What is Chordoma? (Definition)
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, chordoma is a rare type of cancerous tumor of the spine which can occur anywhere along the base of the skull to the tailbone. Chordomas usually grow slowly and eventually extend into the bone and soft tissue surrounding them. They often recur after treatment, and in about 40 percent of cases the cancer spreads (metastasizes) to other areas of the body, such as the lungs.
As the chordoma grows, it puts pressure on the adjacent areas of the brain or spinal cord, leading to the signs and symptoms of the disorder. A chordoma anywhere along the spine may cause pain, weakness, or numbness in the back, arms, or legs. A chordoma at the base of the skull (occipital chordoma) may lead to double vision (diplopia) and headaches. A chordoma that occurs in the tailbone (coccygeal chordoma) may result in a lump large enough to be felt through the skin and may cause problems with bladder or bowel function.
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Clinical Trials – Investigational Therapies
For information on current clinical trials, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov. This is a searchable registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials taking place in the U.S and abroad. ClinicalTrials.gov provides information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.
For information about clinical trials being conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, contact the NIH Patient Recruitment Office:
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For information about clinical trials conducted in Europe, visit: https://www.clinicaltrialsregister.eu/ctr-search/search
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