How we treat pediatric renal tumors
Most pediatric kidney cancers are treatable, and many can be cured. We treat kidney tumors in kids with a surgery known as a nephrectomy, which removes the tumor.
Treating kidney tumors in kids and teens requires close observation by an oncologist, a medical physician specialized in cancer. It may also require further surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and routine imaging to see if the cancer has spread or returned.
Types of renal tumor surgery
There are three types of nephrectomies:
- A radical nephrectomy removes the whole kidney.
- A partial nephrectomy removes part of the kidney.
- A minimally invasive radical nephrectomy removes the kidney tumor using minimally invasive surgery.
Why choose Children’s Colorado to treat pediatric renal tumors?
Because proper treatment for kidney tumors in children is not always straightforward, we believe it helps to get advice from physicians with abundant experience treating this cancer. At Children’s Colorado, experts in our Urologic Tumor Program have extensive experience managing pediatric kidney cancer for kids of all ages. We are experienced with all phases of care for renal tumors and can provide care for patients in all stages of the disease. As a hospital, we are fortunate to have one of the few pediatric urologists in the world who is also fellowship-trained in urologic oncology, Nicholas Cost, MD. Our medical experts are also active in clinical trials and research, always striving to find more effective, innovative ways to treat pediatric renal cancer.
At Children’s Colorado, we treat each patient as an individual, offering customized treatment for every case and every patient. We proudly provide both traditional and advanced options for treatment, as well as access to the latest research on pediatric kidney cancer.
Pediatric renal tumor resources
For more information on kidney tumors in children, visit:
- The Children’s Oncology Group: A National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials group and the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research.
- CureSearch for Children’s Cancer: A nonprofit foundation working to find and accelerate cures for childhood cancer.
- The National Cancer Institute: The U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research, providing the most recent advances in cancer and cancer research.