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Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancerous tumor that grows in the body's soft tissues (which connect, support or surround organs and other body structures), particularly in the muscles that attach to bone and help the body to move. Just weeks into the life of a developing embryo, rhabdomyoblast cells (which grow into muscle over time) begin to form. These are the cells that can develop into rhabdomyosarcoma.
Children with rhabdomyosarcoma are treated through the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our specialists — including pediatric oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists — offer a level of expertise in soft tissue tumors rarely seen at other pediatric cancer centers. We provide the full set of options that can be used to treat rhabdomyosarcoma, and our specialists can help you determine which option is best for your child.
Find in-depth details on rhabdomyosarcoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including answers to:
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