Is appendix cancer an orphan disease?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

An orphan disease is a rare disease that affects a small number of people in comparison to other more common diseases. Appendix cancer is an orphan disease, affecting 600-1000 Americans a year. Appendix cancer and other orphan disease do not affect enough people to attract pharmaceutical and medical researchers in pursuit of profit. Treatments for appendix cancer have not undergone clinical trials because it is so rare.

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