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Clinical, Laboratory, and Epidemiologic Characterization of Individuals and Families at High Risk of Cancer

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00001163
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted : July 7, 2022
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) )

Brief Summary:

This is a clinical, epidemiologic, genetic, and laboratory study of individuals and families at high risk of cancer and selected tumors to investigate the genetic susceptibility and environmental exposures which may alter cancer risk. Families with multiple members who have an unusual pattern or number of cancers or tumors are evaluated clinically. This evaluation is specific for the type of cancer or tumor predominant in the family in order to determine the affection status of each individual for genetic epidemiologic studies. Genetic and environmental risk factor information specific for the tumor type is obtained.

Individuals with, or at high risk of, cancer because of their personal, familial, or environmental histories are identified by healthcare worker referral or by personal inquiry. Relevant etiologic risk factor information is documented through review of pathology specimens and medical, vital, and genealogical records. Selected individuals and family members are asked to complete questionnaires and to undergo clinical evaluations specific for the tumor of interest. They are also asked to donate biologic specimens to be used in the search for cancer etiology and mechanisms of carcinogenesis. No therapy beyond counseling and education for cancer prevention, risk reduction, and early detection will be given.

Genetic testing for tumor susceptibility gene(s) mutations and risk notification will be offered to study participants for whom a specific mutation predictive of disease has been identified in his/her family. This testing will only be offered when reasonable individual cancer risk estimates can be delivered, and only to those participants who choose to know their individual genetic status after appropriate education and counseling. The testing will be conducted exclusively in Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-licensed laboratories. Genetic testing and risk notification are entirely optional and do not affect participation in other aspects of the protocol. A separate consent procedure and consent form will be used for genetic testing and risk notification related to these specific genes.

Once enrolled, study participants are monitored prospectively for the development of outcomes of interest, typically by means of periodic mail or telephone contact. In selected instances, subjects may return to the Clinical Center periodically for study-specific follow-up examinations. Although we do not offer specific anti-cancer therapy as part of this protocol, we provide assistance to insure that study participants who require treatment for tumor-related problems that develop during the course of the study are referred to appropriate healthcare providers. We remain available to study participants and their healthcare providers for advice and consultation related to the management of familial cancer/tumor predisposition.

Condition or disease
Hereditary Neoplasms Cancer Genetic Predisposition to Cancer Environment

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 5201 participants
Observational Model: Family-Based
Time Perspective: Other
Official Title: Clinical, Laboratory, and Epidemiologic Characterization of Individuals and Families at High Risk of Cancer
Actual Study Start Date : April 2, 1985

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MedlinePlus related topics: Family Issues

primary clinical; volunteers come from all U.S.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Defining the natural history of familial cancers and susceptibility states over multiple generations, identifying cancer susceptibility genes, and assessing gene-environment and gene-gene interactions [ Time Frame: Ongoing ]
    New cancer development or current health status

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Primary clinical; volunteers come from all U.S.

On referral, persons of any age will be considered for the inclusion in the study because of either:

A family or personal history of neoplasia of an unusual type, pattern, or number; OR,

known or suspected factor(s) predisposing to neoplasia, either genetic and/or congenital factors (birth defects, metabolic phenotype, chromosomal anomalies or Mendelian traits associated with tumors), environmental exposure (medications, occupation, radiation, diet, infectious agents, etc.), or unusual demographic features (very young age of onset, multiple tumors, etc.).

Personal and family medical history must be verified through questionnaires, interviews, and review of pathology slides and medical records. For familial neoplasms, two or more living affected cases among family members are required. The types of familial tumors that we are currently actively accruing include:

Familial Cancers: bladder, brain, chordoma, lung, nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCC)

Familial Benign Neoplasms: meningiomas, neurofibromatosis 2 (bilateral acoustic neurofibromatosis)

The types of familial tumors under active accrual and study are predominantly investigator-and hypothesis-driven. This approach permits GEB investigators to remain alert to the opportunities afforded by clusters of rare tumors in families and individuals, and to be more responsive to the dynamic research priorities in cancer genetics.


Referred individuals and families for whom reported diagnoses cannot be verified.

Inability to provide informed consent.

Eligible for familial melanoma, lymphoproliferative, breast-ovarian cancer, or testicular cancer protocols.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00001163

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United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Sharon A Savage, M.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT00001163    
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00004007
Other Study ID Numbers: 780039
First Posted: November 4, 1999    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 7, 2022
Last Verified: May 31, 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: .Section 6.2 titled Data Sharing Plan in the protocol describes the plan for data sharing plans including human data sharing and genomic data sharing plan.@@@@@@Genotype and sequence data along with clinical phenotypes will be deposited in a genomic database in accordance with current NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy and the NIH Human Data Sharing Policy.@@@@@@The following human data generated in this research will be shared for future research as follows:@@@De-identified data in an NIH-funded or approved public repository.@@@@@@De-identified data in BTRIS (automatic for activities in the Clinical Center)@@@@@@De-identified or identified data with approved outside collaborators under appropriate agreements.@@@@@@The data will be shared at the time of publication or shortly after.@@@@@@Unlinked genomic data will be deposited in public genomic databases such as dbGaP in compliance with the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy.
Supporting Materials: Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
Informed Consent Form (ICF)
Time Frame: The data will be shared at the time of publication or shortly after.
Access Criteria: Section 6.2 titled Data Sharing Plan in the protocol describes the plan for data sharing plans including human data sharing and genomic data sharing plan.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) ):
Hereditary Neoplasms
Natural History
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Disease Susceptibility
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes