Rare Cancers (Pediatric)
What are rare cancers?
Rare or unusual child and adolescent cancers represent a subset of malignancies that include thyroid cancer, melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, and carcinomas such as adrenocortical carcinoma, nasopharyngeal carcinoma, and adult-type carcinomas such as breast cancer and colorectal cancer.
Who is affected by rare cancers?
Collectively, rare cancers account for less than 2 percent of all new diagnoses in the United States.
What is the treatment for rare cancers?
Columbia’s oncology team offers young patients with rare cancers the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and access to innovative molecular diagnostics such as gene sequencing and care by the full spectrum of pediatric subspecialists.