Using RTCGA package to download clinical data that are included in RTCGA.clinical package

Date of datasets release: 2015-11-01

Marcin Kosinski

2020-04-30

RTCGA package

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Data Portal provides a platform for researchers to search, download, and analyze data sets generated by TCGA. It contains clinical information, genomic characterization data, and high level sequence analysis of the tumor genomes. The key is to understand genomics to improve cancer care.

RTCGA package offers download and integration of the variety and volume of TCGA data using patient barcode key, what enables easier data possession. This may have a benefcial infuence on development of science and improvement of patients’ treatment. RTCGA is an open-source R package, available to download from Bioconductor

source("http://bioconductor.org/biocLite.R")
biocLite("RTCGA")

or from github

if (!require(devtools)) {
    install.packages("devtools")
    require(devtools)
}
biocLite("RTCGA/RTCGA")

Furthermore, RTCGA package transforms TCGA data into form which is convenient to use in R statistical package. Those data transformations can be a part of statistical analysis pipeline which can be more reproducible with RTCGA.

Use cases and examples are shown in RTCGA packages vignettes:

browseVignettes("RTCGA")

How to download clinical data to gain the same datasets as in RTCGA.clinical package?

There are many available date times of TCGA data releases. To see them all just type:

library(RTCGA)
checkTCGA('Dates')

Version 20151101.. of RTCGA.clinical package contains clinical datasets which were released 2015-11-01. They were downloaded in the following way (which is mainly copied from http://rtcga.github.io/RTCGA/:

Available cohorts

All cohort names can be checked using:

For all cohorts the following code downloads the RPPA data.

Downloading clinical files

Reading downloaded clinical dataset

Removing NA files from data2 folder

If there were not clinical data for some cohorts we should remove corresponding NA files.

Saving clinical data to RTCGA.clinical package

grep( "clinical", ls(), value = TRUE) %>%
   grep("path", x=., value = TRUE, invert = TRUE) %>%
   cat( sep="," ) #can one to it better? as from use_data documentation:
   # ...    Unquoted names of existing objects to save
   devtools::use_data(ACC.clinical,BLCA.clinical,BRCA.clinical,
                                     CESC.clinical,CHOL.clinical,COAD.clinical,
                                     COADREAD.clinical,DLBC.clinical,ESCA.clinical,
                                     FPPP.clinical,GBM.clinical,GBMLGG.clinical,
                                     HNSC.clinical,KICH.clinical,KIPAN.clinical,
                                     KIRC.clinical,KIRP.clinical,LAML.clinical,
                                     LGG.clinical,LIHC.clinical,LUAD.clinical,
                                     LUSC.clinical,MESO.clinical,OV.clinical,
                                     PAAD.clinical,PCPG.clinical,PRAD.clinical,
                                     READ.clinical,SARC.clinical,SKCM.clinical,
                                     STAD.clinical,STES.clinical,TGCT.clinical,
                                     THCA.clinical,THYM.clinical,UCEC.clinical,
                                     UCS.clinical,UVM.clinical,
                      compress="xz")