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International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2015, Article ID 706058, 5 pages
Research Article

The Impact of Ethnicity on Wilms Tumor: Characteristics and Outcome of a South African Cohort

1Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of the Free State and Universitas Hospital, P.O. Box 339(G69), Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa
2Department of Paediatric Surgery, Nelson Mandela School of Medicine, Private Bag 7, Congella 4013, South Africa
3Paediatric Oncology Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Chris Hani Road, P.O. Box 2013, Bertsham, Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa
4South African Medical Research Council, Francie Van Zyl, Parow, Tygerberg, Cape Town 7550, South Africa

Received 23 December 2014; Revised 22 February 2015; Accepted 28 February 2015

Academic Editor: Julie Blatt

Copyright © 2015 D. K. Stones et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Nephroblastoma is the commonest renal tumour seen in children. It has a good prognosis in developed countries with survival rates estimated to be between 80% and 90%, while in Africa it remains low. Method. Retrospective study of patients diagnosed with nephroblastoma who are seen at 4 paediatric oncology units, representing 58.5% of all South African children with nephroblastoma and treated following SIOP protocol between January 2000 and December 2010. Results. A total of 416 patients were seen at the 4 units. Over 80% of our patients were African and almost 10% of mixed ethnicity. The most common stage was stage 4. The median survival was 28 months after diagnosis with the mixed ethnicity patients recording the longest duration (39 months) and the white patients had the shortest median survival. The overall 5-year survival rate was estimated to be 66%. Stage 2 patients did significantly better (85%). Conclusions. Our patients are similar with regard to gender ratio, median age, and age distribution as described in the literature, but in South Africa the more advanced stage disease seen than in other developed countries is translated into low overall survival rate.