Screening Platform for Clinical Trials in Advanced Colorectal Cancer (SPECTAcolor)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified August 2015 by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC
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First received: November 5, 2012
Last updated: August 11, 2015
Last verified: August 2015

The EORTC GastroIntestinal Tract Cancer Group and the EORTC HeadQuarters wish to set up a European screening platform for advanced colo-rectal cancer (CRC) patients. The goal of this screening platform is to provide quick access to new drugs to patients by offering a new structure for clinical trials.

Currently some of the most challenging clinical questions arise from the molecular sub-division of CRC that would theoretically allow to inhibit the specific, altered pathways in the patients.

A major problem for trials in this "personalized medicine" is that the low frequency of the different mutations requires a high effort for screening and identifying the patients.

The EORTC CRC screening platform will hopefully offer a feasible and efficient way to characterize the patients on the molecular basis of their tumors and allow to offer them rapid and preferential participation in clinical studies with new drugs targeted to their specific pathway alterations.

Condition Intervention
Colorectal Cancer
Advanced Colorectal Cancer
Genetic: Tumour markers testing

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Screening Platform of the EORTC for Clinical Trials in Advanced Colorectal Cancer "SPECTAcolor"

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Tumour markers assessment [ Time Frame: Within 1 week after patient registration ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Five basic tumour markers will be tested: Kras, nras, braf, MSI and PKI3

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
FFPE blocks of tumour tissue

Estimated Enrollment: 2600
Study Start Date: September 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Colo-rectal cancer
Tumour markers testing in patients with advanced or metastatic colo-rectal cancer
Genetic: Tumour markers testing
Tumour markers testing in patients advanced or metastatic colo-rectal cancer.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with advanced or metastatic colo-rectal cancer

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Colo-rectal cancer (advanced or metastatic)
  • Before patient registration, written informed consent must be given according to ICH/GCP, and national/local regulations.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Absence of patient's consent
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01723969

Contact: Aline Gheeraert, MSc

Universitaetsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus Recruiting
Dresden, Germany, DE 01307
Principal Investigator: Gunnar Folprecht, Pr.         
Universitaetsklinikum Leipzig Recruiting
Leipzig, Germany, DE 04205
Principal Investigator: Florian Lordick, Pr.         
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen - Klinikum der Universitaet Muenchen - Campus Grosshadern Recruiting
Muenchen, Germany, DE 81377
Sub-Investigator: Dominik Modest, Dr         
Principal Investigator: Volker Heinemann, Pr         
Kliniken Oldenburg Recruiting
Oldenburg, Germany, DE 26133
Principal Investigator: Claus-Henning Koehne, Pr         
Hospital General Vall D'Hebron Recruiting
Barcelona, Spain, ES 08035
Principal Investigator: Josep Tabernero, Pr         
Institut Catala d'Oncologia - ICO L'Hospitalet - Hospital Duran i Reynals Recruiting
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain, ES 08907
Principal Investigator: Ramon Salazar, Pr         
Hopital Cantonal Universitaire de Geneva Recruiting
Geneva, Switzerland, CH-1211
Contact: Arnaud Roth    022-372-77-43      
Principal Investigator: Arnaud Roth, Pr.         
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois Recruiting
Lausanne, Switzerland, CH-1011
Contact: Contact Person    41-21-314-1111      
Principal Investigator: Anna Dorothea Wagner, Dr         
Sponsors and Collaborators
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC
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Study Chair: Gunnar Folprecht, MD Universitaetsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden, DE
Study Chair: Sabine Tejpar, MD, PhD U.Z. Leuven - Campus Gasthuisberg, Leuven, BE
Study Chair: Daniela Aust, MD Universitaetsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus, Dresden, DE
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer - EORTC Identifier: NCT01723969     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: EORTC-40CRC, 2012-003714-14
Study First Received: November 5, 2012
Last Updated: August 11, 2015
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Colonic Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Digestive System Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Intestinal Diseases
Intestinal Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Rectal Diseases processed this record on November 27, 2015