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Why would oncologists choose not to use any radiation when treating alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, primary site left leg, amputation ned in amputated leg.

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Dr. Creighton Wright answered

Specializes in surgery

Ask the oncologist: Or get second opinion. These are infrequent tumors most are staged and treated by studied evidence based effective protocols and clinical trials.

Answered 11/29/2013

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Dr. Noah Federman answered

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No radiation: Generally we use radiation with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma; however, in the setting where the primary site was amputated there is nothing left to radiate.

Answered 3/13/2015

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Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

Locally controlled: Radiation is used for local control. If wide negative margins were achieved with the amputation, there is no need to do more local therapy: local tissue no long exists. Much of this decision has to be based on the case's specifics.

Answered 11/29/2013

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