Rare Cancers

Fewer than 40,000 people are diagnosed with a rare cancer each year in the United States. Altogether they make up just over 25% of all cancers in the country (National Cancer Institute).

Neuroendocrine Tumors

A tumor that forms from cells that release hormones into the blood in response to a signal from the nervous system. Neuroendocrine tumors may make higher-than-normal amounts of hormones, which can cause many different symptoms. (NCI)

Jennifer Petersen, Neuroendocrine Tumor, Stage IV

Cancer details: Unknown site of origin, metastasis
1st Symptoms: Pain in upper back
Treatment: Chemotherapy, immunotherapy

 

Thymoma & Thymic Carcinoma

Thymoma and thymic carcinoma are diseases in which malignant (cancer) cells form on the outside surface of the thymus. Signs and symptoms of thymoma and thymic carcinoma include a cough and chest pain. Both are usually diagnosed, staged, and treated during surgery. (NCI)

Jennifer Pastore, Thymic Carcinoma, Stage 4

Cancer Details: Treated for thymic carcinoma. Usually inoperable because it comes back so frequently.
1st Symptoms: Viral like symptoms (cough, cold)
Treatment: Chemotherapy, Radiation, Surgery