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Laparoscopic Ultrasound in Diagnosing Patients With Pancreatic Cancer

This study has been terminated.
(Insufficient Accrual)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Southern California Identifier:
First received: November 1, 1999
Last updated: May 20, 2014
Last verified: May 2014

RATIONALE: New diagnostic procedures, such as laparoscopic ultrasound, may improve the ability to detect pancreatic cancer and determine the extent of disease.

PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of laparoscopic ultrasound in diagnosing patients with stage I or stage II pancreatic cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Pancreatic Cancer
Procedure: laparoscopy
Procedure: ultrasound imaging
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Minimal Access Surgery for Pancreas Cancer: A Phase II Trial Study I: Staging of Pancreas Cancer

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Further study details as provided by University of Southern California:

Enrollment: 28
Study Start Date: September 1996
Study Completion Date: July 2000
Primary Completion Date: July 2000 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine whether a comprehensive laparoscopic examination of the abdomen with laparoscopic ultrasonography improves staging of pancreatic cancer with respect to (a) better assessment (compared to CT) of the extent of localized extra pancreatic disease, (b) vascular invasion, (c) regional lymph node involvement, and (d) metastatic deposits in liver parenchyma. II. Assess whether one of the newer minimally invasive imaging techniques, laparoscopic ultrasonography, predicts vascular invasion in pancreatic cancer. III. Develop an optimal cost effective strategy for assessing resectability in pancreatic cancer.

OUTLINE: Patients who have undergone routine clinical staging (CT scan, angiogram, etc.) and who have been classified as potentially resectable undergo laparoscopy and laparoscopic ultrasound (L+LUS). At the end of the L+LUS, based on the new findings patients are reclassified as either potentially resectable or potentially unresectable. All patient then undergo definitive staging: those who have metastasis to the liver that can be pathologically confirmed by biopsy at the time of the laparoscopy are classified as unresectable and do not undergo laparotomy; all others undergo laparotomy and then are classified as resectable or unresectable. If 8 or more patients are misclassified at the time of the L+LUS, then this study is terminated.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: There will be 50 patients accrued into this study with 25 patients in each stage. In order to accrue 50 patients, approximately 70 patients will undergo the initial routine clinical staging (CT scan, angiogram, etc.).


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Histological or radiological evidence of stage I or II pancreatic cancer No evidence of metastatic disease on CT scan

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: Over 18 Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Life expectancy: Not specified Hematopoietic: Not specified Hepatic: Not specified Renal: Not specified Cardiovascular: No prohibitive anesthetic risk due to cardiac disease Pulmonary: No prohibitive anesthetic risk due to respiratory disease

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Not specified Chemotherapy: Not specified Endocrine therapy: Not specified Radiotherapy: Not specified Surgery: No adhesions from previous surgery that preclude laparoscopy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00003085

United States, California
USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90033-0800
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Dilip Parekh, MD University of Southern California
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Southern California Identifier: NCT00003085     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000065784 (3P-94-1A)
Study First Received: November 1, 1999
Last Updated: May 20, 2014

Keywords provided by University of Southern California:
stage I pancreatic cancer
stage II pancreatic cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Pancreatic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017