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What is rhabdomyosarcoma?

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This is a rare form of cancer that mainly happens in childhood. The name rhabdomyosarcoma comes from the type of cells this cancer usually forms in called rhabdomyoblasts. These cells start to form when a human embryo is just a few weeks old. Later, they turn into tissues that make up the muscles you use to move your body.

Because rhabdomyoblasts are mainly found in developing embryos, the cancer is usually diagnosed in children. It’s very rare for it to be diagnosed in adults, but it can happen.

From: What Is Rhabdomyosarcoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Rhabdomyosarcoma."

KidsHealth.org: "Rhabdomyosarcoma."

The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative (SarcomaHelp.org): "Rhabdomyosarcoma."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Rhabdomyosarcoma."

National Cancer Institute: "Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Rhabdomyosarcoma."

KidsHealth.org: "Rhabdomyosarcoma."

The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative (SarcomaHelp.org): "Rhabdomyosarcoma."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Rhabdomyosarcoma."

National Cancer Institute: "Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma Treatment (PDQ)-Patient Version."

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 12, 2018

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