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Andrea Ferrari, Palma Dileo, Michela Casanova, Rossella Bertulli, Cristina Meazza, Lorenza Gandola, Pierina Navarria, Paola Collini, Alessandro Gronchi, Patrizia Olmi, Franca Fossati-Bellani and Paolo G. Casali Rhabdomyosarcoma in adults Cancer 98

Article first published online: 16 JUN 2003 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.11550

It has been reported that adults with RMS have a decidedly worse prognosis than do children with RMS. The current retrospective study of 171 patients found similar results. However, adults who were treated according to current guidelines for treatment of pediatric RMS had a similar outcome to that of children, and the overall rate of response of RMS to chemotherapy was similar for adults and children. These findings suggest that treatment plans for adults with RMS should be based on the same set of guidelines adopted for children. Prospective studies are needed to determine the effectiveness of regimens that are based on pediatric RMS treatment strategies but tailored to adult patients.

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