Chondrosarcoma of the Head and Neck in Children

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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.
  • 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 be able to use the body's own immune system to fight cancer or lessen harmful side effects of some treatments
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