Rhabdoid Tumor of the Kidney

August 4, 2015 -

Malignant rhabdoid tumor is a very rare, childhood tumor. It usually begins in the kidneys, but can occur in other soft tissues or the brain. This tumor is normally found in toddlers around 15 months old. Each year there are around 20 to 25 new cases of malignant rhabdoid tumor in the United States. Cells from rhabdoid tumors are able to metastasize to other parts of the body.

The treatments for rhabdoid tumors include a mix of therapies including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Since this tumor is extremely rare and very aggressive, there is no specific standard care.

Rhabdoid tumours have the worst prognosis of all renal tumors. It is highly aggressive and metastasises early, with up to 80% of patients presenting with metastatic disease, typically to the lungs and less often to the liver, abdomen, brain, lymph nodes, or skeleton. Custom treatment options are made to accompany the child’s specific needs.

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