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Study of Hair Samples From Patients With Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) Identifier:
First received: May 9, 2009
Last updated: March 14, 2012
Last verified: March 2012

RATIONALE: Studying samples of hair in the laboratory from patients with cancer may help doctors identify biomarkers related to cancer and predict how well patients will respond to treatment.

PURPOSE: This laboratory study is looking at hair samples from patients with cancer.

Condition Intervention
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Genetic: protein expression analysis

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Detection and Quantification of Changes in Levels of Protein Expression and Phosphorylation Status Using Human Hair Samples

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Obtain data on the detection and quantification of changes in levels of protein expression and phosphorylation status using human hair samples at baseline and after completion of study

Estimated Enrollment: 190
Study Start Date: March 2005
Study Completion Date: October 2008
Detailed Description:


  • Determine whether layered membrane technology can quantitatively measure the expression, activity, and localization of cell growth control and signaling proteins in hair samples from patients with cancer.
  • Correlate changes in protein expression with expected changes based on planned therapy in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot, multicenter study.

Hair samples are obtained from patients at baseline and at the end of study. The samples are assayed for proteins and phosphorylation status using layered membrane technology. Proteins analyzed may include vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR), Erk1/2, Akt, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and c-KIT.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 190 patients will be accrued for this study within 3 years.


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


  • Diagnosis of malignancy
  • Undergoing treatment at the National Cancer Institute's Clinical Center
  • Must have scalp hair



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


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Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


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Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00899691

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Steven K. Libutti, MD NCI - Surgery Branch
  More Information Identifier: NCT00899691     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 040138
Study First Received: May 9, 2009
Last Updated: March 14, 2012

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific processed this record on September 21, 2017