Identifying the Role of Symptom Outcomes and Biomarkers in Survival in Patients With Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: December 5, 2008
Last updated: January 26, 2015
Last verified: January 2015
The goal of this clinical research study is to learn about symptoms related to chemotherapy and the disease, in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer. Researchers will study the possible reason for these symptoms by drawing blood samples and comparing the test results to the symptoms you experience. The study will also use a special telephone system for measuring the symptoms of participants during and after therapy. Your level of physical activity will also be studied using a pedometer and study diary.

Condition Intervention
Pancreatic Cancer
Behavioral: Questionnaires
Procedure: Blood Draws
Device: Pedometer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Feasibility Study for Identifying the Role of Symptom Outcomes and Biomarkers in Survival in Patients With Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient Reported Symptom Severity and Interference [ Time Frame: Weekly for 8 cycles of chemotherapy, followed by twice a month for 14 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Blood drawn (around 3½ tablespoons) before treatment starts to measure cytokines (biomarkers) and DNA.

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: November 2008
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Symptom Study
Questionnaires + Blood Draw + Pedometer used to learn about symptoms related to chemotherapy and the disease, in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer.
Behavioral: Questionnaires
Questionnaires including symptom review (MDSAI-GI) via personal or telephone interviews (interactive voice response telephone system - IVRS)
Other Name: survey
Procedure: Blood Draws
Blood sample (3½ tbs.)to measure levels of cytokines (biomarkers in the blood) and DNA (the genetic material in cells) before treatment starts.
Device: Pedometer
Worn daily to measure physical activity.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
The study participants will comprise 100 consecutive outpatients with metastatic disease being treated at the GI Medical Oncology clinic at M. D. Anderson.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients must have histologically or cytologically confirmed cancer of the pancreas.
  2. Patients must have inoperable locally advanced or metastatic disease.
  3. Patients could be on treatment, or being planned for chemotherapy treatment.
  4. Age 18 years of age or older
  5. ECOG performance status 0-3
  6. Ability to give consent in either English or Spanish

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Any condition (including unwillingness) that would impair the patient's ability to utilize the IVR system
  2. Any recent surgical procedures (within 14 days, excluding biopsy, port-a-cath or picc line placement)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00805688

United States, Texas
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Xin Shelley Wang, MD, MPH M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00805688     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-0582
Study First Received: December 5, 2008
Last Updated: January 26, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Pancreatic Cancer
Metastatic Disease
symptom outcomes
MDASI-GI symptom assessment
interactive voice response telephone system

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pancreatic Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Digestive System Neoplasms
Endocrine Gland Neoplasms
Endocrine System Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
Pancreatic Diseases processed this record on November 25, 2015