Chordoma

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Chordoma

A chordoma is a rare tumor that develops from cells of the notochord, a structure that is present in the developing embryo and is important for the development of the spine.  The notochord usually disappears before birth, though a few cells may remain embedded in the bones of the spine or at the base of the skull.   A chordoma occurs when these notochord cells start to grow into a tumor and spread into surrounding bone.  Approximately one third of chordomas occur at the base of the skull in a bone called the clivus and the most common symptoms are double vision (diplopia) and headaches.   The average age of diagnosis for chordomas of the skull base is 38 years.    Treatment often begins with surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, and radiation therapy may follow surgery to destroy any remaining tumor cells.  Chordomas often grow back in the original location after treatment (known as a recurrence); they do not often spread to distant parts of the body (metastasize).   Though the cause of chordomas is unknown, there is currently a study aimed at identifying a potential genetic predisposition to this disease; more information on this study can be found on the National Cancer Institute's web site.
 

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Chordoma Foundation

The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of chordoma patients by accelerating research to develop effective treatments for chordoma, and by helping patients to get the best care possible.

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Chordoma" for support, advocacy or research.

Chordoma Foundation

The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of chordoma patients by accelerating research to develop effective treatments for chordoma, and by helping patients to get the best care possible.

http://www.chordomafoundation.org/

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Chordoma" returned 220 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Symptom burden and life challenges reported by adult chordoma patients and their caregivers.
 

Author(s): Paula H Song, Hadi Beyhaghi, Josh Sommer, Antonia V Bennett

Journal: Qual Life Res. 2017 Aug;26(8):2237-2244.

 

This study aims to characterize the symptom burden and life challenges that chordoma patients and their caregivers experience.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Metastatic clival chordoma: a case report of multiple extraneural metastases following resection and proton beam radiotherapy in a 5-year old boy.
 

Author(s): Martin J Rutkowski, Harjus S Birk, Matthew D Wood, Arie Perry, Theodore Nicolaides, Christopher P Ames, Nalin Gupta

Journal: J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2017 May;19(5):531-537.

 

The authors report the case of a 5-year-old boy in whom extraneural metastases developed 5 years after he underwent an occipitocervical fusion and transoral approach to treat a clival chordoma without local recurrence. Following primary resection, the patient's postoperative course ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Diagnostic Clues and Treatment of Intradural Cranial Chordoma.
 

Author(s): Han-Hai Zeng, Xiao-Bo Yu, Lin-Feng Fan, Gao Chen

Journal: Chin. Med. J.. 2016 12;129(23):2895-2896.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Chordoma" returned 21 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

An unusual case of oropharyngeal chordoma: A case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Xiang Li, Yufan Wang, Feng Wang, Bowen Li, Shuai Sun, Hongyu Yang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Dec;96(48):e8963.

 

Chordomas are rare malignant neoplasms derived from incomplete regression of notochordal tissue along the cranio-coccygeal axis. Chordomas that develop in an atypical position are called ectopic chordomas, such as oropharyngeal chordomas (OCs). OCs are exceedingly rare; only 11 cases ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Best practices for the management of local-regional recurrent chordoma: a position paper by the Chordoma Global Consensus Group.
 

Author(s): S Stacchiotti, A Gronchi, P Fossati, T Akiyama, C Alapetite, M Baumann, J Y Blay, S Bolle, S Boriani, P Bruzzi, R Capanna, A Caraceni, R Casadei, V Colia, J Debus, T Delaney, A Desai, P Dileo, S Dijkstra, F Doglietto, A Flanagan, S Froelich, P A Gardner, H Gelderblom, Z L Gokaslan, R Haas, C Heery, N Hindi, P Hohenberger, F Hornicek, R Imai, L Jeys, R L Jones, B Kasper, A Kawai, M Krengli, A Leithner, I Logowska, J Martin Broto, D Mazzatenta, C Morosi, P Nicolai, O J Norum, S Patel, N Penel, P Picci, S Pilotti, S Radaelli, F Ricchini, P Rutkowski, S Scheipl, C Sen, E Tamborini, K A Thornton, B Timmermann, V Torri, P U Tunn, M Uhl, Y Yamada, D C Weber, D Vanel, P P Varga, C L A Vleggeert-Lankamp, P G Casali, J Sommer

Journal: Ann. Oncol.. 2017 Jun;28(6):1230-1242.

 

Chordomas are rare, malignant bone tumors of the skull-base and axial skeleton. Until recently, there was no consensus among experts regarding appropriate clinical management of chordoma, resulting in inconsistent care and suboptimal outcomes for many patients. To address this shortcoming, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Management of Locally Recurrent Chordoma of the Mobile Spine and Sacrum: A Systematic Review.
 

Author(s): Tamir Ailon, Radmehr Torabi, Charles G Fisher, Laurence D Rhines, Michelle J Clarke, Chetan Bettegowda, Stefano Boriani, Yoshiya J Yamada, Norio Kawahara, Peter P Varga, John H Shin, Arjun Saghal, Ziya L Gokaslan

Journal: Spine. 2016 Oct;41 Suppl 20():S193-S198.

 

Systematic review.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

CDK4/6 Inhibition in Locally Advanced/Metastatic Chordoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Chordoma

 

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2017

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Afatinib in Locally Advanced and Metastatic Chordoma
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Chordoma

 

Last Updated: 12 Jan 2018

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Last Updated: 23 Sep 2017

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