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Gene causing rare form of kidney cancer identified

Children with Wilm’s tumour may no longer need nephrectomies
Diagram of Wilm’s tumour in a baby

Children with Wilm’s tumour, a rare form of kidney cancer, may no longer need nephrectomies

A gene linked to a rare form of childhood kidney cancer could hold the key to treating the disease without the need to remove the affected organ, scientists say.

Most children with Wilms’ tumour undergo nephrectomies, but new research suggests that future treatments could target patches of abnormal tissue without the need to sacrifice one or both kidneys.

While kidney cancers in children are rare, Wilms’ tumour is the most common type, affecting around 80 children a year in the UK.

Nine out of ten cases are treated with surgery to remove the affected kidney.

Pre-cancerous tissue can be traced to a single


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