In Australia a rare cancer is defined as one which has fewer than 6 diagnoses per 100,000 of the population and a Less Common cancer is one which has fewer than 12 diagnoses per 100,000 of the population.
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 well-being. There are also many rare sub-types of common cancers such as Breast or Lung.
Vison and mission
RCA’s purpose is to improve the lives and health outcomes of Australians living with rare and less common (RLC) cancers.
RCA has a number of key areas of focus: Creating a patient community, advocacy, patient support programs, fundraising, treatment & research, along with early diagnosis.
How Rare Cancer Australia can help
RCA 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.
Information / help lines
- Call 1800 257 600 for patient support, Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm AEST
- Or send an email: firstname.lastname@example.org