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Will my child's limb be amputated because of rhabdomyosarcoma?

If rhabdomyosarcoma develops in a limb, surgery is usually the first treatment used. Fortunately, doctors are often able to remove the cancer without amputating the whole limb. In these procedures, called limb-sparing surgery, the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue is removed. Then, chemotherapy or radiation therapy is used to kill any remaining cancer cells. Amputation is used usually only as a last resort when the cancer has spread into the muscle or bone of that limb and it would be impossible to get rid of all the cancer with another procedure. Even in those cases, though, surgery may be avoided in favor of another type of treatment.

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