Alveolar soft part sarcoma
The first step in treating your child is forming an accurate and complete diagnosis.
How does my child’s doctor know that it’s alveolar soft part sarcoma?
Here at Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center, your child's doctor may use several tests and procedures to determine the exact type of tumor and whether it has spread. These tests may include:
- a physical exam, including checking the limb where the tumor is located
- x-rays, which produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film
- magnetic resonance imaging (MR or MRI), which produces detailed images of the area where the tumor is located
- computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) to capture a detailed view of the body, in some cases
- biopsy or tissue sample from the tumor to provide definitive information about the type of tumor; this is collected during surgery
- bone scan to detect bone involvement
- complete blood count (CBC), which measures size, number and maturity of different blood cells in a specific volume of blood
- other blood tests, including blood chemistries
After we complete all necessary tests, our experts meet to review and discuss what they have learned about your child's condition. Then we will meet with you and your family to discuss the results and outline the best treatment options.
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