Wilms' tumor is a rare type of kidney cancer, most often diagnosed in children. The condition is named for a 19th century German surgeon who recognized that the cancer develops from immature kidney cells. There are no clear risk factors for Wilms' tumor, although certain birth defects or syndromes can increase risk. Wilms' tumor usually affects just one kidney. The average age of diagnosis is 3 years, and most children have a very good chance of cure.
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In 1974, 14-month old Michelle Ernsdorff was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor, a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Michelle's hometown pediatricians in Dubuque, Iowa, had little experience treating a child with Wilm's, so her parents, Mike and Sandy ...