Chondrosarcoma care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo physicians discuss proposed surgical approach. Physician collaboration

Mayo Clinic doctors examine a 3D model of a person's pelvis to determine the best surgical approach.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Cancer surgeons who specialize in bone and soft tissue tumors (orthopedic oncologists) lead the care team for most people with chondrosarcomas. Other team members may include medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, rehabilitation specialists and neurosurgeons. Other specialists are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors are skilled at diagnosing and treating rare cancers, such as chondrosarcoma. Mayo Clinic offers:

  • Experience that leads to an accurate diagnosis. At Mayo Clinic, doctors who study blood and tissue samples (pathologists) use the latest lab technology to analyze biopsy samples and diagnose chondrosarcoma. Because chondrosarcomas aren't common, specially trained pathologists with experience diagnosing this type of cancer are essential to obtaining a correct diagnosis.
  • Careful planning to guide surgeons. Mayo Clinic surgeons carefully plan operations using the latest imaging tests. Surgeons have access to technology that creates 3D models of the cancer and nearby structures to plan the best approach to removing large and complicated chondrosarcomas.
  • Access to all the available treatment options. Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. People who seek care at Mayo Clinic have access to a wide variety of options, including experimental treatments.
Colorful 3D model of tumor in pelvis 3D model of tumor in pelvis

A 3D model shows how a chondrosarcoma tumor (purple mass) is intertwined with the bones, blood vessels and nerves in the pelvis.

Expertise and rankings

A Mayo Clinic surgeon explains an upcoming procedure. Compassionate care from experts

Mayo Clinic specialists provide comprehensive care for people with chondrosarcoma.

Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for their extensive experience in diagnosing and treating rare cancers, including chondrosarcoma. Mayo Clinic offers:

  • Experience you can trust. Mayo Clinic maintains a dedicated sarcoma team that treats chondrosarcoma and related conditions. Over the decades, Mayo Clinic has treated more than 1,000 people with chondrosarcoma.

    Mayo Clinic's long history and experience in treating chondrosarcoma is important when dealing with a rare disease in which subtle differences must be recognized to make the right diagnosis and recommend and execute the best treatment.

  • Nationally recognized expertise. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets the strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognize scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., is ranked highly performing for orthopedics. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2021-2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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July 17, 2021