Rhabdomyosarcoma care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic experts are known for having the highest quality expertise and resources to meet the needs of children and adults with rhabdomyosarcoma. Each year, our experienced multispecialty sarcoma teams care for more than 2,400 people with soft tissue sarcoma, including many with rhabdomyosarcoma.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic's pediatric specialists work as a team to create a customized treatment plan for your child. Pediatric oncologists work with multiple medical and surgical specialists, including orthopedic surgeons, pediatric surgeons, pediatric radiation oncologists, radiologists and pediatric rehabilitation specialists. The care team also includes pediatric nurses, child life specialists, social workers and others as needed.

If you're an adult with rhabdomyosarcoma, Mayo Clinic's experienced team of experts who treat adults will customize care to your specific needs.

The latest treatments

Mayo Clinic doctors have training and experience in using the latest innovations to improve care for people with rhabdomyosarcoma.

At Mayo Clinic, you have access to:

  • A full range of treatment options to consider. Mayo Clinic experts work with you to review treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The types of treatments offered include the latest advancements in chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.
  • More-precise radiation therapy. Mayo Clinic's Proton Beam Therapy Program provides highly targeted precision beam therapy, destroying cancer while sparing healthy tissue.
  • Fertility preservation program. Certain chemotherapy and radiation treatments increase the risk to fertility. As part of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, the Fertility Preservation Program evaluates children with cancer whose disease and treatment could affect future fertility. Fertility preservation services also are available for adults.
  • Access to the latest treatments through clinical trials. Mayo Clinic is active in sarcoma research, including rhabdomyosarcoma, which gives you or your child a chance to enroll in clinical trials to try the latest treatment innovations.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic is consistently recognized by other organizations for providing outstanding patient care. These endorsements reinforce our commitment to providing expert care, tailored to the needs of each patient with rhabdomyosarcoma. Other reasons to choose Mayo Clinic for cancer care:

  • Experience you can trust. Mayo Clinic doctors are widely respected for their expertise in diagnosing and treating all types of cancer, including very rare types. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 2,400 people with sarcoma, including many with rhabdomyosarcoma.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center meets the strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center. These standards recognize scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Collaborations to increase knowledge. Mayo Clinic is a member of collaborations to expand the understanding of cancer, such as the Children's Oncology Group and National Comprehensive Cancer Network. These collaborations mean that you or your child will receive coordinated diagnosis and treatment based on the latest research.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023–2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.