Cause of Familial Testicular Cancer

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified April 2014 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00034424
First received: April 27, 2002
Last updated: April 12, 2014
Last verified: April 2014

April 27, 2002
April 12, 2014
April 2002
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  • Ascertain new familiies with FTGCTs [ Time Frame: ongoing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Characterize the clinical features of familial TGC [ Time Frame: ongoing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Determine the underlying genetic mechanism for susceptibility to TGCT in families [ Time Frame: ongoing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Evaluate psychosocial issues related to FGCT [ Time Frame: ongoing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
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Cause of Familial Testicular Cancer
Multidisciplinary Etiologic Study of Familial Testicular Cancer

Background:

People with a family history of testicular cancer may be at increased risk for the disease.

Genetic and clinical studies of patients with testicular cancer and their family members may help clarify the cause of the disease and identify clinical features.

Objectives:

To characterize the clinical features of testicular cancer.

To identify genes that may lead to increased risk of the disease.

To examine emotional and behavioral issues of members of families at increased risk of the disease.

Eligibility:

Males and females from a family with at least two cases of testicular cancer in blood relatives.

Males with testicular cancer in both testicles.

Males with testicular cancer who have an identical twin.

Participants must be at least 12 years of age.

Design:

Participants may take part in Part 1 or Parts 1 and 2 of this 2-part study.

Part 1 participants:

  • Provide a blood or cheek cell sample to obtain DNA for gene studies.
  • Provide permission for researchers to obtain their medical records for review.
  • Complete questionnaires about their personal and family medical history, exposure to factors that might influence the risk of testicular cancer, and their feelings about being a member of a family in which several members have testicular cancer.
  • These data are collected from participants in their home communities.

Part 2 participants:

  • All participants provide a medical history, have a complete physical examination, including routine lab tests, and have an ultrasound test of the abdomen to look at the kidneys.
  • Males have an ultrasound test of the testicles and scrotum.
  • Females have an ultrasound test of the pelvis to look at the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes.
  • Males 18 years of age and older provide a semen sample.
  • Some participants have computed tomography (CT) scanning of the chest, abdomen and pelvis instead of kidney ultrasound. Children under 18 years of age may have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) instead of CT.
  • These data are collected from participants during a 2-day visit to the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Travel costs are covered by the protocol.

BACKGROUND:

Testicular germ cell tumors (TGCT) is the most common cancer in men aged 20-35, with an increasing incidence since the mid-twentieth century.

A family history of TGCT is associated with an increased risk of the disease.

Evidence suggests that there is genetic heterogeneity in familial TGCT, thereby creating opportunities for both new susceptibility gene discovery and searching for genotype/phenotype/cancer correlations.

Search for genitourinary developmental anomalies and for testicular intraepithelial neoplasia (TIN) cells which are thought to be the precursor of the vast majority of TGCT could help clarify the etiology and identify clinical features.

This project is both etiologic and clinical in its focus, and its goal is to acquire a comprehensive understanding of both the genetic and non-genetic factors which contribute to the risk of familial TGCT.

OBJECTIVES:

Ascertain new families with familial testicular germ cell tumors.

Characterize the clinical features of familial TGCT.

Determine the underlying genetic mechanism for susceptibility to TGCT in families; one specific goal is to confirm, and then to clone, the hereditary testicular cancer gene which has been mapped to chromosome Xq27.

Evaluate various parameters related to psychosocial and behavioral issues resulting from being a member of a family at increased risk of TGCT.

ELIGIBILITY:

A single family member with bilateral testicular cancer.

Individuals of both genders from a family with at least two cases of documented GCT in blood relatives (at least one of which is testicular in origin) and with at least one of the GCT cases in their family willing to participate in the study.

Men with a history of TGCT who have a monozygotic twin brother (the unaffected identical sibling must also agree to participate).

Families will be deemed ineligible if critical informative family members lacking surviving spouses and children are unable to provide germ line DNA

Minor children under age 12 will not be eligible for study participation.

DESIGN:

International collaboration between NCI's Clinical Genetics Branch and the International Testicular Cancer Linkage Consortium (ITCLC), via contribution of DNA.

Non-randomized cohort study with an estimated accrual of 75 and 100 new TGCT families over a period of 5 years and approximately 40 families willing to visit the NIH Clinical Center.

Individuals and family members will be asked to contribute baseline questionnaires as well as questionnaires regarding lifestyle, feelings, attitudes and behavior that relate to being part of a high-risk family, and DNA for gene mapping and cloning efforts.

Detailed, in-person, etiologically-oriented evaluation at the NIH Clinical Center includes a comprehensive history and physical examination, laboratory testing, and ultrasound imaging of the kidneys and gonads to identify the clinical features and seek clinically occult TGCT and TIN. CT imaging studies of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis will be performed when indicated.

Study participants will be monitored prospectively for the development of outcomes of interest by means of periodic mail and/or telephone contact. Cancer outcomes will be documented through review of medical, vital, and pathology records. Tumor tissue will be obtained whenever feasible.

Observational
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  • Testicular Neoplasms
  • Germinoma
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
 
Recruiting
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  • INCLUSION CRITERIA:

Study population:

Patients must be members of families with familial TGCT as defined below.

Definition of familial TGCT:

The criterion establishing familial TGCT is the presence of:

-at least two cases of documented GCT in blood relatives (at least one of which is testicular in origin),

OR

  • a single family member with bilateral testicular cancer,
  • men with a history of TGCT who are one in a set of identical siblings will also be included in the study.

Case definition:

A case will be determined to have TGCT according to the following criteria:

  • Pathologic confirmation of a germ cell derived tumor arising in the testis. Extragonadal germ cell tumors will also be included.
  • Germ cell derived histologies including: seminoma, germinoma, embryonal carcinoma, endodermal sinus (yolk sac) tumor, gonadoblastoma, choriocarcinoma, teratoma, and mixed germ cell tumor.
  • A case will be determined to have TIN on the basis of pathologic confirmation of intratubular malignant germ cells (ITMGCs) as defined by Burke and Mostofi.

Individuals from participating families who are eligible for this study include:

i) all TGCT cases;

ii) All GCT cases (including those of ovarian or extra-gonadal sites);

iii) all first-degree relatives of each TGCT case;

iv) the spouse(s) of every case if the spouse and case had children who are participating in the study;

v) any blood relative not included in (ii - iii) above who genetically links two cases; and

vi) any blood relative with cancer other than TGCT

vii) family members as described in i) - v) above must be age 12 or greater in order to participate

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

Families will be deemed ineligible for participation in this study if:

There are not at least two proven cases of GCT in the family, one of which is testicular in origin, unless there is a family member with bilateral testicular cancer;

Deceased TGCT cases lacking both archival sources of tissue for DNA extraction AND lacking surviving spouses and children who are willing to paricipate in the study (unavailability of such persons prohibits inferring the genotype of the deceased individual with TGCT).

Critical informative family members are unwilling to participate (i.e., unwilling to provide written informed consent);

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12 Years and older
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Contact: Jennifer T Loud, C.R.N.P. (301) 594-7642 loudj@mail.nih.gov
United States
 
NCT00034424
020178, 02-C-0178
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Jennifer T Loud, C.R.N.P. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
April 2014

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