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How is surgery used to treat rhabdomyosarcoma?

Surgery is the most common treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma. Usually, doctors will try to remove only the tumor and a small amount of the healthy tissue around it. In some cases, radiation therapy may be used before surgery to shrink the tumor. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy may also be used after surgery to kill any cancer cells that may be left. Amputation, or surgical removal of a limb, may be used as a last resort when the cancer has spread into the bone and muscle of a limb and would be impossible to remove without amputation. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about surgery for your child's rhabdomyosarcoma.

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