Treatment of embryonal tumors

Embryonal tumors occur through the degeneration of primitive tissue during the embryonal development of the child, causing malignant solid tumors to develop. Among the most common peripheral embryonal tumors are neuroblastomas, nephroblastomas (also known as Wilms tumors), nucleus tumors, hepatoblastomas, rhabdoid tumors and retinoblastomas.

Neuroblastomas develop from degenerated undeveloped nerve cells and are usually found along the spine or in the adrenal gland. Accounting for about 7 percent of all cancers, they are the most common solid tumors in children found outside of the brain. 90 percent of all affected children are younger than six years old, many still in infancy.

The nephroblastoma or Wilms tumor (named after the Heidelberg surgeon Max Wilms who described the tumor in detail around 1900) develops from progenitor cells of kidney tissue and is often discovered by parents or during medical check-ups due to swelling around the belly.

In order to translate the newest research on the molecular causes of neuroblastomas and other embryonal tumors as quickly as possible into targeted therapy concepts, the physicians of the KiTZ work hand in hand with the researchers of the department of Neuroblastoma Genomics (headed by PD Dr. Frank Westermann) at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ).

Consultation „Embryonal tumors“

Dr. Wolfgang Behnisch
Tel.: +49 6221 - 56 8381
E-Mail: wolfgang.behnisch(at)med.uni-heidelberg.de