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Musculoskeletal Cancers

Is surgery a treatment option for a chordoma?

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  • 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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