Chondrosarcoma is a type of cancer that typically develops in the cartilage that coats the ends of bones and forms joints. It also can occur inside the bone or on the surface of the bone.
Children with chondrosarcoma are treated
at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors Program. Our integrated pediatric oncology program offers the
combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a world-renown children’s
Chondrosarcomas can be rapidly invasive or slow-growing and
cause fewer symptoms and seldom spread to other organs and tissues. Several
factors, including Ollier’s disease (multiple benign tumors within bone) and a
rare genetic disorder called Maffucci syndrome, may contribute to disease risk.
Chondrosarcoma symptoms may include:
A physician may order a number of different tests to
diagnose chondrosarcoma. In addition to a medical history and physical exam,
these may include:
Chondrosarcoma treatment for children may include:
The type of surgery will depend on the size and location of the tumor, and whether the cancer has spread. At Dana-Farber/Boston Children's, these procedures are performed in the hospital's new state-of-the-art pediatric MR-OR. It allows specialists to take an MRI scan immediately following surgery to ensure the tumor is completely removed and decreases the need for additional surgery.
Prognosis for children with chondrosarcoma greatly depends
Every child is unique and treatment and prognosis is
structured around your child's needs. Prompt medical attention and aggressive
therapy are important for the best prognosis.
Children treated for chondrosarcomas should visit a cancer survivorship clinic every year to:
A typical follow-up visit may include some or all
of the following:
Through our David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic, childhood cancer survivors receive a comprehensive follow-up evaluation from their cancer care team. In addition to meeting with your pediatric
oncologists, your child may see one of our endocrinologists, cardiologists,
neurologists, neuro-psychologists or alternative/complementary therapy
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