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: November 20, 2014 Last Revised: November 21, 2014