Rhabdomyosarcoma is a fast-growing cancer that starts in cells that would normally develop into muscle cells. It happens most often to young children.
Symptoms depend on where the rhabdomyosarcoma develops. They include:
Your child may have problems related to the specific part of the body affected by cancer, such as:
Rhabdomyosarcoma in a child’s arms and legs will often spread, especially to the lungs, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. This doesn’t usually cause symptoms.
Doctors suspect rhabdomyosarcoma from your child's symptoms. To know for sure if your child has rhabdomyosarcoma, doctors will:
If your child has cancer, doctors will do tests to see if it has spread. They'll:
It's easier to treat rhabdomyosarcoma if it hasn't spread.