- Rare or less common (RLC) cancers
Rare or less common (RLC) cancers
A cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event, but if you have been diagnosed with a rare or less common (RLC) cancer, it can be especially challenging. These cancers are more difficult to diagnose than more common cancers, so are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage. Sometimes, this may make them more difficult to treat.
Rare and less common cancers affect only a small number of people. In Australia, a rare cancer is defined as one with fewer than 6 diagnoses per 100,000 people, and a less common cancer is one with fewer than 12 diagnoses per 100,000 people. Examples of rare and less common cancers include small bowel, gall bladder and penile cancer.
A cancer diagnosis usually brings uncertainty, but people with a rare or less common cancer may face increased uncertainty and feelings of isolation. Our Understanding Rare and Less Common Cancers booklet provides an overview to help you understand more about these challenges and how to cope with them.
You can also download fact sheets on nine RLC cancers. These fact sheets include information about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and side effects, as well as suggestions for coping with all aspects of the cancer experience.
Download these fact sheets
- Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Download PDF170kB
- Appendix Cancer and PMP Download PDF124kB
- Gall Bladder Cancer Download PDF167kB
- Neuroendocrine Tumours Download PDF320kB
- Ocular Melanoma Download PDF174kB
- Penile Cancer Download PDF183kB
- Small Bowel Cancer Download PDF192kB
- Soft Tissue Sarcoma Download PDF266kB
- Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer Download PDF186kB
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