• Hepatoblastoma

    Rare Cancers

    Hepatoblastoma: a rare malignant tumor of the liver that usually occurs in the first 3 years of life

  • Human lung adenocarcinoma with magnification scale. Cell line.

    Rare Cancers

    Lung adenocarcinoma: a cancer that occurs due to abnormal and uncontrolled cell growth in the lungs

  • Wilms tumor

    Rare Cancers

    Wilms' tumor: a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children

The Bertarelli Rare Cancers Fund supports advances in the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of rare cancers.

While all cancer diagnoses raise concerns and difficult questions for patients, their families, and their health care providers, rare cancers present additional challenges. Access to tumors and relevant samples for study is more limited, and commercial interest is lower because of decreased market size.

The Bertarelli Rare Cancers Fund, established in 2020 thanks to a generous gift from the Bertarelli Foundation, provides an important opportunity to develop a prominent role for rare cancer research in the Harvard community.

BRCF in the News: No Cancer Left Behind



“At the Bertarelli Foundation, we are able to take risks and to fund what we hope will be innovative research, in ways that private companies cannot. It is my hope that the Bertarelli Rare Cancers Fund will create a community of rare cancer researchers who will, in collaboration with scientists around the world, transform the understanding, treatment, and care of rare cancers.”


– Dona Bertarelli
Co-chair of the Bertarelli Foundation