Chondrosarcoma is a type of cancer that resembles the cartilage that coats the ends of bones and forms joints.
- Chondrosarcoma occurs primarily in adults, are rarely encountered during the adolescent years and almost never affect young children.
- Chondrosarcoma most commonly occurs in cartilage found in the femur, humerus, shoulder, ribs and pelvis.
- It can occur inside the bone or on the surface of the bone.
- It can be a rapidly growing invasive tumor or it can develop slowly, causing less severe symptoms and sometimes never spreading.
Cancer research at Boston Children's Hospital
Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Care researchers are conducting numerous research studies that will help clinicians better understand and treat all kinds of tumors. Some types of treatment currently being studied include:
- Angiogenesis inhibitors - substances that may be able to prevent the growth of tumors by blocking the formation of new blood vessels that feed the tumors
- Biological therapies - a wide range of substances that may use the body's own immune system to fight cancer or lessen harmful side effects of some treatments