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Assessment of accuracy of sentinel node biopsy, defined as the false negative rate.
Investigators will use Axumin PET/CT to help with the imaging modalities to determine the presence of occult retroperitoneal disease.
This is a prospective observational study investigating the incidence, characteristics of, and change in chronic neuropathy symptoms related to cisplatin using the EORTC CIPN-20 instrument. Approximately 60 patients will be collected for this study. The duration of this study will be up to 18 months for each patient. This study will complement a current R01 funded trial (Platinum Study) which evaluates the genetic predisposition of chronic neuropathy after 12 months of chemotherapy. However, although the platinum study evaluates a similar patient population, it does not evaluate the natural history of platinum induced neuropathy during active treatment and the first 12 months post chemotherapy. This trial will fill this gap and add to the investigators knowledge for both natural history and genetic predisposition of platinum neurotoxicity.
The incidence of testicular germ cell tumors, the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 45 years, has doubled in France in 30 years. Reasons remain unclear but a role of environmental factors, especially during critical periods of development, is strongly suspected. Reliable data on environmental exposure during this critical period are sparse.The discordant findings and the limitations of available studies underline the importance to conduct studies with sufficient statistical power to detect risk due to exposures during critical windows of vulnerability. We conduct a multicentric case-control study to assess this association. Cases and controls will be enrolled during a 18-month period. They will be interviewed by professional telephone interviewers about their occupational and residential history and about their domestic exposure to pesticides and other nuisances. An optional biological study to assess genetic polymorphisms known to be associated with testicular cancer will be proposed to every cases and controls. Mothers (or close relative) of cases and controls will also be contacted (with son's agreement). If they agree to participate, they will also be interviewed about antenatal and early life exposure of their sons to pesticides and other nuisances. Cases will be matched up with 2 controls (one of each group) both on age (+/- 2 years) and on recruiting center.
RATIONALE: Studying samples of blood and tissue from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that occur in DNA and identify biomarkers related to cancer. It may also help doctors find better ways to treat cancer. PURPOSE: This research trial studies samples from younger patients with malignant germ cell tumor progression.
RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy work in different ways to stop the growth of tumor cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. An autologous stem cell transplant may be able to replace blood-forming cells that were destroyed by chemotherapy. PURPOSE: This phase II trial is studying the side effects of giving high-dose chemotherapy together with stem cell transplant and to see how well it works in treating patients with metastatic germ cell tumors that have not responded to first-line therapy.
RATIONALE: Radiation therapy can cause long-term adverse effects. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be effective in lessening gastrointestinal symptoms caused by radiation therapy given for pelvic cancer. It is not yet known whether high-pressure oxygen is effective in treating adverse effects caused by radiation therapy. PURPOSE: This randomized phase III trial is studying hyperbaric oxygen therapy to see how well it works in treating long-term gastrointestinal adverse effects caused by radiation therapy in patients with pelvic cancer.
RATIONALE: Studying samples of semen from cancer survivors in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that occur in DNA and identify biomarkers related to cancer. PURPOSE: This phase I research study is looking at the presence of donor-derived DNA in semen samples form cancer survivors who underwent donor stem cell transplant.
RATIONALE: Probiotics, such as Lactobacillus, may be effective in preventing infections in patients with suppressed immune systems. PURPOSE: This phase I trial is studying the side effects and how well giving enteral nutrition, including Lactobacillus, works in preventing infections in patients undergoing donor stem cell transplant for hematologic cancer or myelodysplastic syndrome.
RATIONALE: Collecting and storing samples of blood, urine, and tissue from patients undergoing a donor stem cell transplant to test in the laboratory may help the study of graft-versus-host disease in the future. PURPOSE: This research study is collecting and storing tissue and DNA samples from patients undergoing a donor stem cell transplant.