What are the symptoms of rhabdomyosarcoma?

The symptoms depend on where in the body the cancer is located. Symptoms may include:

  • A lump or swelling that keeps getting bigger or does not go away. It may be painful, but not always.
  • Bulging of the eye.
  • Headache.
  • Trouble urinating or having bowel movements.
  • Blood in the urine.
  • Bleeding in the nose, throat, vagina, or rectum.

How is rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosed?

If a doctor thinks that your child may have rhabdomyosarcoma, your child will mostly likely need a biopsy. While you child is under anesthesia, doctors will take a small piece of the tumor for evaluation. Sometimes the entire tumor can be removed during the biopsy surgery.

To determine the cancer’s stage and the best treatment options, we may do further testing, including bone marrow tests and imaging studies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT or CAT) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scans, and bone scans.

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Our Pediatric Support Center team addresses the social and emotional needs of your child and provides support to the whole family, including siblings. We provide a compassionate environment, engaging activities and a range of complementary therapies to make sure your child remains psychologically healthy during the treatment process and beyond.

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