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Skull Base Chondrosarcoma

What is a chondrosarcoma?

Chondrosarcoma is a malignant bone cancer that mainly affects cartilage. It can begin in cells in the thighbone, arm, pelvis, knee and spine. It may also start in the skull base.

The second most common type of bone cancer, chondrosarcoma occurs most often in people between the ages of 50 and 70. It generally grows slowly, but sometimes develops more rapidly and is likely to spread.

Symptoms of chondrosarcoma:

The following are the most common symptoms of chondrosarcoma. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

Symptoms may include any of the following:

  • headache
  • unusual visual changes or problems
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Diagnosis of chondrosarcoma:

In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for chondroma may include X-ray, CT scan or MRI to determine the size and location of the tumor. Learn more about diagnosing skull base tumors.

Treatment for chondrosarcoma:

Surgery is the most common treatment for chondrosarcoma. Radiation therapy may be performed after surgery. Learn more about treatment for skull base tumors.

To make an appointment or request a consultation, contact the Johns Hopkins Skull Base Tumor Center at 410-614-0585.


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