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Efficacy of Endoscopy Screening on Esophageal Cancer in China (ESECC) (ESECC)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified October 2015 by Yang Ke, Peking University
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Yang Ke, Peking University Identifier:
First received: September 17, 2012
Last updated: October 19, 2015
Last verified: October 2015
To evaluate the efficacy of endoscopy screening on esophageal cancer (EC) and determine the most cost-effective strategy of endoscopy screening in high risk population of China, 668 villages of Hua county, a high risk area of esophageal cancer, were randomized into screening arm and control arm in a ratio of 1:1 and the total sample size is over 30,000 (~16,000 per group). Participants in the screening arm will accept standard endoscopy examination to detect early esophageal cancer and no screening were designed in control arm. The incidence of advanced EC and EC-specific mortality will be compared within the two groups to test the hypothesis that endoscopy screening would detect early stage cancer and the incidence of advanced stage EC and EC-specific mortality will be lower than control group. Cost-effectiveness analysis will also be conducted to find the most cost-effective strategy of endoscopy screening in rural China.

Condition Intervention
Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinomas
Procedure: Endoscopy Screening

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Screening
Official Title: Efficacy of Endoscopy Screening on Esophageal Cancer in a High Risk Region of Rural China: a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Yang Ke, Peking University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Esophageal cancer specific mortality [ Time Frame: 5-10 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Cumulative incidence of advanced esophageal cancer [ Time Frame: 5-10 years ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  • Cost of saving 1 person-year of life [ Time Frame: 5-10 years ]

Estimated Enrollment: 32000
Study Start Date: January 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2022
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control Arm
Participants in this arm will not accept the endoscopy screening and only baseline and follow-up interview will be conducted in this arm.
Experimental: Screening Arm
Participants in this arm will accept a baseline endoscopy screening and questionnaire investigation and follow-up interview. If applicable, all participants in this arm will accept a second endoscopy screening in the 5th year of the study.
Procedure: Endoscopy Screening
  1. Upper G.I. endoscopy examination with Lugols Iodine in esophagus
  2. Biopsy at the visually abnormal sites
  3. Pathologic examination of all biopsy tissue specimens
  4. Advise of regular re-examination will be given to participants who are diagnosed of moderate and severe dysplasia.
  5. Advises of endoscopic or surgical treatment will be given to participants who are diagnosed of early upper G.I. carcinomas.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 69 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. permanent residency in one of the 668 target villages which were randomly selected from 846 villages of Hua County of Anyang, China;
  2. age between 45 and 69 years;
  3. willingness to participate in this study and complete all parts of the examination.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. self-reported history of cancer, cardiovascular disease, mental disorder, or other contraindications for endoscopy;
  2. self-reported history of infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and any evidence of these infections based on serum screening;
  3. history of endoscopy examination within 5 years prior to the interview.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01688908

Contact: Hong Cai, M.D. 8610-88196762
Contact: Zhonghu He, Ph.D. 8610-88196762

Laboratory of Genetics, Beijing Cancer Hospital and Institute, Peking University Recruiting
Beijing, China, 100142
Contact: Hong Cai, M.D.    8610-88196762   
Contact: Zhonghu He, Ph.D.    8610-88196762   
Principal Investigator: Hong Cai, M.D.         
Principal Investigator: Zhonghu He, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Peking University
Principal Investigator: Yang Ke, M.D. Peking University
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Responsible Party: Yang Ke, Professor, Peking University Identifier: NCT01688908     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 201202014
Study First Received: September 17, 2012
Last Updated: October 19, 2015

Keywords provided by Yang Ke, Peking University:
Esophageal Squamous Cell carcinomas
Endoscopy Screening
High risk region

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
Esophageal Neoplasms
Neoplasms, Glandular and Epithelial
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Squamous Cell
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Digestive System Diseases
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017