Is follow-up care needed after treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma?

After being treated for rhabdomyosarcoma, follow-up care is extremely important. In the first few years after treatment, your child will need to go to the doctor for frequent check-ups. Your child's doctor may perform a physical exam, including a variety of tests to make sure the cancer has not spread or come back. During and after treatment, you need to take good care of your child's overall health. Make sure to provide a balanced diet, and encourage your child to participate in normal activities and to be as active as possible. Follow-up care is different for each child, so talk with your child's doctor about what you can expect during and after treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma.

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Musculoskeletal Cancers

Cancers of the musculoskeletal system affects our bodys muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints and cartilage.For unknown reasons, cells that help us form our muscles, bones and connective tissues become damaged, leading to sev...

eral cancers of this system, which helps us move our bodies. Many of these diseases are more common in children than adults. Rhabdomyosarcoma (pronounced RAB-doh-MY-oh-sar-KOH-muh) causes cancerous tumors to develop in the head, neck, bladder and reproductive organs. The Ewing Family of Tumors (EFTs) cause rare cancers of the bone and soft tissues found in our arms, legs, head, neck and trunk. The most common type of bone cancer, osteosarcoma weakens the connective tissues and minerals that give our bones strength. Most musculoskeletal cancers are rare but can be difficult to treat. Early detection is key to improving your outcome. See your doctor if you or your child have a lump that grows or does not disappear, find blood in your urine or have bone pain.
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