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Also known as: rhabdoid tumor, childhood rhabdoid tumor
A malignant rhabdoid tumor is a rare fast growing childhood cancer that commonly occurs in infants and young children (average age 15 months). It usually starts in the kidneys (but can start anywhere in the body in soft tissues - in the brain it's called atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor) and frequently spreads early.
Some cases present in families, and abnormalities in a gene have also been described. It is unclear however what causes the defect to occur in the first place.
Pain presenting as fussiness in infants with blood in the urine, a large mass in the abdomen and high blood pressure are common. If the brain is involved, abnormal function of extremities or changes in level of consciousness may be found.
Treatment for malignant rhabdoid tumor typically involves a multidisciplinary group of Specialists. Surgery to remove the tumor, followed by an aggressive course of chemotherapy with or without radiation to rid the body of cancer (for brain tumors radiation therapy is the cornerstone of management). Many infants who undergo this treatment may also need a stem cell transplant to restore healthy blood cells after the treatment.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: 10/4/2019 4:13:27 PM
Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020
Camp U.O.T.S. is an annual weeklong, overnight camp for children with cancer and blood disorders who are treated at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.