Can rhabdomyosarcoma return after treatment?

It is possible for rhabdomyosarcoma to return, even if it has already been treated. When this happens, the cancer is referred to as "recurrent." Many times, doctors try to prevent recurrence by using a combination of surgery and another type of treatment -- usually radiation therapy or chemotherapy -- to treat rhabdomyosarcoma. Even with this combination, the cancer may come back. If it returns to the place it first developed, doctors will often try to remove it with another round of surgery. If it returns somewhere else in the body, it usually means the cancer is more widespread. In those cases, chemotherapy or radiation may be used.

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