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BY Karen Vollmering

Rhabdomyosarcoma is the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children and adolescents. This type of sarcoma grows in the muscles attached to the skeleton.

We spoke with medical oncologist Douglas Harrison, M.D., who treats pediatric cancer patients at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, to learn more. 

What are common rhabdomyosarcoma symptoms?

Rhabdomyosarcoma symptoms vary depending on the cancer’s location...

Medical oncologist Douglas Harrison, M.D., listens to the heart of pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma patient Sawyer Hack, sitting down in a clinic examination room.

BY Ronda Wendler

Arik Mayer had just graduated from high school and was eagerly anticipating his new life as a college student. But during his first year at...

BY Karen Vollmering

Growing up with a family history of cancer, Jonathan Ting knew the importance of regular checkups. If anything were to happen, he wanted to...

BY Chris Massanova

I ran my first triathlon in the summer of 2015. Even with the 100-degree Texas heat, I fell in love with the sport. I started training several hours a day and eating a healthy diet. Swimming, running and cycling gave me a way to challenge myself and develop a healthy mindset about my food choices.

This also helped me overcome cancer of the base of tongue a few years later.

In the summer of 2021, I had a sore throat when...

Chris Massanova riding a bicycle during a race.

BY Karen Vollmering

The summer after six-year-old Christian completed kindergarten, he started complaining that his ear hurt. His mom, Marisa Garcia, thought...

BY D. Ivan Young, Ph.D.

As an International Coaching Foundation master-certified coach, National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching-certified coach and behavioral...

BY Gerry McKim

As a retired Navy hurricane research pilot, I don’t leave anything up to chance. When I was with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration...

BY Karen Vollmering

Many cancer patients lose weight unexpectedly during radiation therapy because they struggle with side effects caused from treatment. Maintaining...

BY Naresh Aggarwal, M.D.

When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was determined to find the best care and treatment. As an orthopedic surgeon, I have traveled...

BY Karen Vollmering

Many cancer patients will need radiation therapy as part of their treatment. Radiation can be used alone or as part of a treatment plan. When...