Chondrosarcoma is a cancerous bone tumor that is part of the sarcoma family of cancers. Chondrosarcoma is a primary bone cancer, meaning it begins inside the bone, as opposed to secondary bone cancers that originates elsewhere and spreads to the bone at a later stage. Chondrosarcoma accounts for approximately 15-20% of all primary bone sarcomas and affects approximately 600 Americans each year.
Most primary bone sarcomas affect younger adults whose bodies are still in the development stages, but chondrosarcoma is found more commonly in adults ranging from age 30 to 75. There is a slightly increased incidence of chondrosarcoma in males. This rare form of cancer most frequently affects the pelvis, femur, or shoulder girdle.
Types of Chondrosarcoma
Chondrosarcoma can be divided based upon various factors:
Causes of Chondrosarcoma
While most chondrosarcomas have no identifiable cause, there are several risk factors that can increase a person’s chances of developing these tumors:
Symptoms of Chondrosarcoma
The more severe the case of chondrosarcoma, the more distinct the symptoms will be. However, there are still some primary symptoms to watch for to determine if there is a possibility that you may have this form of bone cancer.
The following are common chondrosarcoma symptoms. It is important to remember that everyone’s body is different and can react differently to the same disease:
Chondrosarcoma symptoms may be mistaken for the symptoms of other medical conditions such as enchondroma or chondroblastoma. Make sure you consult a doctor in order to determine if you have chondrosarcoma and get the appropriate treatment.
The multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic experts at North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute's musculoskeletal oncology services in New York treats Chondrosarcoma as well as a broad range of conditions that affect the bones within the body.