Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for cardiac tumor in children

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Untreated benign cardiac tumors may be life threatening. Treatment of myxoma is usually done by surgical removal of the tumor.

Surgery to remove multiple nodules when rhabomyomas and fibromas are present is usually not effective. Most infants and children with these tumors don't survive beyond the first year of life.

Teratomas, which usually occur in infants, are also usually surgically removed even though they don't cause symptoms.

Treatment of malignant (cancerous) cardiac tumors usually involves radiation, chemotherapy and management of complications. The expected outcomes for these types of tumors is poor.

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