Collection of Serum and Tissue Samples From Patients With Biopsy-Proved or Suspected Malignant Diseases

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Updated on 24 October 2022
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Selected patients suspected of having or with prior biopsy proof of malignant disease will be seen in the Urologic Oncology Branch, NCI. Blood samples may be collected at the time of the initial visit and at periodic intervals during the course of the disease. These samples will be stored in the tissue bank of the Urologic Oncology Branch. Aliquots of malignant and normal tissue will be collected at the time of surgery and stored in the tissue bank, Urologic Oncology Branch, NCI. These materials will be used in the research efforts of the Urologic Oncology Branch, NCI.



Kidney, prostate, bladder, testis and penile cancer account for 22% of cancers diagnosed in the United States and are responsible for 10% of cancer deaths each year in the U.S. Understanding the genes and gene pathways that cause genitourinary malignancies will provide the foundation for the development of targeted therapeutic agents for patients affected with these cancers. Since 1982 investigators in the Urologic Oncology Branch have been studying the genetic basis of urologic cancers. The identification of the genes for cancer of the kidney has led to the approval by the FDA of a number of new agents for patients with advanced disease. It is our goal to study the cancer gene pathways of genitourinary malignancies in order to further understand the cancer gene pathways that cause these diseases.


Collection of benign and malignant tissue from patients with known or suspected cancer

Collection of benign and malignant tissue from patients with rare inherited conditions associated with an increased risk for kidney cancer

Determine the molecular genetic differences between normal and tumorigenic tissues

Investigate the categories of genes/ biochemical pathways such as those that influence the cell cycle, angiogenesis, metabolic changes, and metastatic potential

Examine protein expression and bioimmunoassays investigating potential genetic markers

Investigate cellular/biochemical response to existing and novel therapeutic agents

Investigate quality of life in men who have prostate cancer

Investigate molecular genetic basis of urologic malignancies

Examine cell free DNA and circulating tumor DNA for cancer gene mutations


Patients with biopsy-proven malignant disease

Patients suspected of having malignant disease

Patients with known or suspected inherited urologic malignant disorder

Family members (related by blood) of patients who have or are suspected of having an inherited genitourinary disorder or malignancy

Family members of patients with a DNA variant


Patients will be screened for eligibility in the Urologic Oncology Branch Clinic

Blood and urine samples may be obtained

Normal and malignant tissue may be collected from patients undergoing clinically indicated surgical procedures

Basic scientific research will be performed on collected specimens

Patients will have the option to be contacted if a result is detected that would affect their health and they will be given the opportunity to be evaluated and re-tested on an IRB approved protocol if available

Germline and somatic whole genome exome sequencing may be performed

Condition Malignant Neoplasms, Hereditary Neoplastic Syndromes, Kidney Cancer, Renal Cancer, Bladder Cancer
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT00026884
SponsorNational Cancer Institute (NCI)
Last Modified on24 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Adult and minor patients with biopsy-proven malignant disease
Adult and minor patients suspected of having a malignant disease
Patients who have or are suspected of having an inherited genitourinary malignant disorder
Participants must be >= 2 years of age
Family members (related by blood) of patients who have or are suspected of having a malignant disease or an inherited genitourinary malignant disorder
All patients and guardians, for adults unable to consent or children younger than 18 years of age, must sign an informed consent document indicating their understanding of the investigational nature and the risks of this study before any protocol related studies are performed. Patients under the age of 18 but who are age 13 or older will be asked to sign an assent document prior to participation

Exclusion Criteria

Subjects whose co-morbidities preclude surgical intervention
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