Plight of children sufferring from a common form of pediatric cancer

Plight of children sufferring from a common form of pediatric cancer

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Shocking images show plight of cancer-stricken 3-year-old child, with kidney tumour the size of a BEACH BALL
Dramatic new photographs have illustrated the plight of children suffering from a common form of pediatric cancer.

The snapshots, offer graphic insight into the pain of Wilms Tumours – a rare form of growths that target the kidneys.

Identified only as Sohana, the infant is shown on a busy roadside – stomach protruding – while being held by a relative.

The child’s painful-looking mass is so swollen that the youngster appears unable to wear her clothes properly, with her t-shirt barely covering the tumour’s tip and her elasticated trousers gathered underneath it.

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Shockingly, Wilms tumours are the most common cancers in children, accounting for 9 out of 10 cases, but – according to cancer charity Macmillan – the causes of it are largely unknown.

Very rarely, people who develop Wilms’ tumour have other specific conditions which are present at birth, such as a lack of an iris in the eye (aniridia), abnormalities of the genitals or a condition where one side of the body is slightly larger than the other (hemihypertrophy).

Impractical: The child’s painful-looking mass is so swollen that the youngster appears unable to wear her clothes properly

There is also evidence that suggests a slight genetic link, although only 1 per cent of patients have a relative with the condition.

Fortunately, all children are expected to undergo a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis, before undergoing surgery.

Apart from very young children (under six months), most patients will also receive chemotherapy before having a bigger operation to remove the entire tumour.

The operation usually involves removing the whole of the affected kidney.

Source: Dailymail

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