Adult Wilms' tumor: a case report

Cancer. 1997 Nov 15;80(10):1961-5. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-0142(19971115)80:10<1961::aid-cncr13>;2-w.


Background: Wilms' tumor in an adult is rare and no treatment guidelines have been established, although all authors recommend aggressive therapy based on surgery, radiotherapy, and multiagent chemotherapy.

Methods: The authors describe a case of Wilms' tumor in a 23-year-old woman who developed hepatic and pulmonary metastases after undergoing nephrectomy. Treatment was initiated with carboplatin, etoposide, ifosfamide, and epirubicin combination chemotherapy and irradiation of the tumor bed, lungs, and liver.

Results: Metastatic workup was negative 41 months after suspension of chemoradiotherapy. Hematologic toxicity was high, but was manageable with adequate supportive care.

Conclusions: Because this multimodal treatment, which included a chemotherapeutic regimen with single agents generally used in patients with recurrent disease, had impressive activity in this patient with an advanced adult Wilms' tumor, the issue of further investigation of this alternative schedule is raised.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Kidney Neoplasms / pathology
  • Kidney Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Neoplasm Metastasis
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Wilms Tumor / diagnostic imaging
  • Wilms Tumor / pathology
  • Wilms Tumor / therapy*