Kidney tumors begin from cells in the kidneys, which are a pair of bean-shaped organs located toward the back near the bottom of the rib cage. Kidneys filter blood, taking out waste products and substances that are not needed. The result is urine, which is stored in the bladder until it passes out of the body.
Cancer in children is not very common. Only about one percent of cancers diagnosed in the United States are in children. So community doctors usually have limited knowledge of pediatric cancer treatment. This is why almost all children with cancer in the United States receive treatment through one of the children’s cancer centers that make up the Children’s Oncology Group. Children diagnosed with kidney tumors are treated at SCCA's parent organization, Seattle Children's.
Children’s cancer program brings together experts from more than 20 subspecialties to provide diagnostic services and treatments, including the very latest options. The team of pediatric oncologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, child life specialists and chaplains partner with you to provide expert, family-centered care and compassionate support. We help you understand your child’s health and treatment options because you, your child and your family are an important part of the care team.
Because Children’s doctors take part in national and international research studies, and often lead them, Children’s can offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot give their patients. Read more about Kidney Tumors on the Seattle Children’s web site.
To make an appointment, call Seattle Children's at (206) 987-2106.