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Rhabdoid Tumors

Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT)

A rhabdoid tumor is a rare and highly aggressive tumor of childhood, generally found in the cerebellum. These tumors were initially considered an aggressive variant of Wilms’ tumor of the kidney, however, with newer diagnostic techniques, these tumors are believed to represent a distinct entity, and believed to be a subset of medulloblastomas. These tumors occur in young children, mean age at diagnosis is 3.5 years, with a range of 2 to 13 years.

Treatment for rhabdoid tumors is discussed in an article in the Fall 2003 CCCF Newsletter on treatment for brain tumors:


  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Children’s Cancer Hospital– MD Anderson’s website contains information on the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood cancers. You can also find information about their Childhood Cancer Survivors Clinic, clinical trials, etc.
  • Children’s Hospital Boston

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