Skull base chondrosarcomas are rare, as most chondrosarcomas are found in the pelvis, hips and shoulders. These malignant tumors grow in the cartilage or cartilage-like cells of the skull base and can develop for years before an individual experiences any symptoms. Most patients report headaches, hearing problems and vision impairment as the common symptoms of chondrosarcomas.
The five types of chondrosarcomas
Chondrosarcomas can be classified into five different categories, which are named based on what the tumors look like when viewed under a microscope:
- Conventional chondrosarcoma
- Clear-cell chondrosarcoma
- Myxoid chondrosarcoma
- Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma
- Dedifferentiated chondrosarcoma
Moffitt’s approach to treating chondrosarcomas
Skull base chondrosarcomas are typically treated using surgery to remove the tumor and then radiation therapy. At Moffitt Cancer Center, our patients undergoing chondrosarcoma treatment can receive all the therapies they need in one convenient location. Within our Neuro-Oncology Program, we have a multispecialty team comprised of neurosurgeons, medical oncologists, neurologists, radiation oncologists and neuropathologists. These specialists meet regularly to review treatment plans and provide individualized recommendations based on each patient’s unique needs.
What’s more, at Moffitt, we understand that the cancer treatment journey can be a highly emotional one. That’s why we offer a wide range of supportive care services from specialized practitioners. From support groups and one-on-one counseling services to chaplaincy care and more, we’re here for you and your family every step of the way.
Moffitt Cancer Center is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. This distinction sets us apart, acknowledging our commitment to innovative cancer treatment and our leadership in ongoing clinical trials. It also means that our patients can access advanced therapies that can’t be found anywhere else in the region for treating chondrosarcomas.
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Michael Vogelbaum, Program Leader, Department of Neuro-Oncology.
To learn more about our approach to treating skull base chondrosarcomas, contact Moffitt Cancer Center today. Either call us directly at 1-888-663-3488 or submit a new patient registration form online.