The most effective treatment is the surgical removal of the tumor. If the chondrosarcoma is on a forelimb or hind limb, then amputation is necessary. If the tumor is in a location that is difficult to remove it in its entirety, then radiation may be another treatment option. This is typically the case with chondrosarcomas that affect the nose, but if the tumor is detected early, then surgical intervention may be a treatment option. Keep in mind that more complications can arise when surgery is performed in this area.
If chondrosarcoma is not completely removed, there is a slight chance that it could grow back. Without surgery or radiation, chondrosarcomas can be very painful. If you choose to focus on more palliative care options, you can discuss various pain medications with your veterinarian. Remember that pathologic fractures can occur when the entire bone eventually becomes diseased. These fractures are extremely painful and can greatly impact your pup’s overall quality of life.
Chondrosarcomas are the second most common type of bony tumors in dogs. Chondrosarcomas can be extremely painful, especially if they result in a pathologic fracture. Early intervention is critical so that it does not become so enlarged as to be considered inoperable, and survival time odds can greatly improve if you act quickly. Whenever you see a suspicious lump or bump, be sure to discuss it with your veterinarian at your dog’s next appointment.