Peripheral Nerve Tumors

They generally appear as a lump or a mass on the arm or leg. They do not generally spread to other organs and tissues of the body, although in rare cases they might spread to the lungs.

Symptoms

A lump or mass in the arm or leg, generally affecting young and middle-age adults; may be painless or with pain, numbness, burning, or muscle weakness.

About this Condition

They generally appear as a lump or a mass on the arm or leg. They do not generally spread to other organs and tissues of the body, although in rare cases they might spread to the lungs. In these rare cases, they grow quickly in the sheaths along the nerves and need to be treated aggressively by a multi-disciplinary team.

[Source: Children's Hospital Boston]

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Conservative Treatments

Surgery

Peripheral Nerve Tumor Removal

Peripheral nerve tumors generally are removed electively.  The rare cancerous variety is treated with a combination of therapies: surgery to remove the tumor with chemotherapy, radiation or both to halt the growth and spreading of cancerous cells.

Surgery may involve removing tissue around the tumor to ensure that no cancer cells are left behind. Your medical team may use radiation therapy before surgery to reduce the size of the tumor, after surgery to kill any cancer cells that remain or both. Chemotherapy may be used with or without radiation and before or after surgery.

Please keep in mind that all treatments and outcomes are specific to the individual patient. Results may vary. Complications, such as infection, blood loss, and bowel or bladder problems are some of the potential adverse risks of surgery. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warnings, precautions, adverse events, clinical results and other important medical information.