Chondrosarcoma is a type of ailment categorised as a sarcoma. It basically affects the bones and joints of the patient. This is a rare form of cancer that gives rise to bone tumours. Ollier’s disease and Wilms’ tumour are some of the causes for this condition. The symptoms at most may include the feeling of a bone protruding like a lump.
HOW IS CHONDROSARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
The initial diagnosis, after the physical examination, will be done with the help of an X ray conducted by an orthopaedic specialist or general surgeon. Further, the doctor may conduct a PET, MRI or CT scan to study the extent of the damage. Also, a biopsy procedure will be conducted to ascertain possible malignancy.
HOW IS CHONDROSARCOMA TREATED?
The most common treatment method is complete removal of tumour and surrounding tissue through surgery. Limb salvage surgery is a common treatment method; amputation of the limb is rare and is done only in very severe cases. For recurrent cases, chemotherapy or radiation therapy may be followed.
DID YOU KNOW?
About 30% of skeletal system cancers are chondrosarcomas.