Novel Biochemical and Molecular Determinants for Soft Tissue Sarcoma

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2015 by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: December 19, 2007
Last updated: February 23, 2015
Last verified: February 2015

The purpose of this study is to study normal and sarcoma cells. To study these cells we need to have human tissue. You will be having or have already had a procedure to remove tissue. We would like to use some of this tissue. We will use it for laboratory studies on the diagnosis,behavior and treatment of sarcoma. We will perform an extensive analysis of your samples. We will only use extra tissue left over after all needed testing has been done or remove an additional small amount of tissue if you are having a biopsy. We will also take blood samples before and/or after your procedure to measure biochemical factors that may help us predict the behavior of sarcoma.

Condition Intervention
Other: Specimen protocol

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Novel Biochemical and Molecular Determinants for Soft Tissue Sarcoma

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • establish and maintain a specimen bank and sarcoma cell line resource [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    for laboratory-based studies on the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human soft tissue sarcoma

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • identify new rational therapeutic targets [ Time Frame: 2 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA

Tissue, Blood

Estimated Enrollment: 3000
Study Start Date: June 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Sarcoma patients undergoing core biopsy, incisional biopsy or definitive surgical resection for soft tissue masses of extremity, trunk or retroperitoneum
Other: Specimen protocol
The research specimen will be obtained from the residual specimen that would otherwise be discarded per usual hospital procedure.

Detailed Description:

In this protocol, we plan to identify specific markers from biochemical, proteomic, epigenetic and molecular genetic analyses that predict clinical outcome, responsiveness to therapy and might serve as promising therapeutic targets in patients with soft tissue sarcoma.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Patients seen or referred by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer physicians


Inclusion Criteria:

  • All patients with known or suspected sarcoma who will have or have had tissue removed for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes.
  • Patients will be entered without preference for any particular racial/ethnic group or gender.
  • Patients may have received prior hormonal therapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy, irradiation, immunotherapy or surgical therapy.
  • Tissue specimens must be large enough in quantity to allow routine pathologic analysis, with the research laboratory specimen removed from the residual specimen, which would otherwise be discarded. Optimal tissue amounts for snap freeze: Core biopsy - 2 tissue cores Incisional biopsy- 0.5 to 1.5 grams Resected sarcoma specimen- 1.0 to 50 grams depending on size of specimen Normal fat or muscle tissue - 0.5 to 4.0 grams (if available from resected sarcoma specimen) Optimal tissue amounts for RNA later Core biopsy - 2 tissue cores Incisional biopsy- 30 mg (three 3 x 3 x 3 mm cubes) Resected sarcoma specimen - 30 mg (three 3 x 3 x 3 mm cubes) Normal fat or muscle tissue - 30 mg (three 3 x 3 x 3 mm cube

Exclusion Criteria:

- None

  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00579566

Contact: Samuel Singer, M.D. 212-639-2940

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Recruiting
new York, New York, United States, 10065
Contact: Samuel Singer, M.D.    212-639-2940      
Principal Investigator: Samuel Singer, M.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Singer Singer, M.D. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00579566     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 02-060
Study First Received: December 19, 2007
Last Updated: February 23, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
Biochemical Determinants
Molecular Determinants

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Connective and Soft Tissue processed this record on May 29, 2015