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Chordoma is a cancer of the skull bones and also spine. It is considered rare. It is the type of sarcoma. Sarcoma is a malignant cancer of bones and also soft tissues. According to Chordoma Foundation, this type of cancer accounts for 3% of all bone cancers. It also accounts for 20% of tumors that start in the spine. Overall, chordomas tend to develop slowly. A lot of time may pass before the person is diagnosed with this type of cancer. Chordoma can also be causing symptoms which may be present for years, but a person still will not know that he/she has chordoma until they undergo the full check-up.
According to Chordoma Foundation, this tumor can be difficult to treat as well, as it affects such important structures of the brain as brainstem and spinal cord. Different arteries and nerves may be affected as well, depending on the exact location where chordoma originated. The risk of recurrence after chordoma was treated is also high and there is also the risk that chordoma will metastasize further.
Despite this poor prognosis, chordoma is really extremely rare. It affects 1 person out of 1 million annually. Also, this condition is more common in the elderly over the age of 55-60. It is more common among the male population.
Chordomas usually develop either in some part of the spine or in the skull base. The most common site of chordoma of the spine is the sacrum, which is the bottom of the spine. In chordomas of the skull base tumor develops mostly in the center of the head.
The exact cause of chordoma is not known. Some researchers think that genetic predisposition plays the role. Genetic mutation can also be the cause. Nonetheless, in general, chordoma is considered to appear randomly.
If chordoma develops in the skull base, the symptoms may be as follows:
If chordoma develops in the spine, the symptoms may be as follows:
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