Diagnostic Study to Predict the Risk of Developing Metastatic Cancer in Patients With Stage I or Stage II Melanoma

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: November 12, 2002
Last updated: September 27, 2013
Last verified: September 2013

RATIONALE: Diagnostic procedures that analyze surgically-removed tumor tissue and lymph node samples may help doctors identify patients with melanoma who are at risk for developing metastatic cancer.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying tumor tissue and lymph node samples to see how well they work in predicting the development of metastatic cancer in patients with stage I or stage II melanoma.

Condition Intervention
Melanoma (Skin)
Genetic: comparative genomic hybridization
Genetic: cytogenetic analysis
Genetic: fluorescence in situ hybridization
Other: immunohistochemistry staining method

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Prospective Study of Melastatin Expression in Predicting the Risk for Developing Local Regional Metastases of Primary Melanoma

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Correlation of melastatin expression and involvement of local regional lymph nodes by pathology prospectively [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Relapse-free survival based on visits to medical doctor every 4 months [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 314
Study Start Date: September 2002
Study Completion Date: October 2009
Primary Completion Date: March 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Correlate degree of melastatin gene expression with risk of developing local regional metastases in patients with primary stage I or II melanoma.
  • Correlate melastatin expression prospectively with event-free survival of these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Melastatin mRNA expression is determined by in situ hybridization using tissue from primary tumor and lymph nodes. Tissue is also examined by immunohistochemical staining using antibodies to S-100 and MART-1. Patients do not receive the results of these tests nor do the results influence individual therapy.

Patients are followed every 4 months for 3.5 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 300 patients will be accrued for this study within 3.5 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Histologically confirmed primary stage I or II melanoma
  • Must be planning to undergo a sentinel lymph node biopsy or an elective lymph node dissection of an anatomic draining region from the index primary melanoma within 45 days
  • The following tissue blocks must be available:

    • Primary tumor tissue taken from region of greatest Breslow thickness
    • One of each sentinel node or one representative block from each lymph node obtained at elective lymph node dissection or therapeutic lymphadenectomy



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No other active malignancy except basal cell skin cancer, carcinoma in situ of the cervix, or history of any other primary malignancy, including primary melanoma


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified

Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • See Disease Characteristics
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00049010

  Show 27 Study Locations
Sponsors and Collaborators
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: F. Stephen Hodi, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  More Information

Responsible Party: Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00049010     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000257230  U10CA031946  CALGB-500105 
Study First Received: November 12, 2002
Last Updated: September 27, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology:
stage I melanoma
stage II melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Nevi and Melanomas

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on May 26, 2016