Rare cancers (defined as an incidence <6/100000/yr) represent 20% of adult cancers but 30% of cancer mortality. There are
over 300 rare cancer types which may affect all organs. A variety of histological and molecular subtypes are emerging
following the progresses of genomic classifications.
EURACAN is a patient centered ERN dedicated to the improvement of diagnosis, treatment management, knowledge,
research and communication on all adult solid rare cancers for patients, families, physicians and all stakeholders. EURACAN
will work on excellence guidelines, their implementation, innovation, research, patient pathways, cross border health care,
and patient communication. EURACAN gathers 67 centers from 18 EU countries. These centers were identified on the basis
of documented expertise, accrual in rare cancers, and endorsement by their member state.
EURACAN aims to open to additionnal centers, to expand to all EU countries and to host at least health care provider expert
for a domain for a region of 5-10 million inhabitants. EURACAN has also invited associated partners from major scientific
societies, ESMO, ECCO, ESSO, EORTC, and major patient advocacy groups to participate to the different network bodies.
EURACAN will interact with other ERN with related topics, in particular benign conditions.
In EURACAN, rare adult solid cancers were grouped in 10 domains corresponding to the RARECARE classification:
sarcomas, rare gynecological cancers, rare urological cancers, neuroendocrine tumors, rare digestive cancers, endocrine
tumors, rare head and neck, thoracic, skin, ocular and brain cancers.
EURACAN will propose a unique network to all European patients affected with rare cancers in all member states enabling
an optimal care, access to rare resources, education, innovation and research to all EU patients.