Very rare diseases in oncology



Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Medical oncology
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Medicine

Field Oncology and hematology
Keywords oncology diseases
Description Chen et al. [1] presented an important study on potential molecular prognostic predictors of recurrence in sacral chordoma. I wish to draw the readers’ attention to epidemiological and related socioeconomic and ethical issues of such a rare diagnosis. Various definitions for sporadic diseases have been proposed based on different cutoff incidence or prevalence rates. Some of these definitions delineate a substantial portion of the overall population disease burden. The apparent complexity of the group of rare diseases implies further explorations including the most uncommon entities.
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