Treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma
Specific treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma will be determined by your child's doctor based on:
Your child's age, overall health, and medical history
Extent of the disease
Your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
Expectations for the course of the disease
Your opinion or preference
Treatment may include (alone or in combination):
Long-term outlook for a child with rhabdomyosarcoma
Prognosis greatly depends on:
The extent of the disease.
The size and location of the tumor.
Presence or absence of metastasis.
The tumor's response to therapy.
The age and overall health of your child.
Your child's tolerance of specific medications, procedures, or therapies.
New developments in treatment.
As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from child to child. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential if your child is diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as second malignancies, can occur in survivors of rhabdomyosarcoma.
Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) is a special therapy for patients with certain cancers or other diseases. The goal of BMT is to transfuse healthy bone marrow cells when unhealthy bone marrow has been eliminated. Learn more about this treatment.
Our expert surgical oncology team provides the full spectrum of surgical treatment for children with cancer.
Chemotherapy is the use of anticancer drugs to treat cancer cells. Learn more about this treatment.
Radiation therapy (also called radiation oncology) uses special kinds of energy waves or particles to fight cancer. Learn more about this treatment.
Our oncology (cancer) team provides personalized treatment plans for children with cancer, including access to clinical trials.