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How are chordomas removed?

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Often, doctors remove the tumor with surgery. Taking out as much of the tumor as possible and some of the tissue around it can stop it from coming back.

Sometimes, surgeons can't remove the whole tumor because they might damage healthy cells in your brain or spine. Radiation -- high energy X-rays -- can kill any cancer cells left behind after surgery. This lowers the chance that the cancer will return.

From: What Is Chordoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Chordoma."

Chordoma Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions," "Understanding Chordoma."

Genetics Home Reference: "Chordoma."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Chordoma."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Chordoma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Chordoma."

Chordoma Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions," "Understanding Chordoma."

Genetics Home Reference: "Chordoma."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Chordoma."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Chordoma."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 26, 2018

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