History of the rare cancer network and past research.
Miller, Robert C.
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CitationMirimanoff RO, Ozsahin M, Thariat J, Ozyar E, Schick U, Pehlivan B, Krengli M, Pellanda AF, Vees H, Cai L, Scandolaro L, Belkacemi Y, Villà S, Igdem S, Lutsyk M, Miller RC. History of the rare cancer network and past research. Rare Tumors. 2014; 6(3): 5462. doi: 10.4081/rt.2014.5462.
Approximately, twenty years ago, the Rare Cancer Network (RCN) was formed in Lausanne, Switzerland, to support the study of rare malignancies. The RCN has grown over the years and now includes 130 investigators from twenty-four nations on six continents. The network held its first international symposium in Nice, France, on March 21-22, 2014. The proceedings of that meeting are presented in two companion papers. This manuscript reviews the history of the growth of the RCN and contains the abstracts of fourteen oral presentations made at the meeting of prior RCN studies. From 1993 to 2014, 74 RCN studies have been initiated, of which 54 were completed, 10 are in progress or under analysis, and 9 were stopped due to poor accrual. Forty-four peer reviewed publications have been written on behalf of the RCN.