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Prognosis and Survival Estimates in Palliative Therapy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf Identifier:
First received: March 27, 2009
Last updated: August 22, 2016
Last verified: August 2016
The accuracy of clinical survival estimates is tested in comparison to objective prognostic scores.

Condition Intervention
Cancer Other: no specific interventions

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Prognosis in Palliative Therapy - a Prospective Study on Survival Prognostication in Advanced Stage Cancer Patients

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Further study details as provided by Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Survival [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 612
Study Start Date: April 2008
Study Completion Date: August 2016
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Palliative Therapy
Patients referred to the oncology / radiation oncology departments for palliative therapy.
Other: no specific interventions
There are no specific interventions in this observational study

Detailed Description:
  • At presentation a clinical survival estimate is obtained in each patient.
  • Survival is also estimated using published prognostic scores in palliative care.
  • Prognostic scores based on blood samples, general symptoms, complaints, and performance status are calculated and validated, respectively
  • Each patient completes questionnaires on psychological distress
  • Survival estimates are limited to 6 months.
  • Each patient is followed for at least 6 months.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Consecutive unselected cancer patients referred for palliative treatment to one of the participating institutions.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • oncologic disease confirmed
  • incurable locally advanced or metastatic disease
  • palliative treatment intended
  • age > 18
  • able to understand the study protocol
  • able to complete the forms with assistance if necessary

Exclusion Criteria:

  • therapy with curative intent
  • regular clinical follow-up visit without disease progression
  • ongoing therapy
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00871520

University Hospital Duesseldorf, Radiation Oncology Dept.
Duesseldorf, NRW, Germany, 40225
Sana Kliniken Duesseldorf Benrath
Duesseldorf, NRW, Germany, 40593
Sana Kliniken Duesseldorf Gerresheim, MVZ Onkologie
Duesseldorf, NRW, Germany, 40625
Sponsors and Collaborators
Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf
Principal Investigator: Stephan Gripp, Dr. Universtity Hospital Duesseldorf, Radiation Oncology Department
  More Information

Responsible Party: Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf Identifier: NCT00871520     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro-08
Study First Received: March 27, 2009
Last Updated: August 22, 2016

Keywords provided by Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf:
Palliative Care
Predictive Value of Tests
Prospective Studies
Survival Analysis
Survival prediction processed this record on August 18, 2017