Malignant fibrous histiocytoma is a cancerous tumor that can start either in bone or, most often, in soft tissues that connect, support or surround organs and other body parts. These tumors are painless masses that often turn up in the extremities, but can occur anywhere in the body. They commonly spread to the lungs and lymph nodes.
Patients with malignant fibrous histiocytoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center through the Bone & Soft Tissue Program. Continue reading to learn more about malignant fibrous histiocytoma or visit the Bone & Soft Tissue Program homepage to learn about our expertise.
Because they tend to affect tissue that is elastic and easily moved, these tumors may exist for a long time before they are discovered, growing large and pushing aside surrounding tissue. Common symptoms of malignant fibrous histiocytoma include:
A physician may order a number of different tests to diagnose malignant fibrous histiocytoma. In addition to a physical exam and neurological testing (reflexes, muscle strength, coordination), these may include:
After all tests are completed, doctors will be able to outline the best treatment options.
Treatment for malignant fibrous histiocytoma may include a combination of:
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