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What are the treatment options for rhabdomyosarcoma?

Treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma often depends on the type and location of the cancer. In almost all cases, treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma begins with surgery. Usually, doctors will try to remove the entire tumor and a tiny amount of the surrounding tissue. Most of the time, doctors can remove just the tumor and not an entire limb, but if the cancer has started to spread throughout an arm or leg, doctors may have to perform an amputation. After surgery, doctors usually suggest chemotherapy, which involves taking strong medications that kill cancer cells. If cancer still is left in the body after surgery, doctors may also recommend radiation therapy. This method involves aiming high-energy rays at the affected area to destroy cancer cells. Radiation may be done before surgery to shrink the tumor if it is in a location that is hard to operate on. Because treatment depends so much on each individual case, it is important to talk to your child's doctor to determine the best treatment for your child.

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