Surgery is generally the main treatment option for chondrosarcoma. If your cancer has not spread (metastasized), the cure rate is high. If it has spread, or for some forms of very aggressive chondrosarcoma, doctors may recommend chemotherapy.
If your cancer recurs at the initial site with no signs that it has spread, aggressive treatment can help you return to a cancer-free state. This may involve surgery, specialized radiation and ablation procedures (using liquid nitrogen or heating probes to destroy tumor deposits).
Some tumors can be removed by cutting and freezing (curettage with cryotherapy). Most will require one of several types of limb-saving procedures, depending on the tumor's size and whether it has grown into or around nerves, blood vessels or a joint. Options include:
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