- How is rhabdomyosarcoma treated?
- Surgery for rhabdomyosarcoma
- Chemotherapy for rhabdomyosarcoma
- Radiation therapy for rhabdomyosarcoma
- High-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplants for rhabdomyosarcoma
- Rhabdomyosarcoma that progresses or recurs after initial treatment
- Clinical trials for rhabdomyosarcoma
- Complementary and alternative therapies for rhabdomyosarcoma
- More treatment information for rhabdomyosarcoma
Rhabdomyosarcoma that progresses or recurs after initial treatment
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) that continues to grow during treatment or that comes back once treatment is finished is often hard to treat. The treatment options will depend on a number of factors, including where the cancer comes back, the type of tumor, and previous treatments used.
In rare cases, surgery may be used for cancers that recur at distant sites, such as if there is a small recurrence in a lung.
Most often, chemotherapy is the best option for distant spread. This might include some of the drugs listed in the “Chemotherapy for rhabdomyosarcoma” section, as well as newer drugs being studied. Because these tumors are hard to treat, clinical trials of newer treatments may be a good option in many cases.
Last Medical Review: 11/20/2014
Last Revised: 11/21/2014