WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
There are many amazing organizations dedicated to all forms of childhood cancer that do great work. So why direct your donation toward rhabdomyosarcoma? We believe there are several unique factors about this disease that make it worthy of focused efforts.
It's a rare disease, but common enough
The current treatment protocols are intense
All patients with rhabdomyosarcoma need 24-52 weekly doses of chemotherapy. Without it, the American Cancer Society states it’s very likely the cancer will come back in distant parts in the body. Most patients require surgery and/or radiation therapy as well.
Funding is minimal compared to other cancers
In general, childhood cancer research is underfunded. The Coalition Against Childhood Cancer states that in 2015, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) budget was $4.93 billion. It is anticipated that childhood cancer received 4% of that sum.
It mostly affects very young children
Survival rates can be as low as 20%
According to the American Cancer Society, the overall 5-year survival rate for the low-risk group is over 90%. However, the number drops to as low as 60% for the intermediate-risk group and to 20% for the high-risk group.