Participate in Carcinosarcoma Research!
The Gynecologic Carcinosarcoma Project (GCSProject.org) is funding groundbreaking carcinosarcoma research. This pioneering research is being conducted at the Birrer Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center in Boston with researchers from MGH, Harvard and the Broad Institute. More information on the research team is available here.
The GCS Project team recently visited the lab and met with the scientists to obtain an update on the research. The interviews are being posted on our blog, please read them here.
Research is Progressing
Fresh or Frozen Tissue Samples Needed
We are happy to report that the research is entering a new level and, as a result, the research team is in need of fresh or frozen carcinosarcoma tumor tissue specimens. Here is where you can make a major impact in this research for a cure!
The research team has obtained many “fixed” tumor samples from women all over the world, but it is lacking fresh or frozen specimens needed to conduct specific advanced testing. “Fixed” tumor specimens are those that have been preserved in the pathology lab right after a biopsy or surgery. If you had surgery or a biopsy, your tumor tissue most likely was sent to the pathology lab where it was “fixed” with a preservative. This is not always the case, but this is usually what happens.
The Carcinosarcoma Research Team now needs FRESH or FROZEN tumor specimens (specimens that have not been fixed). If you would like to donate fresh or frozen tumor tissue to the research project, here is how to do it:
- If you are scheduled for any of the following:
- Biopsy or surgery for a newly diagnosed gynecological carcinosarcoma (GCS or MMMT of the ovary, uterus, fallopian tube, etc.)
- Biopsy or surgery of metastatic GCS/MMMT disease
- Biopsy or surgery for a recurrence of GCS/MMMT
Ask your surgeon to have some fresh (if you are in the Boston area) or frozen tissue sent to the Birrer Lab. Information on where to have it sent is below.
Fresh or frozen tumor specimens should be sent to:
Surg/Onc GRJ 910
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit St.,
Boston MA 02114