What Is Chordoma?
Chordoma is a very rare type of bone tumor that forms anywhere along the spine from the base of the skull to the tailbone. In children and adolescents, chordomas develop more often in the base of the skull, making them hard to remove completely with surgery.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Chordoma in Children?
What Is the Treatment for Chordoma in Children?
Treatment of chordoma in children may include the following:
- Surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, followed by radiation therapy.
- Proton beam radiation therapy may be used.
Treatment of recurrent chordoma in children may include the following:
- A clinical trial that checks a sample of the patient's tumor for certain gene changes. The type of targeted therapy that will be given to the patient depends on the type of gene change.
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Last updated Oct. 6, 2017