Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma Urinary bladder case

Dear All,

My sister was diagnosed with Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma in urinary bladder and is currently under treatment here in Kerala. she was diagnosed with the disease in october 2013. She underwent a surgery to remove the tumor. The tumor was a huge one and weighted around 3.5 kg. The post- Chemotherapy have started and we have already done with 5 cycles of chemotherapy. Doctor has advised to continue the treatment for 1 year after the surgery. During the last chemotherapy, we had done an abdominal scan and it reveals still a small portion(around 5cm x 10cm) of tumor is remaining and is inseparable from Uterus and Bladder. My initial impression was that the tumor was completely removed and the chemotherapy is just given to destroy any invisible cells. The scan report makes me scary and I am really concerned about the status. But on discussion with doctor, he has told that the medicine is showing a good effect and that we can continue the treatment. I would like to get some advice from members here for some points:

- did the tumor reappeared after the surgery was done.

- does the tumor not showing good effect to chemotherapy

- the tumor was formed at the dome of bladder. will it effect any functions of the bladder?

Thanking you All.

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