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Clinical Trial to Screen Participants Who Are at High Genetic Risk for Ovarian Cancer

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2013 by Steven Skates, Massachusetts General Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Steven Skates, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 6, 2002
Last updated: June 7, 2013
Last verified: June 2013

RATIONALE: Screening tests may help doctors detect cancer cells early and plan more effective treatment for ovarian cancer.

PURPOSE: Screening trial to determine the significance of cancer antigen 125 (CA125) levels in detecting ovarian cancer in participants who have a high genetic risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Condition Intervention
Ovarian Cancer
Other: Early detection

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: Ovarian Cancer Screening Pilot Trial in High Risk Women

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Further study details as provided by Steven Skates, Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Sensitivity of early detection for ovarian cancer [ Time Frame: Up to one year since last blood test ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Specificity of early detection [ Time Frame: Up to one year from last blood test ]

Estimated Enrollment: 2430
Study Start Date: May 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Early detection Other: Early detection
CA125 is measured in blood and the longitudinal results interpreted with a statistical algorithm to determine if there has been a significant increase from baseline.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Participant meet the criteria for one of the following conditions:

    • Participant has tested positive for a mutation in the breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 (BRCA1) or breast cancer susceptibility gene 2 (BRCA2) or has a first- or second-degree relative with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation
    • At least 2 ovarian or breast cancers (including ductal carcinoma in situ) have occurred among the participant and her first- and second-degree relatives within the same lineage

      • Condition may be satisfied by multiple primary cancers in the same person
      • Where breast cancer is required to meet this criterion, at least 1 breast cancer patient must have been pre-menopausal (age 50 and under at diagnosis if age at menopause unknown)
    • Participant is of Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity and either has had breast cancer or has 1 first-degree or 2 second-degree relatives with breast cancer (including ductal carcinoma in situ) or ovarian cancer

      • Where breast cancer is required to meet this criterion, at least 1 breast cancer patient must have been pre-menopausal (age 50 and under at diagnosis if age at menopause unknown)
    • Probability of carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation exceeds 20% as calculated by BRCAPRO, given family pedigree of breast cancer (including ductal carcinoma in situ) and ovarian cancer
  • Participant must have no prior or concurrent ovarian cancer (including low malignant potential (LMP) cancers) or primary papillary serous carcinoma of the peritoneum
  • Participant must not be negative for the same BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation for which a first- or second-degree relative has tested positive
  • Participants who test negative for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation are still eligible if the pedigree or BRCAPRO criteria are satisfied, including Ashkenazi women who test negative for the three founder mutations
  • Documentation of family history is by participant's self-report
  • In relatives, ovarian cancer is defined as invasive ovarian epithelial cancers, fallopian tube cancers, or primary papillary serous carcinoma of the peritoneum
  • Germ cell or granulosa tumors or LMP ovarian cancers do not qualify
  • First- and second-degree relatives include half siblings of the participant or her first-degree relative



  • 30 and over

Performance status:

  • Not specified

Life expectancy:

  • Not specified


  • No hemophilia or other bleeding disorders
  • No serious anemia


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No emphysema


  • Not pregnant
  • Fertile patients must use effective contraception
  • No psychiatric, psychological, or other conditions that would preclude informed consent
  • No concurrent untreated malignancy except nonmelanoma skin cancer
  • No medical conditions that would preclude blood draws during study
  • No chronic infectious disease


Biologic therapy:

  • Not specified


  • At least 3 months since prior adjuvant anticancer chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy:

  • Prior or concurrent adjuvant hormonal therapies (e.g., tamoxifen, leuprolide, or goserelin) allowed
  • Concurrent hormonal therapies (e.g., tamoxifen) for prevention allowed


  • At least 3 months since prior adjuvant anticancer radiotherapy


  • At least 3 months since prior intraperitoneal surgery (laparoscopy or laparotomy)
  • No prior prophylactic oophorectomy


  • At least 5 years since prior non-hormonal treatment for metastatic malignancy
  • No concurrent participation in other ovarian cancer early detection trials
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00039559

United States, Texas
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030-4009
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Steven J. Skates, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Steven Skates, Steven Skates PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00039559     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00301743
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000069397
Study First Received: June 6, 2002
Last Updated: June 7, 2013

Keywords provided by Steven Skates, Massachusetts General Hospital:
ovarian epithelial cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ovarian Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Ovarian Diseases
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Endocrine System Diseases
Gonadal Disorders processed this record on May 25, 2017