For healthcare professionals
The physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers who treat chordoma patients play a major role in determining patient outcomes and are critical to our efforts to advance chordoma research. This page contains information to help healthcare professionals most effectively treat chordoma, provide valuable resources to their patients, and participate in efforts to advance chordoma research.
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Outline: Treatment | Research | Resources for your patients
The Understanding Chordoma and Treatment pages on our website provide a good starting point for those unfamiliar with chordoma. Additionally, the following pages on our website contain information relevant for the treatment of chordoma:
- List of all clinical trials open to chordoma patients
- Summary of all published responses to systemic therapy
- List of all particle therapy centers across the world
- Therapeutic Target Dashboard highlighting the genes, proteins, and signaling pathways that may be promising targets for The use of drugs that spread through the body to kill cancer cells. Also called chemotherapy or drug therapy.
Authoritative treatment references
- Best practices for the management of local-regional recurrent chordoma: a position paper by the Chordoma Global Consensus Group (Annals of Oncol. 2017)
- Building a global consensus approach to chordoma: a position paper from the medical and patient community (Lancet Oncol. 2015)
- Chordoma: current concepts, management, and future directions (Lancet Oncol. 2012)
- The biological basis for the modern treatment of chordoma (J Neurooncol. 2011)
- Chordoma of the sacrum and vertebral bodies (J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2009)
- Skull base chordomas (Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2011)
- Current comprehensive management of cranial base chordomas (J Neurosurg. 2011)
- Systemic therapy options for unresectable and metastatic chordomas (Curr Oncol Rep. 2011)
- Proton therapy in chordoma of the base of the skull: a systematic review (Neurosurg Rev. 2009)
Chordoma Foundation Biobank
Currently, scarcity of chordoma biospecimens is thwarting progress in the field. To solve this problem, the Chordoma Foundation operates an IRB-approved biobanking protocol for the collection of tumor tissue, blood, and clinical information from chordoma patients across the US. Storage and distribution are performed by the Human Tissue Resource Network at The Ohio State University under contract with the Chordoma Foundation. This collection serves as a resource to the entire research community, making tissue available to qualified investigators for peer reviewed research projects.
Healthcare professionals can help by informing chordoma patients about the opportunity to participate in the Biobank. We will gladly send tri-fold brochures about the biobank that you can provide to your chordoma patients or display in your clinic. Contact us to request brochures, or download a copy here.
Patients can enroll in the Biobank by calling (877) 230-0164 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Biobank team will consent the patient to participate in the Biobank and will work with your institution to procure excess tumor from surgery. We will provide collection kits and any other supplies needed to obtain frozen tissue, handle shipping and pickup logistics, and reimburse hospitals for procurement costs up to $500 per case.
Our International Chordoma Research Workshops bring together a multidisciplinary group of leading chordoma physicians and scientists from around the world to share the latest discoveries about chordoma, discuss new treatment approaches, and to forge collaborations with colleagues from different disciplines and institutions. Learn more »
Relevant Professional Societies
- North American Skull Base Society
- European Skull Base Society
- World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies
- Society for Neuro-Oncology
- Connective Tissue Oncology Society
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- European Society for Medical Oncology
- Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group
Resources for your patients
- Expert Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chordoma – our patient booklet that contains recommendations developed by a group of over 40 leading doctors who specialize in caring for chordoma patients
- Patient Navigation Service – our Patient Navigators offer free, personalized assistance to help patients and their family members learn about chordoma and its treatment
- Understanding chordoma – a lay summary of chordoma designed to inform chordoma patients
- Treatment overview – intended to help patients make informed treatment decisions
- Frequently asked questions – designed to answer many common patient questions
- Helpful resources – publications, tools, and resources including financial assistance, housing, general cancer resources, and more
- Peer support – our free Peer Connect program matches anyone affected by chordoma with another person whose experiences with chordoma are similar