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Desmoid Tumor


Synonyms of Desmoid Tumor
  • Aggressive fibromatosis
  • Deep fibromatosis
  • Grade I fibrosarcoma
  • Musculoaponeurotic fibromatosis
  • Nonmetastasizing fibrosarcoma

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    The Greek word desmos which means tendon or band like has been the origin of the term desmoid and was coined by Muller in 1838. Desmoid tumor commonly develops in the fibrous (connective) tissue of the body that forms tendons and ligaments, usually in the arms, legs or midsection, and also in the head and neck. These tissues of the body connect, support, and surround other body parts and organs.

    Desmoid tumor is also called as aggressive fibromatosis as it has similarities with a malignant (cancerous) tumor called fibrosarcoma however, it is considered benign because it does not metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body.
    Regardless of its scientific classification, a Desmoid tumor can be invasive to surrounding tissues and difficult to control. Desmoid tumors can develop virtually at any body site. Superficial desmoids tend to be less aggressive than deep desmoids (abdominal, extra abdominal, mesenteric). It can adhere to and intertwine with surrounding structures and organs. The myofibroblast is the cell considered to be responsible for the development of Desmoid tumor and usually very difficult to remove because they intertwine extensively with the surrounding tissues. These tumors look like dense scar tissue and just like scar tissue, they adhere tenaciously to surrounding structures and organs.
    Surgery has been the traditional main mode of therapy for Desmoid tumors but up to 70% of these tumors recur after surgery.

    Organizations related to Desmoid Tumor
    • American Cancer Society, Inc.
      1599 Clifton Road NE
      Atlanta GA 30329
      Phone #: 404-320-3333
      800 #: 800-227-2345
      e-mail: N/A
      Home page: http://www.cancer.org
    • Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation
      P.O. Box 273
      Suffern NY 10901
      Phone #: 914-262-6595
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@dtrf.org
      Home page: http://www.dtrf.org
    • Madisons Foundation
      PO Box 241956
      Los Angeles CA 90024
      Phone #: 310-264-0826
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
      Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org



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