Listen, as Dr. Templeton describes chodrosarcoma.
Sarcomas are cancers that show up in areas other than organs. So it’s not in your lung or liver or kidney. It’s in the soft tissue such as the fat, muscle, blood vessels, nerves, or in bone. So any time you see sarcoma, that’s a cancer in one of those areas. We try to combine names, and so the first part of the name tells you what type of tissue that cancer is making, and so when you see chondrosarcoma, chondro means cartilage.
Cartilage is the tissue that is inside your joints to help cushion your joints. It’s what your bone starts out as before you are born and eventually turns into bone. So any time you see chondro that means cartilage. So a chondrosarcoma is a cancer that’s making cartilage. It’s the most common type of primary bone cancer or cancer that starts off in the bone that we see in adults.
About Dr. Kim Templeton, M.D.:
Kim Templeton, M.D., received her degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine with a specialty in orthopedics and musculoskeletal oncology and began her career with an orthopedic residency at Chicago's Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center.
She then accepted a Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1995, she came to the KU School of Medicine, where her commitment to excellence and orthopedic education has opened the way to positions of leadership. She is now the Director of the Orthopedic Residency Education Program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, holds the first Joy McCann Professorship for Women in Medicine and Science, and currently serves as president of the KU Medical Center's Women in Medicine and Science program.