If rhabdomyosarcoma spreads

Last medical review:

Cancer cells can spread from where they started to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.

Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your child's healthcare team plan treatment and future care. If rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) spreads, it can spread to the following:

  • lungs
  • bones
  • bone marrow
  • liver
  • distant muscles
  • distant lymph nodes
  • breasts
  • brain or spinal cord (called the central nervous system, or CNS)

Expert review and references

  • Paul Nathan, MD, MSc, FRCPC
  • Normand Laperriere, MD, FRCPC
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