Characteristics and outcome of children with renal tumors in the Netherlands: The first five-year's experience of national centralization

Prakriti Roy, Sophie E van Peer, Martin M de Witte, Godelieve A M Tytgat, Henrike E Karim-Kos, Martine van Grotel, Cees P van de Ven, Annelies M C Mavinkurve-Groothuis, Johannes H M Merks, Roland P Kuiper, Janna A Hol, Geert O R Janssens, Ronald R de Krijger, Marjolijn C J Jongmans, Jarno Drost, Alida F W van der Steeg, Annemieke S Littooij, Marc H W A Wijnen, Harm van Tinteren, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink

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Around 6% of all childhood malignancies represent renal tumors, of which a majority includes Wilms tumor (WT). Although survival rates have improved over the last decades, specific patients are still at risk for adverse outcome. In the Netherlands, since 2015, pediatric oncology care for renal tumors has been centralized in the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology. Here, we describe experiences of the first 5 years of centralized care and explore whether this influences the epidemiological landscape by comparing data with the Netherlands Cancer Registry (NCR). We identified all patients <19 years with a renal mass diagnosed between 01-01-2015 and 31-12-2019 in the Princess Máxima Center. Epidemiology, characteristics and management were analyzed. We identified 164 patients (including 1 patient who refused consent for registration), in our center with a suspicion of a renal tumor. The remaining 163 cases included WT (n = 118)/cystic partially differentiated nephroblastoma (n = 2)/nephrogenic rests only (n = 6) and non-WT (n = 37). In this period, the NCR included 138 children, 1 17-year-old patient was not referred to the Princess Máxima Center. Central radiology review (before starting treatment) was performed in 121/163 patients, and central pathology review in 148/152 patients that underwent surgery. Treatment stratification, according to SIOP/EpSSG protocols was pursued based on multidisciplinary consensus. Preoperative chemotherapy was administered in 133 patients, whereas 19 patients underwent upfront surgery. Surgery was performed in 152 patients, and from 133 biomaterial was stored. Centralization of care for children with renal tumors led to referral of all but 1 new renal tumor cases in the Netherlands, and leads to referral of very rare subtypes not registered in the NCR, that benefit from high quality diagnostics and multidisciplinary decision making. National centralization of care led to enhanced development of molecular diagnostics and other innovation-based treatments for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0261729
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2022


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