A 45-year-old woman presented with a left-sided neck swelling following treatment a year prior for cervical spine chordoma. She had initially been managed surgically with a cervical vertebrectomy and a course of proton beam therapy. Although there had been a degree of residual tissue, her disease remained stable radiologically and clinically. Repeat MRI demonstrated an increasing left paravertebral mass and a head of pancreas metastasis, which shared pathological characteristics with chordoma. Given the advanced metastatic nature of her disease, imatinib was offered with a palliative intent. While waiting for treatment she developed a spinal cord compression, managed with radiotherapy. She commenced imatinib and her disease remained stable for 9 months before progressing clinically and radiologically. This case demonstrates an unusual pattern of metastatic chordoma and provides further rationale for imatinib in such patients.
- cancer intervention
- malignant disease and immunosuppression
- pharmacology and therapeutics
- tyrosine kinase inhibitor
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Contributors IN proposed the case report and supervised the project. EVK wrote the report with contributions from KH. IN and EVK finalised the manuscript. TRE assisted in sourcing appropriate imaging.
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