Submit sites that focus on cancer that arises in the cells that cover nerve cells.
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.