This information has been written for patients, their families and friends and the general public to help them understand more about a rare form of primary bone cancer, known as chordoma. This section will detail what a chordoma is and how a chordoma is diagnosed and treated.

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A chordoma is a very rare form of primary bone cancer, accounting for less than 5% of all primary tumours arising in the bone. This slow-growing tumour most commonly occurs in the spine and the skull.

Surgery is the main treatment for this tumour, though the use of advanced techniques in radiotherapy has recently become extremely valuable in the treatment of chordomas.

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