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Wilms tumour

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If Wilms tumour spreads

Cancer cells can spread from the kidney to other parts of the body and develop into a new tumour. The new tumour is called a metastasis or secondary tumour. If more than one tumour develops in another part of the body, they are called metastases.

Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps the healthcare team plan your child’s treatment and future care. If Wilms tumour spreads, it is most likely to spread to the following:

  • lymph nodes close to the kidneys
  • the large vein in the abdomen leading to the heart, called the inferior vena cava
  • lungs
  • liver
  • other kidney


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