Chordoma

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Chordoma

A chordoma is a rare tumor that develops from cells of the notochord, a structure that is present in the developing embryo and is important for the development of the spine.  The notochord usually disappears before birth, though a few cells may remain embedded in the bones of the spine or at the base of the skull.   A chordoma occurs when these notochord cells start to grow into a tumor and spread into surrounding bone.  Approximately one third of chordomas occur at the base of the skull in a bone called the clivus and the most common symptoms are double vision (diplopia) and headaches.   The average age of diagnosis for chordomas of the skull base is 38 years.    Treatment often begins with surgery to remove as much of the tumor as possible, and radiation therapy may follow surgery to destroy any remaining tumor cells.  Chordomas often grow back in the original location after treatment (known as a recurrence); they do not often spread to distant parts of the body (metastasize).   Though the cause of chordomas is unknown, there is currently a study aimed at identifying a potential genetic predisposition to this disease; more information on this study can be found on the National Cancer Institute's web site.
 

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Chordoma Foundation

The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of chordoma patients by accelerating research to develop effective treatments for chordoma, and by helping patients to get the best care possible.

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Chordoma" for support, advocacy or research.

Chordoma Foundation

The Chordoma Foundation is a nonprofit organization working to improve the lives of chordoma patients by accelerating research to develop effective treatments for chordoma, and by helping patients to get the best care possible.

http://www.chordomafoundation.org/

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Chordoma" returned 216 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Man With Recurring Chordoma and Progressive Disease Despite Radiotherapy and Radical Resection.
 

Author(s): Monica Meneses-Medina, Ana C Ceja-Bojorge, Anamari Perochena-Gonzalez, Shaddai Urbina-Ramírez, Jazmin de Anda-Gonzalez, María T Bourlon

Journal: Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.). 2016 Feb;30(2):180-4, 186.

 

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2016

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Low expression of PHLPP1 in sacral chordoma and its association with poor prognosis.
 

Author(s): Hao Chen, Kai Zhang, Guizhong Wu, Dawei Song, Kangwu Chen, Huilin Yang

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Sacral chordoma is a rare spine tumor with a high recurrence rate even after optimal therapy. Previous studies have demonstrated that the PI3K/AKT pathway plays a pivotal role in chordoma, and high expression of pAKT is associated with poor prognosis. Recently, PHLPP was recognized ...

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2016

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Mobile spine chordoma: results of 166 patients from the AOSpine Knowledge Forum Tumor database.
 

Author(s): Ziya L Gokaslan, Patricia L Zadnik, Daniel M Sciubba, Niccole Germscheid, C Rory Goodwin, Jean-Paul Wolinsky, Chetan Bettegowda, Mari L Groves, Alessandro Luzzati, Laurence D Rhines, Charles G Fisher, Peter Pal Varga, Mark B Dekutoski, Michelle J Clarke, Michael G Fehlings, Nasir A Quraishi, Dean Chou, Jeremy J Reynolds, Richard P Williams, Norio Kawahara, Stefano Boriani

Journal: J Neurosurg Spine. 2016 Apr;24(4):644-51.

 

A chordoma is an indolent primary spinal tumor that has devastating effects on the patient's life. These lesions are chemoresistant, resistant to conventional radiotherapy, and moderately sensitive to proton therapy; however, en bloc resection remains the preferred treatment for optimizing ...

Last Updated: 1 Apr 2016

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The terms "Chordoma" returned 17 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Brachyury: a diagnostic marker for the differential diagnosis of chordoma and hemangioblastoma versus neoplastic histological mimickers.
 

Author(s): Valeria Barresi, Antonio Ieni, Giovanni Branca, Giovanni Tuccari

Journal: Dis. Markers. 2014 ;2014():514753.

 

Brachyury is a transcription factor which is required for posterior mesoderm formation and differentiation as well as for notochord development during embryogenesis. Due to its expression in the neoplastic cells of chordoma, a malignant tumour deriving from notochordal remnants, but ...

Last Updated: 4 Mar 2014

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From notochord formation to hereditary chordoma: the many roles of Brachyury.
 

Author(s): Yutaka Nibu, Diana S José-Edwards, Anna Di Gregorio

Journal: Biomed Res Int. 2013 ;2013():826435.

 

Chordoma is a rare, but often malignant, bone cancer that preferentially affects the axial skeleton and the skull base. These tumors are both sporadic and hereditary and appear to occur more frequently after the fourth decade of life; however, modern technologies have increased the ...

Last Updated: 10 May 2013

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Efficacy of epidermal growth factor receptor targeting in advanced chordoma: case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Simon G Launay, Bruno Chetaille, Fanny Medina, Delphine Perrot, Serge Nazarian, Jérôme Guiramand, Laurence Moureau-Zabotto, François Bertucci

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Chordomas are very rare low-grade malignant bone tumors that arise from the embryonic rests of the notochord. They are characterized by slow growth and long history with frequent local relapses, and sometimes metastases. While chemotherapy is not efficient, imatinib has shown antitumor activity.

Last Updated: 24 Oct 2011

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Ion Irradiation of Sacrococcygeal Chordoma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Sacral Chordoma

 

Last Updated: 5 Dec 2015

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