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Prevention of Breast Cancer: As Simple as hCG-A Randomized Clinical Trial in High Risk Women

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 December 2008 by New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
New York Presbyterian Hospital Identifier:
First received: December 13, 2008
Last updated: December 15, 2008
Last verified: December 2008

The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether hCG will result in a decrease in breast density.

High breast density has been associated with an increased risk in breast cancer. It has also been shown that decreasing density with a drug called tamoxifen has resulted in a decreased risk in breast cancer. The investigators are looking at the effect of hCG on breast density in people who are at increased risk of developing breast cancer and our theory postulates that through the hormonal actions of hCG and tamoxifen there would be a greater reduction in breast density in patients who are treated with hCG and tamoxifen versus patients treated with tamoxifen alone. Using this data the investigators will be able to hypothesize that the treatment of hCG will result in a reduction in breast cancer rates in the population and thus make available another drug which can be used to decrease the rates of breast cancer in the population

Condition Intervention Phase
Breast Cancer Drug: hCG Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Prevention of Breast Cancer: As Simple as hCG-A Randomized Clinical Trial in High Risk Women.

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Further study details as provided by New York Presbyterian Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The investigators will be looking at the mammographic breast density at the start of the trial and then every 6 months for 2 years. The treatment arm will have 30 injections of Hcg over a 60 day period. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluation of breast cytology and serum hormone levels at 6 monthly intervals over the course of the study. [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Estimated Enrollment: 84
Study Start Date: December 2008
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: hCG
Patients at high risk for breast cancer will be treated with hCG
Drug: hCG
recombinant hCG subcutaneous injections x 30 doses every other day lasting 60 days total.
Other Name: Ovidril
No Intervention: routine care
Patients receiving routine care will be followed
Drug: hCG
recombinant hCG subcutaneous injections x 30 doses every other day lasting 60 days total.
Other Name: Ovidril

Detailed Description:

Pregnancy has been associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer. This has been reproduced in multiple studies and has been seen in multiple races.

People have been evaluating different hormones and practices associated with pregnancy to determine what factors reduce the risk of developing breast cancer in these patients. These pronounced findings have been evaluated in great detail by multiple scientists and one of the hormones which we think might be associated with a reduction in breast cancer is hCG. This statement has been backed by multiple studies which have looked at the direct effect of hCG on the growth and death of breast cancer cells in the lab and in animal models of breast cancer.

We want to determine if hCG is given to patients who are at increased risk of breast cancer will result in an accentuated decrease in breast cancer risk above and beyond the effect received by conventional breast cancer reducing protocols. Our final outcome in this study will be breast density on mammographic evaluation which is considered a marker for breast cancer. So our study will evaluate whether or not hCG will have an effect on the mammographic breast density.

After recruitment there will be two groups in our study an intervention group and non intervention group. In the intervention group patients would undergo a period of hCG injections which would last a total of 60 days and consist of 30 subcutaneous injections. The non intervention group will continue their conventional chemoprevention medication. Both groups will be followed for teo years and the images, cytology and blood samples will be sent to our labs for evaluation.


Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • On tamoxifen therapy for the treatment or prevention of breast cancer.
  • Must have at least one remaining breast.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or nursing.
  • No history of allergic reactions to hCG.
  • Patients who have had bilateral mastectomies.
  • Uncontrolled thyroid disease.
  • Cognitively impaired and unable to consent for the trial.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00808522

United States, New York
New York Downtown Hospital Recruiting
New York, New York, United States, 10038
Contact: Giuseppe Del Priore, MD, MPH    212-312-5268   
Sub-Investigator: Alan S Klapper, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Steven Freidman, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Joseph Bottino, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Raffi Chalian, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
New York Presbyterian Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Giuseppe Del Priore, New Downtown Hospital Identifier: NCT00808522     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: GD-10-08
Study First Received: December 13, 2008
Last Updated: December 15, 2008

Keywords provided by New York Presbyterian Hospital:
Breast Cancer
Breast density

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
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