What is chondrosarcoma?

Chondrosarcoma is a malignant (cancerous) tumor that typically develops in the cartilage that coats the ends of bones and forms joints. It also may occur inside the bone or on the surface of the bone.

Chondrosarcoma occurs most often in adults; rarely it affects teenagers, but it almost never occurs in young children. This tumor most commonly occurs in the cartilage around the femur (the large bone in the leg), humerus (upper arm bone), shoulder, ribs and pelvis, but it can occur in the head and neck, as well. Chondrosarcoma can be a rapidly growing invasive tumor or it can develop slowly, causing less severe symptoms.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches chondrosarcoma

Children with chondrosarcoma are treated through the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our integrated program offers the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a world-renown children’s hospital.

  • We provide the full set of options that can be used to treat bone and soft tissue tumors, and our solid tumor treatment team can help you determine which option is best for your child.
  • Our surgeons have specialized expertise in complex surgeries that may be used in the care of a child with chondrosarcoma.
  • Our pediatric oncologists have access to, and often lead, some of the most innovative clinical trials for soft tissue sarcomas, including chondrosarcoma.

Find in-depth information on chondrosarcoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on chondrosarcoma symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and research.