Chordomas may be completely removed with surgery. This usually results in a cure.
Sometimes, chordomas are deeply embedded in the brain, surrounded by vital structures. In the past, it was impossible to remove the tumor without damaging other parts of the brain. Microsurgical techniques now allow doctors to remove most of these tumors without damaging other important structures.
Brain surgery complications include:
- Post operative bleeding
- Post operative infection
- Nerve damage
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