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Chondrosarcoma in Children

  • Overview

    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/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center 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
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