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Rare Cancers Australia

A rare cancer is defined as a type of cancer that has an incidence of less than 6 per year per 100,000 population or less than 1,250 new diagnoses in any one year. A less common cancer is defined as one that has an incidence of between 6 and 12 per year per 100,000 population (less than 2,500 diagnoses per year in Australia). There are literally hundreds of different types of rare and less common (RLC) cancers and when combined they have a devastating impact on the community’s health and wellbeing. There are also many rare sub-types of common cancers such as Breast or Lung.

Rare Cancers Australia (RCA) Ltd is a charity whose purpose is to improve the lives and health outcomes of Australians living with a rare or less common cancer.

Australians diagnosed with a rare or less common cancer have typically been offered very little by way of support, information and treatment options. RCA's Patient Support Program can assist with the specific challenges that come with a rare cancer diagnosis.

Patient outcomes can be greatly improved with access to specialist doctors, relevant support services and awareness of treatment options.

RCA understands that patients diagnosed with cancer are confronted with vast quantities of life changing information at a time of great stress. RCA strives to support patients and help them navigate towards the best possible outcomes.

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Last reviewed: November 2018

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Rare Cancers Australia - Neuroblastoma

Neuroblastoma is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in nerve tissue of the adrenal gland, neck, chest, or spinal cord.

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Rare Cancers Australia - Small Intestine Cancer

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Rare Cancers Australia - Sebaceous carcinoma

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Rare Cancers Australia - Endometrial Cancer

Cancer that forms in the tissue lining the uterus (the small, hollow, pear-shaped organ in a woman's pelvis in which a fetus develops).

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Rare Cancers Australia - Bladder Cancer

Cancer that forms in tissues of the bladder (the organ that stores urine).

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Rare Cancers Australia - Salivary Gland Cancer

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Rare Cancers Australia - Appendix Cancer - Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP)

Pseudomyxoma peritonei is a very rare type of cancer that usually begins in your appendix as a small growth, called a polyp.

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Rare Cancers Australia - Brain Tumours - Adult

An adult brain tumour is a disease in which abnormal cells form in the tissues of the brain.

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Rare Cancers Australia - Myelodysplastic Syndromes

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Rare Cancers Australia - Salivary Gland Tumours - Child

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