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What Is Childhood Chondrosarcoma?

  • Chondrosarcoma is a type of cancer that develops in the cartilage that coats the ends of bones and forms joints. Most of these tumors occur in cartilage found in the femur (the large bone in the leg), humerus (upper arm bone), shoulder, ribs or pelvis. However, they also can occur in the head and neck or can develop inside the bone or on the surface of bone. Chondrosarcoma occurs primarily in adults but occasionally occurs in teens. 

    Chondrosarcoma treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children diagnosed with chondrosarcoma are treated through the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Our specialists — including pediatric oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists — offer a level of expertise in bone and soft tissue tumors rarely seen at other pediatric cancer centers. We provide the full set of options that can be used to treat bone and soft tissue tumors, and our specialists can help you determine which option is best for your child.

    Learn more about chondrosarcoma

    Find in-depth information on chondrosarcoma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on chondrosarcoma symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.