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Chordoma Center

Chordomas are tumors that form from remnants of the notochord, embryonic tissue that eventually becomes the center of spinal disks. They can occur anywhere within the spine, but almost a third of them show up in the lower back (sacral area.)  

Chordomas: What You Need to Know

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Chordomas can appear relatively harmless in pathology reports. But even after staying inactive for a time, they can grow aggressively and spread. If a chordoma becomes very large, you may even be able to feel a lump in your spine.

Growing chordomas can press on the spine and nerves, causing pain and nerve problems, such as:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

When chordomas metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body, they can become life threatening. It’s essential to have them treated promptly while they are still manageable.


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Why Choose the Johns Hopkins Spinal Tumor Center?


Our Physicians

The experts at Johns Hopkins’ Chordoma Center have vast experience with these rare tumors affecting the sacral spine, which has allowed us to develop a comprehensive approach to their treatment.

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Our Patient Care

As one of the busiest chordoma centers in the nation, our group ensures you get a team with years of cumulative experience and the very latest techniques.

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Our Research

Explore current clinical trials in chordoma treatment.



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