After many years of closure, the raretumors website wants to return with the same purposes that had given birth to the previous site but with a new look.
The list of tumours which may be defined uncommon (i.e., those tumours whose incidence is 2/100.000) is by no means minuscular. Their low frequency and the ensuing difficulty in collecting at a single Centre a number of cases sufficient to become experienced with their management, make their clinical and histopathologic identification as well as their prognostic evaluation and treatment a difficult task. Unlike what happens with common tumours, the clinical and basic research studies on uncommon tumours are scarce, and the institutions which can undertake their diagnosis and treatment very few. Furthermore, for the diagnosis of uncommon tumours is often necessary to resort to sophisticated machinery or laboratory techniques not widely available or affordable. Another limiting factor is given by the lack of financial support, which is mainly conveyed on studies on those tumours that, because of their high frequency, have a stronger social impact.
This section is a peer-reviewed on-line database devoted to rare tumours in free access over the Internet. The aim is to cover the entire field under study: as the task is huge, the database is -and will be- incomplete.
It is made for and by: clinicians and researchers in oncology, haematology, pathology, and genetics. Contributions are most welcome and are reviewed before acceptance.
It presents concise and updated reviews (cards) on definition, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment, a list of essential references, a list of web resources, selected clinical and histopathological images, and links to the relevant HINT-OUT project session(s).