Is surgery a treatment option for a chordoma?

Is surgery a treatment option for a chordoma?

Surgery is the primary treatment for chordomas. Sometimes this requires an open cranial procedure. As minimally invasive transnasal approaches have evolved, many chordomas can now be removed through the nose using endoscopic assistance.

In most cases, as complete a surgical resection as is possible within the limits of safety offers the best chance of long-term control. Frequent follow-up is required because of the high rate of recurrence of these tumors, especially when a gross total resection was not achieved.

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Musculoskeletal Cancers

Cancers of the musculoskeletal system affects our bodys muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, joints and cartilage.For unknown reasons, cells that help us form our muscles, bones and connective tissues become damaged, leading to sev...

eral cancers of this system, which helps us move our bodies. Many of these diseases are more common in children than adults. Rhabdomyosarcoma (pronounced RAB-doh-MY-oh-sar-KOH-muh) causes cancerous tumors to develop in the head, neck, bladder and reproductive organs. The Ewing Family of Tumors (EFTs) cause rare cancers of the bone and soft tissues found in our arms, legs, head, neck and trunk. The most common type of bone cancer, osteosarcoma weakens the connective tissues and minerals that give our bones strength. Most musculoskeletal cancers are rare but can be difficult to treat. Early detection is key to improving your outcome. See your doctor if you or your child have a lump that grows or does not disappear, find blood in your urine or have bone pain.
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