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My name is Liz. I’m a 32-year-old mum living in Canberra and recently underwent extensive treatment and surgery from a large, stage IV Thymus cancer.
We understand it may be difficult to find information about a rare cancer, so we've compiled a knowledgebase to help you.
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Cancer impacts everyone in the community. The enormity of such a diagnosis is compounded by the uncertainty surrounding rare and less common cancers, and most alarmingly, the lack of affordable treatment options. Read the strories of the patients below, and help someone's child, partner or parent today by making a donation that will go directly to them.
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On September 4, 2019 I was celebrating my 23rd birthday, mum by my side having a biopsy of my neck at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. That last visit to the RMH a doctor who's name I don't remember probably saved my life.
Zane is 8 years young and on Christmas Eve 2019, our world was shattered after learning that our loving, vibrant and energetic boy has a rare and aggressive brain tumour.
49 year old Karen is a devoted wife to Matt and the mother of nine-year-old Jacob and 11-year-old Zoe. On Boxing Day 2018, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the cervix.
After months of gruelling chemo and surgeries, Angela was eventually given the all clear. Only to have her breast cancer return, except this time it is terminal. With no options left in Australia Angela is now seeking alternative options overseas.
Rare Cancers Australia (RCA) is determined to increase awareness, highlight the need for further research and initiate policy discussion and action to improve the lives and outcomes of all Australians living with a rare or less common cancer. RCA is currently working with government, clinicians and industry for change.
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