Tissue Collection for Patients with Cancers other than Hepatobilairy Cancers with Metastasis to the Liver


About this study

The goal of this study is to develop a resource (bank) of biospecimens (blood, tissue) from patients having cancers that metastasis to the liver. The purpose of the resource bank is to facilitate studies on the pathogenesis of cancers metastasizing to the liver and also in order to assess the ability of new tests to detect early cancer in the cohort of patients undergoing routine surveillance for cancer. The biospecimens will include cultures of tumor cells and tumor-associated non-malignant cells, as well as xenografts established from freshly isolated metastatic cancers in immunodeficient mice. We plan to administer a risk factor questionnaire to facilitate identification of risk factors for development of metastatic liver cancer. The study will also  determine survival of patients from time of diagnosis.


Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion criteria:

  • 18 years and older
  • Diagnosed with cancer
  • Consent to undergo percutaneous ultrasound or CT guided biopsies and allow us to obtain additional biopsy cores of tissue for research purposes only.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Does not have cancer diagnosis
  • Medical contraindication to percutaneous ultrasound or CT guided biopsies

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Lewis Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Nasra Giama D.N.P., R.N.



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