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FNA Tumor Sampling for CD137 Modulation: A Pilot Study

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Verified August 2015 by Stanford University
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First received: April 23, 2010
Last updated: August 5, 2015
Last verified: August 2015
The purpose of this study is to better understand the biology of the body's immune response to monoclonal antibody therapy for cancer. Your health information will be used to identify your tissues. The tissue we obtain may be useful for research or education, resulting in new drugs, therapies or diagnostic procedures.

Condition Intervention
Head and Neck Cancer Breast Cancer Head and Neck Cancers Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Colorectal Adenocarcinoma Procedure: FNA Biopsy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: FNA Tumor Sampling for CD137 Modulation: A Pilot Study

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Further study details as provided by Stanford University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • evaluation of change in CD137 positive NK cells in blood & tumors in response to therapeutic moAbs [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluation of activation status of CD137 positive NK cells [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
peripheral blood, fine needle aspiration biopsy

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: March 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies
Fine needle aspiration biopsies (FNA) will be performed prior to and 0 to 336 hours after the therapeutic monoclonal antibody infusion.
Procedure: FNA Biopsy


Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients at Stanford Cancer Center with lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, HER2+ breast adenocarcinoma, colorectal adenocarcinoma, or other solid tumor.

ALL Patients:

  1. Patient must have a lymphoma, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, HER2+ breast adenocarcinoma, colorectal adenocarcinoma, or other solid tumor.
  2. Patients must not have received any immunosuppressive or anti cancer agent within 2 weeks prior to the first planned FNA biopsy.
  3. The patient's therapeutic plan must include a standard therapeutic monoclonal antibody (such as rituximab, cetuximab/panitumumab or trastuzumab) or an investigational monoclonal antibody) to be administered on a schedule such that a FNA biopsy can be done within one week prior, and/or peripheral blood drawn immediately prior to the first dose of the therapeutic mAb and immediately to 24-336 hours post dose. Patients not receiving any other anti- cancer or immunosuppressive (steroids) modality within that time frame are preferred, though use of such agents does not exclude them from the study.
  4. Patients not receiving any immunosuppressive or anti-cancer agent within 2 weeks prior to the first planned FNA biopsy are preferred.
  5. Informed consent must occur and be documented per institutional rules prior to the first planned FNA biopsy and blood draw.

Patients Providing an FNA in addition to Blood Samples: Criteria applicable to FNA, and not required for patients providing PBMCs without FNA. Patients without tumors amenable to FNA will be candidates for blood sampling only.

If patients do not meet inclusion criteria, then they will be excluded from participating in this study.

  1. Patients must have a normal WBC and platelet count, must have no evidence of coagulopathy and must not have received irreversible platelet inhibitors (aspirin) for 2 weeks and reversible platelet inhibitors (other NSAIDS) for one week prior to the initial FNA biopsy.
  2. Patients may not be taking therapeutic anticoagulation (target INR of >=2) (warfarin or heparin).
  3. Patients must have tumor masses amenable to minimally invasive fine needle aspiration by direct visualization and/ or palpation of the tumor. Generally this will be a biopsy of the primary tumor site or superficial regional lymph nodes.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01114256

United States, California
Stanford University School of Medicine Recruiting
Stanford, California, United States, 94305
Contact: Risa Jiron    650-736-1598   
Contact: Cancer Clinical Trials Office    (650) 498-7061      
Principal Investigator: Dimitrios Colevas         
Sub-Investigator: Holbrook Kohrt         
Sub-Investigator: Ron Levy         
Sub-Investigator: Christina Kong         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Dr. A. Dimitrios Colevas Stanford University
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Responsible Party: Stanford University Identifier: NCT01114256     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VAR0053
SU-04072010-5602 ( Other Identifier: Stanford University )
Study First Received: April 23, 2010
Last Updated: August 5, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Neoplasms by Site processed this record on June 23, 2017