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What's the treatment for fibrosarcomas?
Older children with this condition are more likely to undergo a combination or surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.
Surgery for a fibrosarcoma involves the biopsy, surgical removal of the tumor and bone/skin grafts. The type of surgery will depend on the size and location of the tumor, and whether the cancer has spread.
"We perform these procedures in the hospital's new state-of-the-art pediatric MR-OR. It will allow us to take an MRI scan immediately following surgery to ensure the tumor was completely removed and decrease the need for additional surgery."
--Reza Rahbar, DMD, MD about nasal glioma surgery and new MRI facility
Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that works by interfering with the cancer cell's ability to grow or reproduce.
While chemotherapy can be quite effective in treating certain cancers, the agents don't differentiate normal healthy cells from cancer cells.
Because of this, there can be many adverse side effects during treatment. Being able to anticipate these side effects can help the care team, parents, and child prepare, and, in some cases, prevent these symptoms from occurring, if possible.
Chemotherapy is systemic treatment, meaning it is introduced to the bloodstream and travels throughout the body to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy can be given:
Rehabilitation includes physical and occupational therapy along with psychosocial
Supportive care s any type of treatment to prevent and treat infections, side effects of treatments, and complications, and to keep your child comfortable during
Continual follow-up care
A schedule of follow-up care will be determined by your child's physician and other members of your care team to monitor ongoing response to treatment and possible late effects of treatment.
What is the long-term outlook for patients with fibroosarcoma?
Prognosis for fibrosarcoma greatly depends on:
Every child is unique and treatment and prognosis is structured around your child's needs. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis.
What is the recommended long-term care for children treated for fibrosarcoma?
Children should visit a survivorship clinic every year to:
A typical follow-up visit may include some or all of the following:
Through the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, childhood cancer survivors receive a comprehensive follow-up evaluation from their cancer care team.
We also offer the following services:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”