Treatments for rhabdomyosarcoma

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If your child has cancer, the healthcare team will create a treatment plan just for them. It will be based on the child's health and specific information about the cancer. When deciding which treatments to offer for rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), the healthcare team will consider:

  • stage and clinical group
  • type of RMS
  • location of the tumour

Treatments by location of the tumour

Treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma is based on where the cancer started in the body. Learn about treatments by location of the tumour.

Treatments for metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma

Metastatic cancer means that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Learn about treatments for metastatic rhabdomyosarcoma.

Treatments for recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma

Recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma means that the cancer comes back after it has been treated. Learn about treatment for recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma.

Surgery for rhabdomyosarcoma

Most children with rhabdomyosarcoma will have surgery. Learn about surgery for rhabdomyosarcoma and the side effects.

Chemotherapy for rhabdomyosarcoma

Almost all children with rhabdomyosarcoma will have chemotherapy. Learn about chemotherapy drugs used to treat rhabdomyosarcoma and the side effects.

Radiation therapy for rhabdomyosarcoma

Radiation is usually used to treat rhabdomyosarcoma. Learn when and how radiation therapy is used and the side effects.

Follow-up after treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma

Follow-up after rhabdomyosarcoma treatment varies. Learn about scheduled follow-up appointments and the procedures that may be done.

Late effects of treatments for rhabdomyosarcoma

Adjusting to life after treatment for childhood rhabdomyosarcoma is different for each child. Learn how to cope with the late effects for rhabdomyosarcoma.

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