Rhabdomyosarcoma

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Rhabomyosarcoma is a form of soft-tissue sarcoma that occurs often in children.[1] It has different cellular subtypes, including embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma and aveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.[1] Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma is the cellular subtype in slightly more than half of patients.[1] It can arise in the parameningeal area, genitourinary region, in the eye, area in and around the head and neck, or extremities (arms/legs).[1]

Treatment[change | edit source]

Rhabdomyosarcoma is usually treated with radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery if it has not spread beyond the primary site.

Prognosis[change | edit source]

Patients whose disease has not spread beyond the primary tumor have a five-year survival rate of up to 80% when treated well, but patients whose disease has spread past the primary tumor have a five-year survival rate of only 30%.[1]

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