Chordomas are tumors that can occur anywhere within the spine or the base of the skull. The two most common locations for chordomas are the lower back (sacral area - approximately one-third to one-half of chordomas) and the base of the skull (approximately one-third of chordomas). Chordomas form from remnants of the notochord — embryonic tissue that eventually forms the center of spinal disks.
These tumors are considered malignant and may metastasize, though they typically grow slowly. Even slow-growing chordomas can become aggressive and grow quite large locally, putting pressure on or invading into critical parts of the brain or spine, which may cause pain and nerve problems or even be life threatening.
Chordomas can press on the spine, brain and nerves as they grow, causing pain and nerve problems specific to the part of the brain or spinal cord where they are located. These symptoms can include tingling, numbness, weakness, lack of bladder or bowel control, sexual dysfunction, vision problems, endocrine problems and swallowing difficulties. If the chordoma has grown very large, you may be able to feel a lump.
Treating chordomas can involve extensive surgery, so your doctor will be sure to have a definite diagnosis before planning your individualized treatment.
You will get magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans that will help your doctor determine if any cancer has spread to other parts of the body. You may need to have a needle biopsy, during which your doctor will use a needle to gather a small sample of the tumor for biopsy in order to confirm the diagnosis.
Because the needle biopsy procedure can cause cells of the tumor to spread along the path of the biopsy needle and lead to the cancer spreading, your surgery team will be prepared to remove the tumor and the entire path of the biopsy needle promptly if the pathologist confirms the diagnosis of chordoma.
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