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Treatment of Skull Base Chordoma

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Cost for treatment

Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
 from  491
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
 from  7114
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
 from  14854

University Hospital HM Monteprincipe Madrid

9/10
location_onSpain, Madrid

Department of Neurosurgery

The University Hospital HM Monteprincipe Madrid is rightfully recognized as one of the best and most advanced medical facilities in Madrid and throughout the whole country. The hospital was opened in 1998 and in a short time has become a worthy example of top-class medical services. The hospital is part of the HM Hospitales Grou
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
675
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
20085

University Hospital Tuebingen

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Tuebingen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the prestigious medical publication Focus, the University Hospital Tuebingen ranks among the top five German hospitals! The hospital was founded in 1805, therefore it is proud of its long history, unique experience, and outstanding achievements in the field of medical care, as well as research and teaching activitie
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1942
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
20425
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
40322

Charite University Hospital Berlin

9/10
location_onGermany, Berlin

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the Charite University Hospital Berlin occupies the first place in the rating of the top German medical facilities! The hospital is one of the largest and leading university medical complexes in Europe. The hospital in Germany provides modern diagnostics and treatment of patients, a
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2529
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
28978
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
58186

University Hospital Freiburg

9.7/10
location_onGermany, Freibung

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

The University Hospital Freiburg is famous for its rich history and is one of the oldest and most prestigious medical facilities in Germany (one of the three best medical institutions in the country). The hospital was based on the Faculty of Medicine of the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg, which celebrated its 550th anniver
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1994
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
22007
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
43143

University Hospital Frankfurt am Main

10/10
location_onGermany, Frankfurt am Main

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the reputable Focus magazine, the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital was founded in 1914 and today is a well-known German medical facility, which combines rich traditions and scientific innovations. A medical team of more than 6,500 employees cares about
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1848
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
19408
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
38133

University Hospital Würzburg

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Würzburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the Focus magazine in 2019, the University Hospital Würzburg ranks among the top national German hospitals! The hospital is one of the oldest medical facilities in Germany. The centuries-old traditions of first-class treatment are combined with the very latest achievements of modern evidence-based medicine and
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1782
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
19544
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
37750

University Hospital Bonn

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Bonn

Department of Neurosurgery

According to the authoritative Focus magazine, the University Hospital Bonn ranks among the top ten medical facilities in Germany! The hospital was opened on January 1, 2001, although in fact it inherits the medical facility, which operated at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bonn. The hospital in Germany combin
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2096
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
21614
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
42830

University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Dresden

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden is among the top three hospitals in Germany! The hospital is the embodiment of the standards of modern high-quality medicine. Since the hospital positions itself as a maximum care medical facility, it represents all medical fields. The
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2234
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
25307
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
50615

University Hospital Erlangen

9.1/10
location_onGermany, Erlangen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Spinal Surgery

According to the Focus magazine, University Hospital Erlangen ranks among the best medical facilities in Germany! The hospital is one of the leading healthcare facilities in Bavaria and offers top-class medical care distinguished by the close intertwining of clinical activities with research and training of medical students. The
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1893
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
20562
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
40463

University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf

9.2/10
location_onGermany, Hamburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf ranks among the top ten hospitals in Germany! Since its foundation in 1889, the hospital has taken a leading position in the European medical arena and still occupies it until today. A highly competent medical team of more than 11,000 employees takes care
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2294
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
25573
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
50386

University Hospital Ulm

8.7/10
location_onGermany, Ulm

Department of Neurosurgery

The University Hospital Ulm started its activities 35 years ago and during this time it has become one of the most prestigious medical institutions in Europe. The hospital is famous for its numerous discoveries and the world-class achievements in medicine and pharmaceuticals. The medical facility has 29 specialized departments a
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1927
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
20671
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
40744

University Hospital Heidelberg

9.8/10
location_onGermany, Heidelberg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the Focus magazine, the University Hospital Heidelberg ranks among the top five hospitals in Germany! The hospital is one of the most advanced and reputable medical institutions not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. There are more than 43 specialized departments and 13 medical institutes, which cover all field
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
0
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
0
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
0

University Hospital Essen

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Essen

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the authoritative Focus magazine the University Hospital Essen ranks among the top German hospitals! With 27 specialized departments and 24 institutes, the hospital in Germany is a maximum care medical facility. The hospital has 1,300 beds for inpatient treatment. A highly qualified medical team of more than 6,000 e
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1902
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
19537
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
37658

University Hospital Jena

8.9/10
location_onGermany, Jena

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Jena regularly ranks among the top German medical facilities! The hospital has positioned itself as a multidisciplinary medical facility with a long history of more than 200 years. Since its foundation, the hospital has been constantly developing and modernizin
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
2115
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
21894
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
42705

University Hospital Halle (Saale)

9.6/10
location_onGermany, Halle

Department of Neurosurgery

According to the prestigious Focus magazine, the University Hospital Halle (Saale) ranks among the top German medical facilities! The history of the hospital has more than 300 years, and during this time it managed to earn an excellent reputation not only in Germany, but throughout the world. The hospital positions itself as a s
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1806
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
19425
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
37839

University Hospital Marburg UKGM

8.6/10
location_onGermany, Marburg

Department of Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery

The University Hospital Marburg UKGM offers patients modern diagnostics and comprehensive therapy at the international level. As a maximum care hospital, the medical facility specializes in all fields of modern medicine ranging from ophthalmology to traumatology and dentistry. The main areas of specialization of the hospital are
Diagnostics of chordoma of the skull base
1771
Surgical resection of chordoma of the sacrum
18406
Surgical resection of Chordoma of the skull base
35288
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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.

Authors: Dr. Nadezhda IvanisovaDr. Farrukh Ahmed




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