A Desmoid tumor develops in the fibrous tissue that forms tendons and ligaments.
- most often it occurs in the arms, legs or midsection
- it can also occur in the head and neck
- desmoid tumor is also called "aggressive fibromatosis"
- is benign and does not spread to other parts of the body
- can adhere to and intertwine with surrounding structures and organs, which makes it difficult to control
Research on Desmoid tumors
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Care researchers are conducting numerous research studies that will help clinicians better understand and treat Desmoid tumors. Types of treatment currently being studied include:
- Angiogenesis inhibitors - These substances may be able to prevent the growth of tumors by blocking the formation of new blood vessels that feed the tumors.
- Chemotherapy agents - Researchers are testing which chemotherapy drugs, or combination of drugs, are most effective in treating Desmoid tumors.