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

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified September 2008 by National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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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 and the interactions between genes and the environment in patients with prostate cancer.

Condition Intervention
Prostate 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 Prostate Cancer in East Anglia, Trent and West Midlands

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Acquisition of epidemiological information and biological material [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Identification of novel cancer susceptibility genes [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Estimation of the age and sex-specific risks associated with variants in predisposition genes [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Evaluation interactions between polymorphisms in predisposition genes and potential lifestyle risk factors [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

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


  • To obtain epidemiological information and biological material on a population-based series of prostate cancer cases.
  • To identify novel cancer susceptibility genes by comparison of genotype frequencies in cases with the corresponding frequencies in large control series.
  • To estimate the age and sex-specific risks associated with variants in predisposition genes.
  • To evaluate interactions between polymorphisms in predisposition genes and potential lifestyle risk factors.

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients complete a detailed epidemiological questionnaire, including information on education, occupation, smoking habits, alcohol consumption, height, weight, family history of cancer, and past medical history.

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 prostate cancer patients recruited for this study, patients with breast, ovarian, endometrial, 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-OVARIAN, MREC-SEARCH-ENDOMETRIAL, MREC-SEARCH-COLORECTAL, and MREC-SEARCH-CANCER.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 74 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of prostate cancer within the past 5 years
  • Identified through the cancer registry serving any of the following geographic regions of the United Kingdom:

    • East Anglia
    • 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: NCT00758173

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: NCT00758173     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000589199  MREC-SEARCH-PROSTATE 
Study First Received: September 22, 2008
Last Updated: August 23, 2013
Health Authority: Unspecified

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
prostate cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Prostatic Neoplasms
Genital Diseases, Male
Genital Neoplasms, Male
Neoplasms by Site
Prostatic Diseases
Urogenital Neoplasms processed this record on May 25, 2016