Rhabdomyosarcoma -- Child
- Embryonal—often occurs in the head, neck, or genital or urinary organs
- Alveolar—often occurs in the arms, legs, chest, abdomen, or genital or anal areas
- Anaplastic—rarely occurs in children
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- Li-Fraumeni syndrome
- Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
- Costello syndrome
- Noonan syndrome
- Has high birth weight
- Is larger than expected
- Head may cause blockage or discharge of the nose or sinus, facial paralysis, or a hoarse voice
- Eye may make the eyes stick out or appear larger and affect eye sight
- Lung may cause coughing and breathlessness
- Bladder or bowel may cause abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, or trouble urinating
- Uterus may cause bleeding or discharge from the vagina and pain in the pelvis or lower abdomen
- External radiation therapy—radiation directed at the tumor from a source outside the body
- Internal radiation therapy—radioactive materials placed into the body near the cancer cells
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) http://www.cancer.gov
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
ProCURE Alliance http://www.procure.ca
Cincinnati Children’s. Rhabdomyosarcoma. Cincinnati Children’s website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/cancer/diagnose/rhabdomyosarcoma.htm. Updated August 2011. Accessed June 20, 2013.
General information about childhood rhabdomyosarcoma. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH) website. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childrhabdomyosarcoma/Patient. Updated April 2, 2013. Accessed June 20, 2013.
Rhabdomyosarcoma. Cincinnati Children’s website. Available at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/rhabdomyosarcoma/detailedguide/rhabdomyosarcoma-what-is-rhabdomyosarcoma. Updated April 2012. Accessed June 20, 2013.
- Reviewer: Mohei Abouzied, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/52/2014 -
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