Emotional and Social Issues for Wilms Tumor Survivors and Their Families
Most children with Wilms tumors are very young when they are diagnosed. Still, some children may have emotional or psychological issues that need to be addressed during and after treatment. Depending on their age, they may also have some problems with normal functioning and school work. These can often be helped with support and encouragement. Doctors and other members of the health care team can also often recommend special support programs and services to help children after treatment.
Parents and other family members can also be affected, both emotionally and in other ways. Some common family concerns during treatment include financial stresses, traveling to and staying near the cancer center, the possible loss of a job, and the need for home schooling. Social workers and other professionals at treatment centers can help families sort through these issues.
Centers that treat many patients with Wilms tumors may have programs to introduce new patients and their families to others who have finished their treatment. This can give parents an idea of what to expect during and after treatment, which is very important. Seeing another patient with Wilms tumor doing well is often helpful.
Support groups for families of children with cancer can also be helpful. If you need help finding such a group, call your American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 and we can put you in touch with a group or resource that may work for you.
Last Medical Review: March 6, 2015 Last Revised: February 16, 2016