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A variety of tumors make up the spectrum of childhood kidney cancers. Tumors of the kidney are often not diagnosed until they are fairly large and cause pain or swelling. They may spread to the lungs, liver or nearby lymph nodes. Kidney tumors are typically unilateral (only in one kidney), but can be found bilaterally (occurring in both kidneys). Wilms tumor is the most common, making up about 8 percent of all childhood cancers.
Typical symptoms of tumors of the kidney are pain, swelling or a lump in the abdomen and blood in the urine. If a kidney tumor is found wholly contained within one kidney, the typical surgery is a nephrectomy—removal of the entire kidney. If the tumor has spread outside the kidney or is bilateral, portions will be removed.
There are several kinds of kidney tumors:
Many factors affect recovery rate and treatment options:
At Children’s, every child diagnosed with a colorectal condition is handled with an individualized treatment plan and family-centered care. In addition, cutting-edge research and the latest technology provide our patients with the best possible outcomes.
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Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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