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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 Jackie Rodriguez

At age 21, most people are still discovering who they are. But I was being treated at MD Anderson for osteochondroma-associated de-differentiated...

BY Jennifer Meador

Cancer has been a part of my life practically from Day 1. 

I had to have my left kidney removed when I was just 4 months old,...

BY Karen Vollmering

The summer after six-year-old Christian completed kindergarten, he started complaining that his ear hurt. His mom, Marisa Garcia, thought it was an ear infection from being in the water during a recent beach trip. At first, she didn’t see anything, but then she noticed a lump behind his left ear.

When his face began to swell and the bump grew larger, his parents took him to the emergency room. On June 14, 2021, doctors found a...

Christian Garcia standing in front of the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. He is smiling while wearing a black t-shirt, with his arms by his sides.

BY Lisa Garcia

When retired Florida physician Bob Wagar, M.D., was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and sarcoma, he knew he would've felt comfortable...

BY Lisa Garcia

Soft tissue sarcoma begins in the soft – or connective – tissues of the body, such as muscle, fat and blood vessels. There are dozens of&nbsp...

BY Cynthia DeMarco

Though it happens very infrequently, sometimes people develop a second type of cancer in addition to the first. This could be due to a number...

BY Lisa Garcia

When leiomyosarcoma survivor Gail Walsh told her orthopedic oncologist Patrick Lin, M.D., that she planned to hike the Appalachian Trail,...

BY Bella Lawlar

I was about halfway through my cancer treatment for soft tissue sarcoma of the nasal cavity — a type of nasopharyngeal cancer —when I decided...

BY Kellie Bramlet Blackburn

On a warm day in May 2018, Ashton and Charmayne Thomas swiftly booked a flight from Arizona to Houston. They dropped off their two eldest...