Desmoid Tumor

Desmoid tumor treatment at Scripps

Scripps Health offers options for the treatment of desmoid tumors.

Desmoid tumor treatment at Scripps

Scripps multidisciplinary teams care for patients with desmoid tumors. These rare tumors are a type of sarcoma cancer that is usually benign (non-cancerous) and originate in the abdomen in soft tissue that surrounds muscles. They typically do not spread to other parts of the body but can have higher recurrence rates, according to national studies.

Diagnosis and detection of desmoid tumors

A biopsy is the most effective way to diagnose desmoid tumors. Detection of the tumors may include a physical examination, blood tests and imaging tests.

Treatment of desmoid tumors

Desmoid tumors may be treated in various ways including:


  • Surgery where the tumor is removed along with a margin of healthy tissue surrounding the cancer.
  • Chemotherapy and targeted therapies when a tumor is not feasible for surgery, due to its size or location, and they can be part of a treatment plan for recurrent (returning) desmoid tumors. A targeted therapy drug has been shown to be successful in some patients in halting the growth of desmoid tumors.