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Correlation of the Clinical Behaviour of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) After Debulking Nephrectomy With Tumor Gene Expression in Nephrectomy Specimens

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Renal Cell Carcinoma

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Correlation of the Clinical Behaviour of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) After Debulking Nephrectomy With Tumor Gene Expression in Nephrectomy Specimens

Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a tumor with clinically apparent immunologic phenomena, such
as response to immunotherapies (interferon, interleukin-2, immune cellular therapy etc),
spontaneous regression, and sometimes indolent behaviour. Nephrectomy itself influences the
prognosis of advanced RCC patients as shown in 2 randomised trials, and could have an immune
basis. We previously reported on the variability of clinical behaviour in advanced RCC
patients who had not received systemic treatment after debulking nephrectomy (Debulking
Nephrectomy Followed By A "Watch And Wait" Approach In Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma .Wong
A, et al. Urol Oncol, in press). The clinical significance of this includes the avoidance
of toxic systemic therapies after nephrectomy, or the possibility of using non-toxic vaccine
approaches in metastatic patients after cytoreductive nephrectomy. In this research proposal
we would like to analyse the immune related gene expression profile on nephrectomy tumor
samples and correlate them with the clinical course of the patient after the nephrectomy.
This will be an exploratory and retrospective study of 15 patients in whom debulking
nephrectomy for advanced RCC had been done, who did not receive any adjuvant treatment, and
in whom the clinical course had been monitored after the nephrectomy.

We will first carry out a feasibility study during which we will isolate RNA from 3 FFPE
(formalin-fixed,paraffin-embedded) samples using commercially available RNA isolation kit
and we will determine if their quality is compatible with quantitative polymerase chain
reaction (qPCR) or microarray studies. Upon successful feasibility study, the analysis will
be extended to 15 patients. RNA will be isolated from FFPE samples and the gene expression
profiles will be evaluated by qPCR and/or microarray. Emphasis will be placed on the
expression profile of immune-related genes. Finally, transcriptome analysis results will be
extended at the protein and cell level using immunohistochemistry assays.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Advanced RCC who had a cytoreductive nephrectomy done.

- Patients did not receive specific anti-cancer systemic therapy after the nephrectomy,
except after clinical disease progression.

- Tumor samples available.

Type of Study:


Study Design:


Principal Investigator

Alvin Seng Cheong Wong, MRCP, MB ChB

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

National University Hospital, Singapore


Singapore: Domain Specific Review Boards

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Start Date:

March 2008

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Carcinoma
  • Carcinoma, Renal Cell