The TCGA Renal Phenotype Research Group is part of the CIP TCGA Radiology Initiative. This activity is currently in the early stage of development. Multiple modalities of images which correlate to the kidney renal clear cell carcinoma (KIRC) data in the TCGA Data Portal are currently being gathered for submission to TCIA. In the mean time the group is beginning preliminary discussions around research methods and goals.
For kidney cancer, TCGA will create a reference genome, against which new patients will be compared, for both clear cell and papillary cancer types. The initial objectives of TCGA for kidney cancer are, according to the NIH:
- Identify unique patterns of genomic changes that divide clear cell and papillary carcinoma tumors into subgroups
- Identify genomic differences that distinguish tumors across gender, race or ethnicity
- Determine if specific patterns of genomic changes are connected to tumor recurrence after therapy
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