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Rare Cancers

Rare Cancers

The following cancers are considered common: breast, bladder, colon, kidney, lung, melanoma, non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, pancreatic, prostate, rectal, thyroid, and uterine cancers.

All other cancer types are considered Rare---together they account for 20-25% of all cancer diagnoses. That’s in 1 in 4 patients.

Examples of rare cancers:

Cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer
Langherhans histiocytosis
Salivary gland cancer
Neuroendocrine cancer
Cancer of unknown primary
Acinar cell cancer of pancreas
Anal cancer
Pleomorphic cancer of lung

Our Precision Cancer Medicine Clinic evaluates patients with Rare Cancers, with two goals:

  1. Clinical Research for patients TODAY: Use novel technologies to characterize rare cancers and identify treatments options for our patients.
  2. Basic Research for patients TOMORROW: Uncover the biology with novel technologies of rare cancers to develop new tests and therapies for patients.

How can you help?

Research is expensive, and there is limited funding available to support research for rare cancers especially. You can donate to the Precision Cancer Medicine Fund to support both clinical research and basic science research for Rare Cancers.