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What are the side effects of rhabdomyosarcoma treatment?

Side effects of treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma may vary according to the kind of treatment used. Surgery may cause pain or discomfort in the affected area, and it can also lead to general fatigue and weakness. Radiation therapy can lead to skin irritation, fatigue, infection, and weakness and, depending on the area being treated, it may cause other temporary side effects like nausea or swelling. If chemotherapy is used, side effects may include weakness, vomiting, loss of appetite, bruising or bleeding, and hair loss.

There may be more long-term side effects, as well. If children receive some treatments, like chemotherapy, it may be impossible for them to have children later in life. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may also increase the risk of developing another type of cancer later in life. Radiation therapy can cause growth problems in bones and other tissues of young children. Talk to your doctor about potential side effects before your child begins any kind of treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma.

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