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Quality of Life in Patients Undergoing Embolization Using Yttrium Y 90 Glass Microspheres for Primary or Metastatic Liver Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Northwestern University Identifier:
First received: August 20, 2008
Last updated: October 14, 2015
Last verified: October 2015

RATIONALE: Learning about quality of life in patients with cancer undergoing embolization may help doctors learn about the side effects of treatment and plan the best treatment.

PURPOSE: This clinical trial is studying quality of life in patients undergoing embolization using yttrium Y 90 glass microspheres for primary or metastatic liver cancer.

Liver Cancer
Metastatic Cancer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Quality of Life Study for Patients With Primary or Metastatic Liver Cancer Who Are Treated With Radioembolization (Y90 Microspheres) or Transcatheter Arterial Embolization (TACE)

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Further study details as provided by Northwestern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of life of all patients over the course of treatment [ Time Frame: Before treatment, 2 weeks post, and 1 month post ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Quality of life differences between treatment groups [ Time Frame: Before treatment, 2 weeks post, and 1 month post ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 74
Study Start Date: April 2008
Study Completion Date: May 2010
Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Y90 Group
Patients receiving treatment with radioembolization.
TACE Group
Patients receiving treatment with transcatheter arterial embolization
RFA Group
Patients receiving treatment with radiofrequency ablation.

Detailed Description:



  • Assess the quality of life (QOL) as defined by the presence or absence of physical, social, emotional, and functional distress in patients with primary or metastatic liver cancer undergoing treatment with radioembolization or transcatheter arterial embolization.
  • Compare the time course of QOL measures between treatment groups in patients treated with these regimens.
  • Compare the time course of QOL measures between patient subgroups defined by pre-treatment quality of life or tumor burden.

OUTLINE: Patients complete FACT-Hep version 4 surveys on quality of life prior to initiation of embolization, and at 2 weeks and 1 month after completion of embolization.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with a diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma being treated with either TACE, RFA, or Y90.


  • Diagnosis of primary hepatocellular cancer or metastatic liver cancer
  • Planning radioembolization or transcatheter arterial embolization using yttrium Y 90 glass microspheres
  • No encephalopathy


  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • Bilirubin ≤ 3 mg/dL
  • Able to comply with study procedures


  • No prior treatment with radioembolization or transcatheter arterial embolization
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00739167

United States, Illinois
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611-3013
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Peggy Gilbertsen, RN, BS Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Northwestern University Identifier: NCT00739167     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NU 07Q1  P30CA060553  NU-07Q1  NU-IRB-STU00002799 
Study First Received: August 20, 2008
Last Updated: October 14, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Northwestern University:
adult primary hepatocellular carcinoma
advanced adult primary liver cancer
liver metastases
recurrent adult primary liver cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Liver Neoplasms
Neoplasm Metastasis
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Liver Diseases
Neoplastic Processes
Pathologic Processes processed this record on October 25, 2016