(Cartilage Cancer; Cancer of the Cartilage)
DefinitionChondrosarcoma is a type of cancer. It grows in cartilage cells in the body. Cartilage is connective tissue.This cancer is typically found in the cartilage cells of the femur, arm, pelvis, knee, and spine. Rarely, the ribs and other areas may also be affected.Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably, a mass of tissue forms. This is called a growth or tumor. The term cancer refers to malignant tumors. They can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body.
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CausesThe cause of this cancer is not fully known. Some cases may be due to genetics.
Risk FactorsCertain factors seem to be common among individuals who develop chondrosarcoma. These include:
- Enchondroma—a non-cancerous bone tumor often found in the hands
- Osteochondroma —excess cartilage or bone found at the end of a growth plate
- Multiple osteochondromas—bone tumors
- Ollier's disease, which causes a group of enchondromas
- Maffucci's syndrome, which causes a combination of multiple endochondromas and various tumors
SymptomsThe most common symptoms of chondrosarcoma include:
- Large lump or mass on a bone
- Pressure surrounding the mass
- Pain that worsens at night
- Pain that does not improve with rest
- Pain that gradually worsens over time and may last for years
DiagnosisYour doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.You may need tests of your bodily fluids and tissue. This can be done with:
- Blood tests
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