for people ages up to 50 years (full criteria)
at Oakland, California and other locations
study started



The purpose of this study is to collect and store tumor tissue, blood, and bone marrow samples from patients with soft tissue sarcoma that will be tested in the laboratory. Collecting and storing samples of tumor tissue, blood, and bone marrow from patients to test in the laboratory may help the study of cancer.

Official Title

A COG Soft Tissue Sarcoma Diagnosis, Biology and Banking Protocol



  1. Collect human tumor tissue and other biological specimens (blood, serum, and bone marrow) from patients with rhabdomyosarcoma or non-rhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcoma diagnosed and/or treated at a Children's Oncology Group (COG) member institution.

II. Provide a repository for storage of tissue and other biological specimens collected by COG investigators from these patients.

III. Make these specimens available for approved projects by laboratory-based investigators.

IV. Collect clinical data on these patients who are not being treated on a COG therapeutic study.

  1. Define and compare the clinical features of patient subgroups with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma whose tumors carry the t(2;13), t(1;13) or neither translocation.

VI. Investigate the relationship between evidence of submicroscopic disease and response rate (CR/PR), failure-free survival, and survival of patients with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, as determined by positive or negative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay for the t(2:13) and t(1:13) on peripheral blood and bone marrow specimens obtained at diagnosis.

VII. Compare the clinical, cytogenetic, and molecular biologic features of patient subgroups with anaplastic rhabdomyosarcoma and other subtypes of rhabdomyosarcoma.


Surgical tissue, bone marrow, and blood specimens are collected at diagnosis (initial or relapse) and, if applicable, at the development of a second primary tumor. Specimens are used for research purposes. A certificate of confidentiality protecting the identity of research participants in this project has been issued by the National Cancer Institute.

Patients who are not enrolled on a Children's Oncology Group treatment trial are followed every 6 months for at least 10 years or until disease progression or development of a second malignancy.


Adult Rhabdomyosarcoma, Childhood Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, Chordoma, Desmoid-Type Fibromatosis, Metastatic Childhood Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Non-Metastatic Childhood Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Previously Treated Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma, Recurrent Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Recurrent Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma, Recurrent Childhood Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Rhabdomyosarcoma, Stage I Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma AJCC v7, Stage II Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma AJCC v7, Stage III Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma AJCC v7, Stage IV Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma AJCC v7, Untreated Childhood Rhabdomyosarcoma, Sarcoma, Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma, Aggressive Fibromatosis, Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor, Fibroma, Recurrence, Cytology Specimen Collection Procedure, Laboratory Biomarker Analysis, Ancillary-Correlative (specimen collection)


For people ages up to 50 years

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Histologically or cytologically confirmed diagnosis of 1 of the following:
    • Rhabdomyosarcoma
    • Non-rhabdomyosarcoma soft tissue sarcoma

      - Chordoma - Desmoid fibromatosis - Desmoplastic round cell tumors - Undifferentiated embryonal sarcoma of the liver

    • Unclassified soft tissue sarcoma that is too undifferentiated to be placed in a specific pathologic category in the WHO classification (often called ?undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma? or ?soft tissue sarcoma NOS?)
    • Other soft tissue neoplasms, excluding benign tumors
  • Must have pathological specimens of tumor-containing tissue or bone marrow (beyond that needed by the institution for diagnosis) available for study
  • No malignant rhabdoid tumor, Ewing sarcoma/primitive neuroectodermal tumor, or osteogenic sarcoma of bone
  • No osteogenic sarcoma


  • Children's Hospital and Research Center at Oakland
    Oakland California 94609-1809 United States
  • UCSF Medical Center-Parnassus
    San Francisco California 94143 United States
  • UCSF Medical Center-Mission Bay
    San Francisco California 94158 United States
  • Kaiser Permanente-Oakland
    Oakland California 94611 United States
  • Children's Hospital Central California
    Madera California 93636-8762 United States
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford University
    Palo Alto California 94304 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Children's Oncology Group
Study Type
Expecting 150 study participants
Last Updated