In the United States, any disease that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time is defined as a rare disease. By that definition, every sub-type of childhood cancer is rare. But some sub-types of childhood cancer are so rare – affecting fewer than 300 children per year in the U.S. – that some cancer centers may never have seen the cancer type before.
Rare childhood tumors include:
- Carcinomas in childhood, including:
- Neuro-endocrine tumors, including:
- Pleuropulmonary Blastoma (PPB)
Rare tumor treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's
At Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, our
Rare Tumor Program specializes in providing exceptional care for children, teens and young adults with rare and complex cancerous conditions. Our treatment teams have expertise in treating even the rarest forms of cancer, and many of our specialists are also active researchers, providing your child access to the most advanced treatments available.