Rhabdomyosarcoma

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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).

Stories

Researcher Dr John Bell Dr John Bell revealed how cancer-killing viruses attack tumour blood vessels.

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Access to services in your community

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The Canadian Cancer Society’s Community Services Locator helps cancer patients and their families find the services and programs they need in their community.

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