What is Chondrosarcoma of the Spinal Cord?
Chondrosarcoma of the spinal cord is the 3rd most common cartilaginous tumour of the spinal cord, accounting for up to 10% of all bone tumours. These are low-grade tumours that usually arise from pre-existing cartilage lesions in some other bone in the body. Chondrosarcoma of the spinal cord more commonly develops in the thoracic (chest part of the spinal cord) region of the spinal cord. It is slightly predominant in males as compared to females.
There is no well-known cause, however, certain hereditary and genetic mutations are considered responsible for the development of chondrosarcoma of the spinal cord. Moreover, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays, certain chemicals, ionizing radiation or poor diet, and prolonged stressful conditions can trigger these hereditary and genetic tendencies that are responsible for the development of chondrosarcoma of the spinal cord.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Constant feeling of tiredness
- Pain in the back
- Pain in the neck region of the back
- Altered level of consciousness
- Weakness in one or both sides of the body
- Numbness of the arms and legs
- Difficulty in walking and writing
- Hoarseness of voice
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are;
- Imaging techniques like Chest X-ray, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan to see the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Tumour biopsy (tumour biopsy to remove a small sample of tissue for histopathological examination)
- USG-guided fine needle aspiration cytology
Complete en block resection (complete removal of the tumour along with its capsule/envelope) of the tumour is the main treatment option. Usually, chondrosarcomas do not respond well to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, however, after surgical removal of the tumour treatment with proton beam therapy shows positive results in treating chondrosarcoma of the spinal cord.
What Support can we Give for Chondrosarcoma of the Spinal Cord?
Chondrosarcoma of the Spinal Cord is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as the Chondrosarcoma of the Spinal Cord, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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