In simple terms, Chondrosarcoma is a type of cancerous tumour of the bone and soft tissue. Most commonly, the cancer affects the axial and not the appendicular skeleton. The common symptoms experienced by the people affected are severe back pain along with unilateral edema and bladder related symptoms.
HOW IS CHONDROSARCOMA DIAGNOSED?
A bone tumor is often first discovered on x-ray after a physical exam. Other tests, including a bone scan, CT scan, MRI and PET scan, can provide more information about the tumor. Ultimately, biopsy of the tumor is the only way to make a definite diagnosis of chondrosarcoma. After the biopsy procedure, a pathologist looks at the tumor’s cells under the microscope to make a diagnosis.
HOW IS CHONDROSARCOMA TREATED?
The treatment will include removal of the tumour with the help of surgery with a limb salvage surgery or an intralesion curettage surgery which may be less painful. Chemotherapy and radiation are also a part of the treatment.
DID YOU KNOW?
This tumour is usually found in the arm, leg or pelvic area.