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Kidney tumors are diseases in which malignant (cancer) cells are found in the kidney. There are two kidneys, one on each side of the backbone, above the waist. Tiny tubules in the kidneys filter and clean the blood, taking out waste products and making urine. The urine passes from each kidney through a long tube called a ureter into the bladder. The bladder holds the urine until it is passed from the body.
Childhood kidney tumors include:
Children with kidney tumors receive highly coordinated multidisciplinary care through the
Kidney Tumor Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. As a regional, national, and international referral center, our surgeons and solid tumor oncologists have extensive expertise in the care of children with kidney tumors, particularly those with bilateral tumors (tumors on both sides of the abdomen), large tumors, or complex tumor sub-types that are rarely seen elsewhere.
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