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How does radiation therapy treat rhabdomyosarcoma?

Radiation therapy may be used to treat some cases of rhabdomyosarcoma. This type of treatment involves directing high-energy rays at tumors to destroy cancer cells. Radiation treatment is usually given every day for several weeks. Most of the time, radiation therapy is used to kill any cancer cells left after a tumor is surgically removed. In some cases, radiation therapy may be used before surgery in order to shrink the tumor to make surgery easier. Other times, radiation therapy may be the main treatment used if surgery is not possible. Talk to your child's doctor about any concerns you may have regarding radiation therapy.

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