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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:
In rare cases, surgery may be used for cancers that recur in other parts of the body, such as if there is a small recurrence in a lung. Radiation therapy might be another option here as well.
Most often, chemotherapy is the best option if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. This might include some of the drugs listed in Chemotherapy for Rhabdomyosarcoma, as well as newer drugs now being studied.
Because these tumors are often hard to treat, clinical trials of newer treatments may be a good option in many cases.
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Last Revised: July 16, 2018