Today we paired up a 46 year old man with Stage 4 Pleomorphic Rhabdomyosarcoma from Maryland with 2 men close to the same age who beat this cancer 6 years ago in Ohio and California. This is a particularly special pair up, as it is a very rare form of cancer.
What is Rhabdomyosarcoma?A cancer that grows in the soft tissues of the body, most often in muscles, rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare disease that most often occurs in children and young adults, but can also occur in adults. Rhabdomyosarcoma are broken down into three different types: Embryonal (ERMS), alveolar (ARMS), and pleomorphic (PRMS). ERMS and ARMS typically occur in children and young adults while PRMS occurs in adults. Pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare tumor of skeletal muscle phenotype, and usually develops in the large muscles of the legs and arms.