Desmoid Tumor

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/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center 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.