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University Hospital Oldenburg

10/10 from 33 Votes

The University Hospital Oldenburg is the Teaching Hospital of the University of Oldenburg. It offers a wide range of medical services that meet the highest medical standards. The hospital has 832 beds.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2280
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Oldenburg

University Hospital Rechts der Isar of the Munich Technical University

10/10 from 70 Votes

The Rechts der Isar Hospital is the University Hospital of the Technical University of Munich. There is intensive cooperation between the research facilities of the TU and the hospital in numbers of areas.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2713
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
3900
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
5315
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
33677
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Academic Hospital Sachsenhausen at the Goethe University Frankfurt was founded in 1985 by the world-famous professor Dr. Carl von Noorden and Dr. Edouard Lampe. At that time it was Germany's first medical institution specializing in the treatment of diabetes.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2212
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
3894
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

St. Vincentius Clinic Karlsruhe

9.8/10 from 23 Votes

The St. Vincentius Clinic is the largest multidisciplinary medical institution and academiс hospital of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. Treatment and diagnosis of patients is conducted by doctors with a scientific degree. They are introducing the latest progressive techniques.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2257
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
3984
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Karlsruhe

Academic Hospital Harlaching Munich

9.2/10 from 32 Votes

The Academic Hospital Harlaching is an emergency medical care facility offering top-class service. With about 700 beds, the hospital treats about 32,000 patients every year.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2333
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
4002
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10 from 95 Votes

Being the medical school for both Humboldt University and Free University of Berlin and having a long experience, the Charite Hospital has gained wide recognition. It is regarded as one of the most research-intensive medical facilities in Germany and the largest university medical center in Europe.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
4025
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
5276
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
6555
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
47604
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin
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Academic Hospital Bogenhausen Munich

9.2/10 from 43 Votes

With more than 36,000 patients annually and 1,000 beds, the Academic Hospital Bogenhausen is one of the largest clinics in Munich.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2499
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2931
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
4367
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
28659
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10 from 97 Votes

The University Hospital Frankfurt is part of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. The hospital was founded in 1914 and today it is a famous German medical institution with rich traditions. The hospital treats about 49,000 inpatients and 220,000 outpatients every year.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2524
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2925
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
4307
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
28905
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Frankfurt am Main

University Hospital Cologne

9.8/10 from 82 Votes

The University Hospital Cologne is included in the Focus magazine rating of top German hospitals 2017 and offers patients first-class medical care meeting the latest medical advancements.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2142
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2726
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
3784
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
24782
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne

Academic Hospital Neuperlach Munich

9.8/10 from 11 Votes

The Neuperlach Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2420
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
3998
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

University Hospital Muenster

9.8/10 from 78 Votes

The University Hospital Muenster is one of the most respected multi-field medical centers in Germany. It consists of more than 30 departments and numerous research institutes and centers. Every year over 58,000 inpatients are treated here and nearly 475,000 patients receive medical care on the outpatient basis.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2438
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
3559
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
4189
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
28778
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Muenster

Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2679
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
5303
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

As an Academic Hospital of the University of Hamburg, the Asklepios Barmbek Hospital offers a wide range of medical services in the field of conservative and surgical treatment. The hospital was opened in 2005 and today it is one of the best and modern medical centers in Europe.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2556
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
4232
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hamburg

PAN Clinic Cologne

9/10 from 14 Votes

The PAN Clinic has gained universal recognition due to highly professional doctors and their responsive and careful approach to the treatment.  A team of experienced doctors specialized in 25 medical focuses takes care of the patients' health.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2395
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2830
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
26667
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne

Academic Hospital Schwabing Munich

8.5/10 from 7 Votes

The Schwabing Clinic is a modern medical facility with a high level of service. The clinic has high-tech modern equipment, making it one of the best hospitals not only in Germany but also in Europe. There are comfortable single and double rooms with shower and toilet, TV, telephone and radio.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2310
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2906
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
3951
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
26331
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

Vivantes Neukölln Hospital Berlin

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Vivantes Neukölln Hospital is the maximum care hospital and one of the largest healthcare facilities in Berlin.   There are more than 20 specialized departments and centers, including pediatric departments. In total, the hospital has 1,200 beds.

Diagnostics of chordoma of the sacrum
2650
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
3807
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
5288
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
33705
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

About the disease

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.

Symptoms

If chordoma develops in the skull base, the symptoms may be as follows:

  • Headache
  • Pain in the neck
  • Problems with vision
  • Problems with facial movements and also different cerebral functions in case chordoma is very big and affected the brain, which happens very rarely

If chordoma develops in the spine, the symptoms may be as follows:

  • Pain in the spine
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness in the extremities
  • A lump in the spine in some rare cases when chordoma is very big

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, the doctor will ask about the symptoms listed above. The doctor will also check the spine for any strange lumps.
  • Imaging tests, such as MRI and CT scan, are the best in determining the exact location of the tumor and also its size. Patients are usually advised to check all spine and the skull and also other organs to determine if the tumor had not spread.
  • Biopsy is used in some cases when the type of tumor is still unclear and where it is possible to obtain the sample of the tissue, so that it is later examined in the laboratory under the microscope.

Treatment

  • Surgical resection is necessary for all cases of chordoma. Depending on the location of chordoma, the surgeons will resect the tumor without affecting the arteries and the nerves.
  • Radiation therapy is recommended if tumor had not been resected completely. Then the remaining part of the tumor needs to be radiated to prevent recurrence of the tumor and ensure the recovery of the patient.



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