Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma

Specific treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma will be determined by your child’s physician based on:

  • Your child’s age, overall health and medical history.
  • Extent of the disease. 
  • Your child’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies. 
  • Expectations for the course of the disease. 
  • Your opinion or preference.

Treatment may include (alone or in combination) the following methods:

  • Surgery.
  • Resection of tumor and/or metastases. 
  • Chemotherapy. 
  • Radiation therapy. 
  • Lumbar puncture – to administer medication and treat cancer cells if found in this site. 
  • Supportive care – for the side effects of treatment. 
  • Antibiotics – to prevent/treat infections.
  • Bone marrow transplant. 
  • Continuous follow-up care – to manage disease and detect any recurrence of the tumor.