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Alternative Treatments For Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma
COG and NCI:
The most up to date listing of active clinical trials:
this lists phase i-iv clinical trials for children with newly diagnosed, or relapsed rhabdomyosarcoma (rms).
For a good overview of rms:
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childrhabdomyosarcoma/patient/page1/allpages
i wish you the best. ...Read more
COG trials ongoing.:
The best option is to find a cog treatment center and discuss this with them.
In a nutshell, timing/dose/volume of agents is being optimized at present.
Late effects and mixtures of drugs that may or may not be too toxic are just now finishing studies.
New imaging and new radiation methods (protons) are also coming to light.
Better than a 400 word answer, find a face to face option. ...Read more
My granddaughter is 8 years old. She has had "rhabdomyosarcoma" for four years. Where is the best place to go for treatment?
Member of COG:
Pediatric hospitals that are part of the children's oncology group offer the most up to date therapies for children with cancer. A list of member institutions can be found at:
http://www. Childrensoncologygroup. Org/index. Php/locations/
if her disease requires more experimental therapy, certain hospitals would be better.
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Yes: Rhabdomyosarcoma is curable with intensive multiagent chemotherapy and surgery or radiation therapy. Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma is the more aggressive rhabdomyosarcoma subtype and does not have as good a prognosis as the other types. If it is only in one location many patients are long term survivors. If it is metastatic than the prognosis is quite poor. ...Read more
A rare disease group: Dominant in pedatric age, cluster in genitourinary locations and head and neck, adjacent to meninges. Surgery to remove is best; chemotherapy is used when indicated, and radiotherapy only when benefit outstrips adverse effects to growing bones and muscles, so very age dependent. ...Read more
Tough to answer:
Usually a disease of children and very uncommon at that. Very rare in adults. Definitely should be treated at a center. Difficult to answer the question without knowing about treatment, and surgical resection etc.
Tried to give some info since I have seen your question for a bit.
Would discuss details with oncologist at a large center esp. If a child. ...Read more
Why would oncologists choose not to use any radiation when treating alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, primary site left leg, amputation ned in amputated leg.
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. ...Read more
My feet and ankles swell periodically. I/m very concerned about this. Please help. I recently completed radiation therapy due to rhabdomyosarcoma.
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