What Is the Rhabdomyosarcoma Life Expectancy?

Q:
What is the rhabdomyosarcoma life expectancy?

A:
Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancerous tumor that occurs in the soft tissues of the body. It can happen in the muscles, tendons, and connective tissues. The most common type of rhabdomyosarcoma is embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, which usually occurs in children under 6 years old.

For the patients with rhabdomyosarcoma, there are 3 stages of risk group to estimate the life expectancy. The factors like tumor’s outlook, age and how well the cancer responds to treatments will be considered.

Three groups include:

  • Low-risk group: The survival rates of low-risk group ranges from 70%-90%. Most of the patients from low-risk group will be cured.
  • Intermediate-risk group: While for this group, the survival rates ranges from 50%-70%. The rates are different according to the tumor’s location, stage and etc.
  • High-risk group: The longest life expectancy of patients from high-risk group is about 5 years. The survival rates range from 20%-30%. Children are more likely to survive longer than older patients.

The survival rates are only estimating, and the life expectancy is determined by all the related factors specific to them. They can’t predict what will exactly happen for each patient.

Keywords: rhabdomyosarcoma; life expectancy.

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