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Light-Scattering Spectroscopy for Detection of Breast Cancer

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified April 2017 by University of Southern California
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Southern California Identifier:
First received: December 18, 2012
Last updated: April 11, 2017
Last verified: April 2017
This pilot clinical trial studies light-scattering spectroscopy in finding disease in patients with stage II-III breast cancer. Diagnostic procedures, such as light-scattering spectroscopy, may help find and diagnose breast cancer

Condition Intervention
Healthy, no Evidence of Disease
Stage II Breast Cancer
Stage IIIA Breast Cancer
Stage IIIB Breast Cancer
Stage IIIC Breast Cancer
Procedure: light-scattering spectroscopy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Light-Scattering Spectroscopy for the Detection of Stage II-III Breast Cancer: A Pilot Study

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by University of Southern California:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Accurate classifications of women with or without breast cancer [ Time Frame: Up to 1 year ]
    Exact binomial probabilities will be used.

  • Utility of optical markers in distinguishing cancer involved breasts from normal breasts [ Time Frame: Up to 1 year ]
    Multivariate analyses will be used.

Estimated Enrollment: 110
Actual Study Start Date: November 21, 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 21, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 21, 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Diagnostic (light-scattering spectroscopy)
Patients undergo light-scattering spectroscopy of the breast in addition to standard of care as it relates to screening for breast cancer or treatment of breast cancer.
Procedure: light-scattering spectroscopy
Undergo light-scattering spectroscopy

Detailed Description:

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. To evaluate whether light-scattering spectroscopy can reliably distinguish between two subject groups: those with clinical stage II or stage III breast cancer and those without breast cancer.

OUTLINE: Patients undergo light-scattering spectroscopy of the breast in addition to standard of care as it relates to screening for breast cancer or treatment of breast cancer.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Participants who are breast cancer free (mammogram "negative" within 1 month of testing) with the absence of clinical suspicion of breast cancer on physical exam or with clinical stage II or stage III breast cancer. PLEASE NOTE: Recruitment for this study is only limited to patients who are scheduled for a mammogram at USC. There is no compensation to participants.
  • Provision of informed consent prior to any study-related procedures

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Females with tattoos on either or both breasts
  • Females with nipple piercings on either or both breasts
  • Females with skin piercings (aka microdermal anchor surface or microdermal piercings) in either or both breasts
  • Females unable to provide informed consent
  • Females s/p treatment for breast cancer
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01755208

Contact: Pui Yan 323-865-3000

United States, California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Recruiting
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90033
Contact: Yan Pui    323-865-3000   
Principal Investigator: Jacques Van Dam         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern California
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Jacques Van Dam University of Southern California
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Southern California Identifier: NCT01755208     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1B-12-6
NCI-2012-02769 ( Registry Identifier: CTRP (Clinical Trial Reporting Program) )
Study First Received: December 18, 2012
Last Updated: April 11, 2017

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
Skin Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017