Chondrosarcoma

What is chondrosarcoma?

Chondrosarcoma is a type of cancer that typically develops in the cartilage that coats the ends of bones and forms joints. It also can occur inside the bone or on the surface of the bone.

Chondrosarcoma occurs primarily in adults, is rarely encountered during the adolescent years, and almost never affects young children. It most commonly occurs in cartilage found in the femur (the large bone in the leg), humerus (upper arm bone), shoulder, ribs, and pelvis but can also occur in the head or neck. This tumor can be a rapidly growing and invasive or it can develop slowly, causing less severe symptoms and sometimes never spreading.

How we care for chondrosarcoma

Children with chondrosarcoma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center through our Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors program. Our integrated pediatric oncology program offers the combined expertise of a leading cancer center and a world-renowned 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 pediatric oncologists have access to (and often lead) some of the most innovative clinical trials for soft tissue sarcomas, including fibrosarcoma. The surgeons of the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors program have specialized expertise in complex surgeries, and our radiation oncologists have access to the newest radiation therapy techniques that may also be used in the care of a child with fibrosarcoma.