A link to a list of current clinical trials is included for each treatment section. For some types or stages of cancer, there may not be any trials listed. Check with your doctor for clinical trials that are not listed here but may be right for you.
This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of Cannabis and its components as a treatment for people with cancer-related symptoms caused by the disease itself or its treatment.
This summary contains the following key information:
Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.
By federal law, the possession of Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is illegal in the United States.
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Childhood rhabdomyosarcoma may be treated with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy before or after surgery. Treatment with surgery may include the following:
Rhabdomyosarcoma of the head and neck
For tumors of the head and neck that are not near the brain and spinal cord and not in or near the eye: Treatment may include surgery (wide local excision). Some lymph nodes may be removed from the same side of the neck as the tumor. Surgery will be followed by chemotherapy with or without radiation therapy.
For tumors of the head and neck that are in or near the eye: A biopsy of the tumor is done, followed by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If the tumor remains or comes back after treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, surgery to remove the eye and some tissues around the eye may be needed.
For tumors of the head and neck that cannot be removed by surgery: Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are given.
Rhabdomyosarcoma of the arms or legs
For tumors of the arms or legs: Surgery (wide local excision and en bloc removal of a cuff of normal tissue) may be done. For tumors in the arms, lymph nodes near the tumor and in the armpit area are removed. For tumors in the legs, lymph nodes near the tumor and in the groin area are removed. A second surgery may be done to remove any remaining tumor cells.
For tumors in the chest wall or abdominal wall: Surgery (wide local excision) may be done. A second surgery may be done to remove any remaining tumor cells.
For tumors of the chest or abdomen, including the retroperitoneum and pelvis: Chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation therapy, is given to shrink the tumor first, followed by surgery (wide local excision). The surgery is done to remove as much of the remaining tumor as is safely possible.
For tumors of the gallbladder or bile ducts: Surgery is done to remove as much of the tumor as is safely possible, followed by chemotherapy.
For tumors of the muscles or tissues around the anus or between the vulva and the anus or the scrotum and the anus: Surgery is done to remove as much of the tumor as is safely possible and some nearby lymph nodes, followed by chemotherapy.
Rhabdomyosarcoma of the area near the testicles
Rhabdomyosarcoma of the testicular area is usually treated with surgery to remove the testicle and spermatic cord. Sometimes a biopsy of the lymph nodes in the back of the abdomen is done, especially if the lymph nodes are enlarged or the child is older than 9 years. CT scans may be done every 3 months after surgery to see if the cancer is growing in nearby lymph nodes.