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Study of Genes and the Environment in Patients With Ovarian Cancer in the East Anglia, Oxford, Trent, or West Midlands Regions of the United Kingdom

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 September 2008 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: September 22, 2008
Last updated: August 23, 2013
Last verified: September 2008

RATIONALE: Studying samples of blood from patients with cancer in the laboratory may help doctors learn more about changes that occur in DNA and identify biomarkers related to cancer.

PURPOSE: This study is looking at genetic susceptibility for cancer and interactions between genes and the environment in patients with ovarian cancer.

Condition Intervention
Ovarian Cancer
Genetic: polymorphism analysis
Other: laboratory biomarker analysis
Other: questionnaire administration

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: A Population Based Study of Genetic Predisposition and Gene-Environment Interactions in Ovarian Cancer in East Anglia, Oxford, Trent and West Midlands

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Acquisition of epidemiological information and biological material
  • Proportion of ovarian cancer incidence attributable to mutations in known predisposing genes (e.g., BRCA1 and BRCA2)
  • Risk associated with predisposing mutations
  • Effect of nongenetic risk factors in mutation carriers
  • Pathological and clinical characteristics of ovarian cancers occurring in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers as compared with that in noncarriers
  • Exploration of mutations at other loci that may predispose to ovarian cancer

Estimated Enrollment: 2000
Study Start Date: February 2008
Detailed Description:


  • To obtain epidemiological information and biological material on a population-based series of ovarian cases.
  • To define the proportion of ovarian cancer incidence attributable to mutations in known predisposing genes (e.g., BRCA1 and BRCA2).
  • To determine the risk associated with predisposing mutations by examining the cancer risks in relatives of patients who are shown to be carriers.
  • To examine the effect of nongenetic risk factors in mutation carriers.
  • To determine the pathological and clinical characteristics of ovarian cancers occurring in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers as compared with that in noncarriers.
  • To establish whether mutations at other loci may predispose to ovarian cancer by comparing the frequency of alterations in ovarian cancer patients with that in cancer-free controls identified through the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) study.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients complete an epidemiological questionnaire. The questionnaire will request identifying information on the patient's first-degree relatives.

Blood samples are collected from patients. DNA is extracted from these blood samples and from samples collected from cancer-free control participants in MREC-SEARCH-CONTROL as well as from additional controls through the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) study (a population based study of diet and health based in Norfolk, East Anglia). DNA samples are analyzed for polymorphisms of low penetrance cancer susceptibility genes.

In addition to the ovarian cancer patients recruited for this study, patients with breast, endometrial, prostate, colorectal, bladder, kidney, pancreatic, brain and esophageal cancer, malignant melanoma, and lymphoma cancer are recruited in the following related clinical trials: MREC-SEARCH-BREAST, MREC-SEARCH-ENDOMETRIAL, MREC-SEARCH-PROSTATE, MREC-SEARCH-COLORECTAL, and MREC-SEARCH-CANCER.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 74 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of ovarian cancer within the past 5 years
  • Identified through the East Anglia, Stoke and West Midlands Cancer Registries serving any of the following geographic regions of the United Kingdom:

    • East Anglia
    • Oxford
    • Trent
    • West Midlands


  • Identified by the patient's general practitioner as fit to contact for this study
  • No serious mental illness or retardation


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00757263

United Kingdom
University of Cambridge Cancer Research UK Recruiting
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom, CB1 8RN
Contact: Contact Person    44-122-374-0166   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Cancer Research UK
Study Chair: Paul Pharoah, MD Cancer Research UK
  More Information Identifier: NCT00757263     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000598881
Study First Received: September 22, 2008
Last Updated: August 23, 2013

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
ovarian epithelial cancer
ovarian germ cell tumor
ovarian sarcoma
ovarian stromal cancer

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