One of the most common types of bone cancer in adults, chondrosarcoma is a malignant tumor made up of cartilage-producing cells. Cartilage is the connective tissue around bones, and the tissue from which bones develop. Chondrosarcoma is commonly a primary cancer, meaning it originates in the bone, rather than spreading from another organ. The disease most often affects adults beyond the age of 40, and though it can be difficult to diagnose, it tends to be discovered in an early stage. Tumors can develop anywhere in the body where cartilage is present, especially the leg, arm, pelvis, spine, and sometimes the ribs. Treatment usually consists of surgical removal of the tumor. Chemotherapy may be necessary if the cancer has spread.
The Musculoskeletal Joint and Oncologic Surgery Clinic, operated by UAB Orthopaedics, uses a collaborative team approach to care for patients with cancer of the bones or soft tissue. Our compassionate and experienced physicians use the most advanced technology for diagnosing, evaluating, and treating patients. We work closely with our patients every step of the way to help them understand their case, make the most informed medical decisions, and ensure that they receive the most personalized care. Our clinic is part of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best hospital for cancer care in Alabama and among the top 25 in the nation. Appointments are available within one week or less.
UAB Medicine is home to the only two fellowship-trained musculoskeletal cancer surgeons in the state, and they have dozens of years of experience. Our medical center is the largest in Alabama, so patients have access to recognized experts in a wide range of medical specialties. Because UAB is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients may be able to take part in clinical research trials of promising new cancer therapies. We are the only hospital in the region that offers surgical treatment for soft tissue and bone tumors of the extremities and pelvis.
The board-certified physicians in the Musculoskeletal Joint and Oncologic Surgery Clinic have years of training in orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal oncology, and they are leaders in their field. Our doctors are included on the “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctors for Cancer” lists, and they are active members of groups such as the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, the Connective Tissue Oncology Society, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Proton International at UAB
Proton International at UAB is Alabama’s first and only proton therapy center. Rather than traditional radiation, the center uses protons to reduce the dose to the healthy surrounding tissue and nearby organs, which leads to fewer side effects, better long-term outcomes, and improved quality of life in many patients.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for chondrosarcoma. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials