CURE: The Rare Cancer Initiative

Approximately 25% of all cancers diagnosed each year are rare cancers. Despite this, the five-year survival rate for rare cancer patients is much lower than for those with non-rare cancers. This is why the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) is kickstarting CURE (Conducting Unprecedented Research and Exploration): The Rare Cancer Initiative. Led by Case CCC Director Gary Schwartz, MD, the initiative builds on Case CCC’s collaborative nature, creating a national network among U.S. cancer centers and catalyzing innovative bench-to-bedside approaches to identify, treat, and, ultimately, defeat rare cancers.

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CURE is funded by the Jed Ian Taxel Foundation for Rare Cancer Research (JEDI)—an organization founded by Mark and Linda Taxel in memory of their son Jed, who died from a rare cancer just six months after his diagnosis. JEDI invests in cutting-edge research that translates into lifesaving treatments that help end rare cancer.

Together, we have the power to transform rare cancer research and save lives around the world.