The cancer arises in the cells that cover nerve cells and can occur anywhere in the body. The cells around the nerve cells are called schwann cells, so MPNST can also be called schwannomas or neurofibrosarcomas. They most commonly occur in people who have a rare genetic disorder called Von Recklinghausen's disease. Also referred to as Peripheral nervous system tumor or malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor.

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Children's Hospital Boston: Neurofibrosarcoma
Description of the disease also known as peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Includes causes, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, treatment, surgery options, radiation, prognosis, and latest research information.
Doctors Doctor: Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors
Provides background of the disease (also known as Malignant Schwannoma), lab, associations, histologic type, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment options.
MPNST: Clinicopathological study and treatment outcome of twenty-four cases
Study includes disease background, patients and methods, results, discussion, and conclusions. (January 01, 2006)
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