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Preliminary Study of Endometrial Hyperplasia Groundwork for a Study to Define Precursors of Endometrial Cancer

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) ) Identifier:
First received: June 19, 2006
Last updated: April 21, 2017
Last verified: March 29, 2017

This study, conducted jointly by the National Cancer Institute and the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research Northwest (KPCHRN) in Portland, Oregon, will lay the groundwork for a future study to identify precursors of endometrial cancer; that is, conditions that precede development of cancer of the lining of the uterus. The diagnosis of endometrial hyperplasia (a condition of abnormal proliferation of endometrial tissue) includes most precursors of endometrial cancer, as well as many benign conditions. Currently, three methods of classifying endometrial cancer precursors have been suggested based on endometrial hyperplasia findings, but it is not known which classification best predicts cancer risk.

This study will examine surgical specimens of hyperplasia and cancer from women diagnosed with endometrial cancer at least 2 years after a diagnosis of endometrial hyperplasia. Investigators will estimate the percentage of cases with different degrees of hyperplasia, and assess the subsequent cancers that developed. This will allow them to rank hyperplasia lesions according to cancer risk and identify lesions that represent the most immediate cancer precursors. They will also review patients medical charts for information related to cancer risk and treatment.

Study participants will include women enrolled in the KPCHRN who are 40 years of age or older and who were diagnosed with endometrial cancer at least 2 years after being diagnosed with endometrial hyperplasia.

Endometrial Hyperplasia
Endometrial Cancer
Postmenopausal Bleeding
Vaginal Bleeding

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Preliminary Study of Endometrial Hyperplasia: Groundwork for a Study to Define an Optimal Classification of Endometrial Carcinoma Precursors

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 2000
Study Start Date: November 22, 2002
Detailed Description:

Three systems have been proposed to classify endometrial carcinoma precursors, but it is currently unclear which system best predicts cancer risk and is most reproducible. The optimal surrogate endpoint for endometrial carcinoma is therefore unknown. The pathologic diagnosis of endometrial hyperplasia (EH) includes most suspected immediate precursors and many mild, highly reversible proliferations. We propose an exploratory study to assess the feasibility of investigating EH as a source of an endometrial carcinoma surrogate endpoint.

We are conducting a nested case-control study within a large, population-based health care plan. We will identify cases, defined as women who were diagnosed with EH at least one year before being diagnosed with endometrial carcinoma or severe atypical hyperplasia at hysterectomy, through a computerized search of plan databases. We will retrieve the slides from the matching biopsy and hysterectomy on which carcinoma was diagnosed. Women ages 40 or older who were plan members and received a biopsy or curettage diagnosis of EH between 1970 and 2002 will be eligible to be a case.

We will perform an initial histologic review of cases index biopsy slides to assess two types of misclassification known to affect the diagnosis of EH: a) false-negative endometrial carcinoma (i.e., prevalent carcinoma t the time of EH diagnosis) and b) false-positive EH (i.e., a benign, non-hyperplastic lesion). From cases physical records and linked computer records, we will collect data on histopathologic classification of EH lesions and subsequent carcinomas; descriptive data (e.g., patient weight, parity, and menopausal status); and a summary of relevant treatments and follow-up procedures (e.g., hormone therapy or additional clinical procedures).

We will select controls, defined as women who were diagnosed with EH but then did not develop endometrial carcinoma or undergo hysterectomy for a follow-up interval that is equivalent to the follow-up interval of the cases. Controls will be individually matched to cases on age at EH diagnosis, date of EH diagnosis, and duration of follow-up, and also counter-matched based on the original EH diagnosis. After selecting 3 controls per case, we will assemble the same data from controls: histologic review of original slides, descriptive data from medical records databases, and treatment and follow-up procedure data from linked databases.

These data will then be used to estimate the cancer risk associated with specific EH classifications, identify other patient or clinical factors that might modify those risks, explore predictors of EH, and explore molecular factors that might influence the probability of developing carcinoma after a diagnosis of EH.


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 120 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

All women who were members of the KPNW health plan between 1970 and 2003 who were at risk of developing endometrial carcinoma will be eligible.


Women will be considered ineligible if they had substantial gaps in KPNW coverage during the years between the index biopsy and diagnosis date (cases) or censoring date (controls).

NCI and KPNW will review otherwise eligible women who have coverage gaps to identify substantial gaps and determine eligibility on an individual basis.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00339651

United States, Oregon
Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Hillsboro, Oregon, United States, 97124
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Nicolas Wentzensen, M.D. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  More Information

Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT00339651     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 999903053
Study First Received: June 19, 2006
Last Updated: April 21, 2017

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Endometrial Cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Endometrial Neoplasms
Endometrial Hyperplasia
Uterine Hemorrhage
Pathologic Processes
Uterine Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Uterine Diseases
Genital Diseases, Female processed this record on April 26, 2017