Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Chordoma Outlook

What to expect with a chordoma:

  • Rarely, chordomas can turn into cancer and metastasize to other areas of the body.
  • Most problems result from the tumor pressing on vital parts of the brain, and from the difficulty in removing the tumor itself.
  • The outcome also depends on the age and health of the person.
  • About 50 percent of people with chordoma survive longer than 5 years.
  • About 35 percent of people with chordoma survive longer than 10 years.

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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