Infantile Fibrosarcoma is a type of cancer that usually forms in the fibrous connective tissue of infants and young children. Infantile fibrosarcoma is a malignant, or cancerous, tumor that is fast-growing and typically affects the lower leg or arm.
Infantile Fibrosarcoma is a type of cancer that usually forms in the fibrous connective tissue of infants and young children. Infantile Fibrosarcoma is a malignant, or cancerous, tumor that is fast-growing and typically affects the lower leg or arm. It is the most-common soft-tissue sarcoma affecting children under the ages of one. Infantile fibrosarcoma originates from spindle cells and has a similar appearance to fibrosarcoma of adults, however the prognosis of infantile fibrosarcoma is better. Treatment is effective and necessary, as there is a high recurrence rate. Recurrence of the tumor is more common than metastasis, however, there is still a small risk that the tumor may spread. Treatment includes surgery and adjuvant chemotherapy, which has been shown to be more effective in pediatric patients.
Infantile Fibrosarcoma is a fast-growing, cancerous tumor that usually forms in the fibrous connective tissue of infants and young children. Without proper treatment, there is a high risk of the tumor returning. The risk for metastasis isn’t as common, however, this tumor may spread and grow into nearby soft-tissues, such as fat, muscle, tendons, nerves, joint tissues, or vessels.
Radiographic imaging is used to help form a diagnosis of infantile fibrosarcoma. These include X-Ray, MRI, CT and Bone Scans.
An example of an MRI is shown.
Treatment of infantile fibrosarcoma consists of limb-sparing surgery, such as wide or radical resections. Although metastasis is not common, the tumor may spread and grow into nearby soft-tissues, such as fat, muscle, tendons, nerves, joint tissues, or vessels. Additionally, there is a risk that the tumor can come back or recur. For these reasons, chemotherapy can be used as an adjuvant treatment.
Surgical treatment includes wide or radical resections to remove the complete tumor and additional margins. The removal of additional, surrounding margins ensures that the tumor is completely removed and decreases the chances of the tumor coming back.
Chemotherapy is a systemic treatment option for some cancers, meaning the chemotherapy drugs travel throughout the body and can kill the cancerous cells that have metastasized, or spread throughout. Chemotherapy is used to treat cancer, control/prevent cancer from spreading, and ease the symptoms related to the cancer. There are various drugs used in chemotherapy, so the combinations of drugs administered and the number of cycles may differ between each person and tumor. Lastly, chemotherapy may be used in conjunction with other treatments, specifically local treatments such as surgery.
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