The North American Wilms Tumor Study Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
The North American Wilms Tumor Study (NAWTS)

The North American Wilms Tumor Study

Wilms tumor is a type of cancer in the kidney that occurs in very young children. It is the most common kidney cancer in children and is the fourth most common childhood cancer in North America. While we know that genetic and environmental factors have a role in cancer development, there is still very little known about the causes of cancer in infants and children. Although cancer in children is rare, research on childhood cancer could have an impact on the years and quality of life of affected children.

The North American Wilms Tumor Study (NAWTS) is being conducted by the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of the Sinai Health System, in collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group. The overall purpose is to find possible causes, including genetic or environmental factors and medical conditions that may increase the risk of Wilms tumor and related conditions. We will achieve this by obtaining health and lifestyle information about children who have been diagnosed with Wilms tumor and their parents, and comparing this to information from children without cancer. A total of approximately 840 families will be included in this research from North America.

The North American Wilms Tumor Study is supported by 


Mount Sinai Hospital