• Maurer, Harold Maurice (PI)
  • Crist, William (PI)
  • Reaman, Gregory (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


The Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study (IRS) is designed to answer important therapeutic, clinical, and laboratory research questions about rhabdomyosarcoma. The IRS has been in existence since 1972 and is a collaborative multidisciplinary study carried out by Childrens Cancer Group (CCG) and the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG). Eligible patients in CCG and POG institutions are registered on the IRS protocols. There have been four major protocol studies: IRS-I(1972- 78), IRS-II(1978-84), IRS-III(l984-l99l), and IRS-IV(199l-__), plus intervening pilot studyprotocols. The fourth protocol, IRS-IV, began in October 1991. Between 686 and 1062 eligible patients have been entered on each full study (IRS-I, -II, -III). Each protocol beginning with IRS-II, developed as an outgrowth of the preceding study. The results of IRS-I, -II, -III have shed light on various surgical, radiotherapeutic and chemotherapeutic aspects of treatment in relation to disease stage, primary tumor site, tumor histology and patterns of disease spread. Patient survival and complete remission (CR) duration have increased progressively and significantly from IRS-I to -II to - III with incremental intensification of therapy to defined risk groups. At 3 years, the overall survival rate of 73% in IRS-III is superior to IRS-II, 67% and IRS-I, 60% p
Effective start/end date1/1/792/28/03


  • National Institutes of Health: $514,732.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $1,204,125.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $210,606.00


  • Medicine(all)


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