Musculoskeletal Cancers

Is radiation treatment effective for a chordoma?

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  • Chordomas are fairly resistant to radiation, and high doses are often needed for disease control. Since chordomas are usually close to critical neurological structures such as the brain stem and cranial nerves, there is a limit as to how much radiation can safely be delivered. Therefore, highly focused radiation such as stereotactic radiosurgery or proton beam therapy may be more effective than conventional x-ray radiation.
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