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Proteomic Profiling in Diagnosing Ovarian Cancer in Patients Who Are Undergoing Surgery for an Abnormal Pelvic Mass

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 April 2007 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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First received: October 12, 2005
Last updated: February 6, 2010
Last verified: April 2007

RATIONALE: Finding specific proteins in the blood may help doctors tell whether a patient has ovarian cancer.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying how well proteomic profiling works in diagnosing ovarian cancer in patients who are undergoing surgery for an abnormal pelvic mass.

Condition Intervention
Fallopian Tube Cancer Ovarian Cancer Genetic: proteomic profiling Other: surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry Procedure: biopsy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Pelvic Mass Study to Develop Serum Proteomic Profiles (SIGNATURES) for Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis and Prognosis

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Proteomic proflie (i.e. discrimination of tumor from nontumor in pelvic mass)

Estimated Enrollment: 2000
Study Start Date: October 2005
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • Generate and validate a serum proteomic profile that can predict the presence of invasive ovarian epithelial cancer using preoperative serum specimens obtained from patients undergoing surgical evaluation for an abnormal pelvic mass.


  • Generate a proteomic profile that can distinguish early- from late-stage invasive ovarian epithelial cancer using preoperative serum specimens from patients who are subsequently diagnosed with invasive ovarian epithelial cancer.


  • Determine whether serum proteomic profiling can predict the presence of postoperative residual disease in these patients.
  • Determine whether serum proteomic profiling can predict prognosis in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot, two-part, multicenter study.

  • Part A: Within 3 weeks prior to surgical evaluation, patients undergo collection of serum specimen for proteomic profiling using surface-enhanced or matrix-associated laser desorption ionization spectrometry-time of flight detection (SELDI/MALDI-TOF). Patients then undergo surgical evaluation (i.e., biopsy and/or resection) of the pelvic mass. Patients who are diagnosed with invasive ovarian epithelial adenocarcinoma or papillary serous fallopian tube carcinoma (no low malignant potential tumors) AND are without postoperative infection proceed to part B of the study.
  • Part B: Patients undergo collection of postoperative serum specimen for proteomic profiling using SELDI/MALDI-TOF within 3-8 weeks after surgery, before starting chemotherapy, and at end of chemotherapy.

After completion of study procedures, patients are followed periodically for up to 10 years.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 2,000 patients will be accrued for this study.


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


  • Abnormal pelvic mass by physical examination or imaging test

    • Undiagnosed
  • Planning to undergo surgical evaluation within the next 3 weeks


Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Negative pregnancy test



  • See Disease Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00238342

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Gynecologic Oncology Group
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Elise C. Kohn, MD NCI - Medical Oncology Branch
OverallOfficial: Samir N. Khleif, MD National Cancer Institute (NCI)
OverallOfficial: Larry J. Copeland, MD Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information Identifier: NCT00238342     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000445437
Study First Received: October 12, 2005
Last Updated: February 6, 2010

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
stage I ovarian epithelial cancer
stage II ovarian epithelial cancer
stage III ovarian epithelial cancer
stage IV ovarian epithelial cancer
fallopian tube cancer
ovarian clear cell cystadenocarcinoma
ovarian endometrioid adenocarcinoma
ovarian mucinous cystadenocarcinoma
ovarian serous cystadenocarcinoma
ovarian undifferentiated adenocarcinoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Ovarian Neoplasms
Fallopian Tube Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Ovarian Diseases
Adnexal Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Gonadal Disorders
Fallopian Tube Diseases processed this record on August 22, 2017