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Use of Hair to Diagnose Breast 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 October 2006 by Fermiscan Ltd.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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Fermiscan Ltd Identifier:
First received: October 17, 2006
Last updated: October 18, 2006
Last verified: October 2006

This study aims to perform x-ray diffraction analysis of blinded hair samples from women with a documented health status, to validate the previous findings of James et al who described that x-ray diffraction patterns of human hair can distinguish samples from healthy subjects from those of diseased subjects, specifically those suffering from breast cancer.

The primary hypothesis is that x-ray diffraction of hair can be used to distinguish hair from patients with confirmed breast cancer from subjects without detectable breast cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer Procedure: Cutting scalp hair Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: A Study to Evaluate a Test for the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer Using X-Ray Diffraction of Hair Fibres.

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Further study details as provided by Fermiscan Ltd:

Estimated Enrollment: 240
Study Start Date: October 2006

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult women (aged >20) who are undergoing mammography, and
  • Who are willing and able to provide informed consent; and
  • Who have usable scalp hair

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Women with a history of breast cancer ever or other cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer and CIN: cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia) within 5 years.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00390377

Contact: Peter W French, BSc, MSc, PhD +61292454460

Australia, New South Wales
St George Private Hospital Recruiting
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2217
Principal Investigator: Ronald Shnier, MBBS, FRACR         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fermiscan Ltd
Principal Investigator: Ronald Shnier, MBBS, FRACR Symbion Health
Study Director: Gary Corino, BSc Fermiscan Ltd
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00390377     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FT240-2006
Study First Received: October 17, 2006
Last Updated: October 18, 2006

Keywords provided by Fermiscan Ltd:
x-ray diffraction
breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on September 21, 2017