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Pediatric Rhabdomyosarcoma

Key Points About Rhabdomyosarcoma in Children

  • Rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that starts in the cells that develop into skeletal muscle cells.
  • It can start almost anywhere in the body. The most common places are the head and neck; urinary and reproductive organs; arms and legs; and chest and belly.
  • Symptoms depend on the size of the tumor and where it is. A lump or swelling, pain, bleeding and trouble urinating or having bowel movements are some symptoms.
  • Tests include imaging studies and biopsy of the tumor.
  • Treatment includes surgery, chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation therapy.
  • Ongoing follow-up care during and after treatment is needed.
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Kensley smiling

Kensley's Story

Just before Christmas, Nkenge and Tanya took their 2-year-old daughter Kensley to the Emergency Department because she was complaining of stomach pain and they could feel a bulge in her abdomen. Kensley was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma and continues to received treatment from Amy Hont, M.D., and the multidisciplinary team of surgeons, gynecologists and radiation oncologists at Children's National.

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Oncology

Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.