In 2004 Simone Smith was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, called Stage III Chondrosarcoma. After her lengthy fight and triumph, she not only fulfilled her dream of creating a jewelry line,Simone I. Smith, but she also fulfilled her philanthropic goals by teaming up with the American Cancer Society in order to donate a portion of the proceeds (10%) from select pieces to help with the fight against cancer.http://simoneismith.com
“Her treatment required an invasive surgery that altered the appearance of her lollipop tattoo. “It literally looks like someone took a bite out of it,” says Simone. Inspired by her experience, the lollipop now represents Simone’s journey to getting well and staying well, and has sparked a desire to help other cancer survivors.”
What is chondrosarcoma?
Chondrosarcoma is a malignant cancer whose tumor cells produce a pure hyaline cartilage that results in abnormal bone and/or cartilage growth. People who have chondrosarcoma have a tumor growth, or abnormal bony type of bump, which can vary in size and location. The term chondrosarcoma is used to define a heterogeneous group of lesions with diverse morphologic features and clinical behavior. Primary chondrosarcoma (or conventional chondrosarcoma) usually develops centrally in a previously normal bone. Secondary chondrosarcoma is a chondrosarcoma arising from a benign precursor such as enchondromas or osteochondromas.
Symptoms will vary from person to person. The location and severity of the tumor will affect them. The most common symptoms of chondrosarcoma include:
- Large lump or mass on a bone
- Pressure surrounding the mass
- Pain that worsens at night
- Pain that responds to anti-inflammatory pain relievers
- Pain that does not improve with rest
- Pain that gradually worsens over time and may last for years