Jefferson University Hospitals

Rhabdomyosarcoma (Soft Tissue Sarcoma)

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma (also known as rhabdomyosarcoma), turn to the experts of the Jefferson Musculoskeletal Oncology Center in Philadelphia. Our Center — one of the nation's few complete sarcoma centers — combines the oncology services of the NCI-designated Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson with the orthopedic expertise of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson.

Adult soft tissue sarcoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the soft tissues of the body. Having certain inherited disorders can increase the risk of developing adult soft tissue sarcoma. Possible signs of adult soft tissue sarcoma include a lump or swelling in soft tissue of the body.

Adult soft tissue sarcoma is diagnosed with a biopsy. Risk factors include retinoblastoma, neurofibromatosis type 1, tuberous sclerosis and familial adenomatous polyposis.

Advantages of Soft Tissue Sarcoma Treatment at Jefferson

At the Musculoskeletal Oncology Center, sarcoma experts meet on a regular basis to review all new patients. This team includes radiologists, pathologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and orthopedic surgeons, who come together to decide on the best course of treatment for each patient.

Our services include:

  • Complete orthopedic oncology specific management of sarcoma, benign lesions of bone and soft tissue, metastatic disease to skeleton and extremities
  • Routine orthopedic surgery in oncology patients
  • Management of orthopedic complications of oncology treatment
  • Evaluation and treatment of spinal tumors

Recurrence among Jefferson patients is low, thanks to not only the quality of orthopedic oncology surgery, radiation therapy and medical oncology, but also diligent routine monitoring.