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If rhabdomyosarcoma spreads

Cancer cells can spread from where they started to other parts of the body. This is called metastasis.

Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your child’s healthcare team plan treatment and future care. If rhabdomyosarcoma spreads, it can spread to the following:

  • the lungs
  • the liver
  • the bones
  • the bone marrow
  • distant muscles
  • distant lymph nodes

Tumours that start in the ear, the nose or a sinus often spread to the brain or spinal cord (called the central nervous system, or CNS).


Researcher Dr Harvey Chochinov Dr Harvey Chochinov revealed that asking a simple question can improve cancer care.

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