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At Boston Children's Hospital, we know how stressful a diagnosis of a chondroblastoma can be, both for your child and for your whole family. That's why our physicians are focused on family-centered care: From your first visit, you'll work with a team of professionals committed to supporting all of your family's physical and emotional needs.
Your child's physician will determine a specific course of treatment based on several factors, including:
Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important in minimizing any possibility of the tumor spreading. Continuous follow-up care is essential because chondroblastomas have up to a 20 percent chance of recurring after successful removal.
Treatment aimed at removing the tumor and preventing damage to the end of the affected bone usually involves a surgical procedure, such as:
Alternative to surgery
Care after surgery
Your child may need physical therapy after surgery to help him restore strength and function in the affected limb. If his leg was affected, he may need crutches for some part of the two to three months of healing time.
Chondroblastomas can return after treatment up to 20 percent of the time. To monitor the possibility of recurrence, we see children for follow-up care after surgery and treatment every three months for the first two years after treatment.
A typical follow-up visit may include:
A recurrent chondroblastoma is usually treated using the same techniques described above, although your child's orthopedic surgeon may opt for a more aggressive treatment to prevent further recurrence.
The long-term outlook for a child who's been treated for chondroblastoma depends in part on:
Generally, surgery usually successfully treats a chondroblastoma that is caught before metastasis (spreading). Prompt medical attention, aggressive therapy, and regular follow-up care are important for the best long-term outlook. With these, your child should be able to walk and run normally, and to engage in sports and physical activities.
Coping and support
A hospital visit can be difficult. So, we offer many amenities to make your child's—and your own—hospital experience as pleasant as possible. Visit The Center for Families for all you need to know about:
In particular, we understand that you may have a lot of questions when your child is diagnosed with chondroblastoma. Will my child need surgery? How long will his recovery take? Will it affect my child long term? What should we do at home? Children's can help you connect with extensive resources to help you and your family through this stressful time, including:
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”