Rhabdomyosarcoma in Children

Rhabdomyosarcoma in children (RMS or ‘rhabdo’) is a tumor made up of cancerous cells that look like immature muscle cells.  In the United States, about 350 new cases are diagnosed each year in children under 15.  Almost two-thirds of children’s rhabdo cases develop in children under 10.

RMS may arise in any part of the body, but the most common sites for this tumor are:

  • Adjacent to the base of the skull (parameningeal)
  • Around the eye (orbital)
  • Other superficial sites in the head and neck, such as the cheek or lip
  • Arms and legs (extremities)
  • Urinary system and reproductive sexual organs

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