Disease Information

Solid Tumor: Rhabdomyosarcoma

Alternate Names: childhood rhabdomyosarcoma, embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma

What is rhabdomyosarcoma?

Rhabdomyosarcoma is a type of cancerous tumor that arises in the soft tissue, such as muscles.

Rhabdomyosarcoma can occur throughout childhood and may be present at birth.

Rhabdomyosarcoma in children differs from the form of the disease typically seen in adults. There are two types of rhabdomyosarcoma: embryonal and alveolar.


How common is rhabdomyosarcoma?


What are the symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma?

Rhabdomyosarcoma symptoms are similar to those of other cancers and may include:


How is rhabdomyosarcoma treated?

Patients generally have surgery first.

After surgery, all patients receive chemotherapy.

More surgery and/or radiation therapy may be used for some patients.


What are the survival rates for rhabdomyosarcoma?


Why choose St. Jude for your child’s rhabdomyosarcoma treatment?

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