Primary Tumor Research and Outcomes Network (PTRON)

  • End date
    Dec 27, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    AO Innovation Translation Center
Updated on 4 October 2022


This project aims to establish a network of spine oncology centers dedicated to prospective multicenter research of patients diagnosed with a primary tumor of the spine and will include a comprehensive prospective clinical database which will serve as a shared research platform. Demographic, clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic variables will be used to answer questions about survival and local recurrence, as well as questions about adverse events (AEs), morbidity data, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) outcomes.


Objective: To prospectively investigate variables (clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic) in patients diagnosed with primary spinal column and cord tumors that are associated with:

  • survival
  • local recurrence
  • morbidity data
  • patient reported outcomes

Outcome measures: Variables applicable to primary spinal column tumor patients which will be collected in the registry include:

  • Patient details
  • Treatment status
  • Details of previous treatment
  • Diagnosis and biopsy types
  • Tumor details
  • Oncological staging
  • Symptoms
  • Treatment details
  • Imaging information

We aim to collect the following outcome measures:

  • Overall survival data
  • Local disease recurrence data
  • Morbidity data
  • Patient reported outcomes:
  • Euroquol-5D-3L, EQ-5D-Y (if applicable)
  • Euroquol EQ-5D VAS - Quality of Life
  • Neck pain numeric rating scale (NRS)
  • Arm pain NRS
  • Back pain NRS
  • Leg Pain NRS
  • SF-36 version 2
  • SOSG Outcome Questionnaire (SOSGOQ) v1.0 and v2.0
  • Surverys on patient expectations and satisfaction

Condition Spinal Column Tumor
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02790983
SponsorAO Innovation Translation Center
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Patient with a current primary spine tumor or history of a primary spine tumor, including tumors within or surrounding the spinal column and/or spinal cord. This includes extradural tumors, intramedullary tumors (i.e. astrocytomas, ependymoma, etc.) and extramedullary tumors (i.e. meningiomas, neurofibromas, schwannomas, etc.)
Informed consent obtained, i.e
Ability to understand the content of the patient information/ICF
Willingness and ability to participate in the registry according to the Registry Plan (RP)
Signed and dated EC/IRB approved written informed consent
Written consent provided according to the IRB/EC defined and approved procedures for patients who are not able to provide independent written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

Patient diagnosed with a metastatic tumor of the spine
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