NCI’s MyPART Program Yields a Wealth of Data on Rare Cancers
Are you researching rare tumors or rare cancers? NCI’s My Pediatric and Adult Rare Tumor Network (MyPART) program recently released a new study, and an array of data resources, that could help you in your research.
MyPART is a ground-breaking program that draws together a network of researchers, clinicians, advocates, and patients and their families. The goal is to focus research attention on solid tumors in children, teens, and young adults, as well as on tumors that aren’t common in adults.
Researchers are collecting data through natural history studies where they assess the characteristics of rare tumors and cancers and track these features over time.
MyPART includes nearly 500 study participants and a range of clinical data, such as response to treatment, and tumor pathology and imaging results. Data also include patients’ self-reports on measures of pain, depression, anxiety, mobility, and cognitive function. Biospecimen data includes next-generation sequencing, analysis of cytokine plasma, and immune cell characterization.
In the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP), you can find these MyPART resources:
- Individual-level data (for download by authorized investigators)
- Data dictionaries, variable summaries, and documents
- Public summary-level phenotype data
- Subject Sample Telemetry Report (SSTR), featuring IDs, consents, summary counts, processing status, and molecular and sequence sample uses