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Reasons to Seek Treatment for Recurrent Rhabdomyosarcoma in Israel

Recurrent Rhabdomyosarcoma

While, in general, rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is not a very common type of cancer, it is the most common pediatric soft tissue sarcoma. The malignancy originates in rhabdomyoblasts, cells that typically develop into healthy skeletal muscle tissue, and results from a mutation that causes them to multiply uncontrollably and invade healthy tissue. Although RMS is most prevalent in children and teenagers, it can develop in adults, where it tends to be more aggressive and metastatic.

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Types of Rhabdomyosarcoma

Many factors are considered when determining the optimal RMS therapeutic approach, including the malignancy’s stage and extent. In particular, recurrent and metastatic instances of rhabdomyosarcoma warrant a dedicated treatment plan. There are three types of rhabdomyosarcoma, distinguished by the site of the malignancy:

  • Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS) is the most commonly found type of RMS in children under six, but it can also occur in older children and adults. ERMS usually develops in the neck and head area, as well as the bladder, vagina, testicles, and prostate.
  • Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) is a faster-growing type of RMS usually found in older children. It attacks large muscle tissue in the arms, legs, and trunk. ARMS is the most common type of RMS.
  • Pleomorphic Rhabdomyosarcoma, sometimes called anaplastic RMS, is the rarest subtype of the malignancy and the most aggressive. It develops in the extremities and is usually metastatic.
  • Recurrent Rhabdomyosarcoma Treatment

    Surgery

    A common primary therapeutic approach used when the malignancy has not yet metastasized.

    Radiation Therapy

    Radiation is usually employed alongside chemotherapy. Specialized techniques used at Sheba allow doctors to regulate the dosage and volume for minimal side effects.

    Chemotherapy

    Used in both metastatic and non-metastatic cases, chemotherapy is delivered through the bloodstream for a systemic effect.

    Targeted Therapy

    A specialized drug treatment targeting cancer cells without affecting normal ones.

    Bone Marrow Transplantation

    Following an intense chemotherapy regime, a bone marrow transplantation is often required to help restore normal function.

    Why Many Seek Recurrent Rhabdomyosarcoma Treatment in Israel

    Choosing a first-class treatment facility is critical to ensuring the best possible outcome, especially for patients with metastatic or recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma. In Israel, doctors commonly spend more time on medical education compared to their American counterparts. While cancer care can be expensive, treatment in Israel is often 30-80% more affordable compared to the US. However, this doesn’t mean you will be sacrificing quality, as facilities in Israel are counted among the world’s best when it comes to equipment, procedures, and specialists, which is especially true for Israel’s premier healthcare institution, Sheba Medical Center.

    Treatment at Sheba Medical Center

    Sheba Medical Center, counted among the world’s top hospitals 10 according to Newsweek Magazine, treats over 2 million patients each year. Fully accredited by the Joint Commission International, Sheba offers international patients the most advanced treatments, including antiangiogenesis, which hinders the blood vessels that feed metastases, while also assisting with travel and accommodation arrangements.

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