Cancer is a group of diseases, not just one. It is indicated by cells that are invasive (they invade and destroy adjacent tissue), aggressive (they grow and divide without respect to normal limits) and sometimes metastatic (they spread to other parts of the body).
There are many different kinds of cancer. They are usually designated for where they begin in your body. For example, colon cancer begins in your colon. Stomach cancer begins in your stomach. Even if it spreads to other organs, cancer is still named by where it started in your body.
Bone cancer begins in your bones. Your body is made up of 206 bones. Your bones help give shape and structure to your body. Your bones help protect your fragile organs, contain bone marrow that stores and makes new blood cells and help control your body’s collection of various nutrients and proteins.
A chordoma is a form of bone cancer. It is a rare tumor that usually develops on the base of your skull and your spine. A chordoma is a malignant tumor that grows rather slowly.
Fortunately, a chordoma accounts for only about 1% of all malignant bone cancers. Although a chordoma may occur to anyone at any age, this tumor occurs most often in people who are between the ages of 40 and 70, with the average age being 55.
Because a chordoma grows slowly, you may have signs and symptoms for a good while before you notice them. The signs and symptoms of a chordoma are different depending on the size and location of the tumor. Possible signs and symptoms when a chordoma is located on your spine include:
- Changes in bladder and/or bowel function
- Weakness in your legs and arms
- Pain in the area where the tumor is located.
Possible signs and symptoms of a chordoma that is located on the base of your skull include:
- Facial pain
- Difficulty swallowing
- Changes in hearing
- Double vision
- Neck pain.
You or a loved one may have a chordoma. A chordoma and/or complications that have resulted from this disease may have brought about you or your loved one’s disability and not being able to work.
You may need help if this is your situation. Your may need financial assistance.
You or your loved one may be considering applying for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by a chordoma and/or complications that have resulted from this disease. You or your loved one may have already done this and been turned down by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one has decided to reapply or appeal the denial, here is something important that you need to remember. The fact is that people who are represented by a disability attorney are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer on their side.
Please do not hesitate. Contact the disability attorney at Social Security Home, today.