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Familial Cancer Registry and DNA Bank

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2014 by National University Hospital, Singapore
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Haematology-Oncology, National University Hospital, Singapore Identifier:
First received: March 4, 2014
Last updated: March 6, 2014
Last verified: March 2014

March 4, 2014
March 6, 2014
January 2000
December 2018   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Change in genetics testing method [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
Same as current
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Familial Cancer Registry and DNA Bank
Familial Cancer Registry and DNA Bank

Clinical cancer genetics is an emerging new field in medical oncology, and has been incorporated into routine oncology practice in many leading medical institutions in North America and Europe. Cancer genetics is the study of genetic factors contributing to carcinogenesis. In the last 5-10 years, genes responsible for various well-defined hereditary cancer syndromes have been cloned. These include the BRCAJ/2 genes in hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, the A4PC gene in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, and the mismatch repair genes (hMLH1, hMSH2, hPMS1, hPMS2, hMSH6) in hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC). One of the goals of a clinical cancer genetics service is to identify families at risk for hereditary cancer syndromes, provide genetic counseling, and offer genetic testing when appropriate. The identification of causative genes in hereditary cancer syndromes together with the advent of genetic testing is starting to have an impact on clinical management. The ability to identify a gene mutation in a cancer family allows predictive testing, stratifying at-risk family members into carriers who will benefit from aggressive surveillance and/or preventive options, and non-carriers who may be spared unnecessary surveillance. Appropriate use of genetic testing will ultimately result in medical cost reduction.

The investigators hypothesize that the clinical characteristics and genetic factors contributing to hereditary cancer in the Singaporean Asian population are distinct from those described for Western patients.

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Observational [Patient Registry]
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
5 Years
Retention:   Samples With DNA
Blood for DNA banking and future genotyping Questionnaires regarding family history of cancer and personal medical history will be taken.
Probability Sample
Patients are recruited from the National University Hospital. All cancer patients seen in the Cancer Centre, NUH, are screened using a basic family history form.The family history is reviewed by the Principal Investigator with the cancer genetics counselor. Eligible patients who fulfil the eligibility criteria as described below are invited to participate. Written informed consent is obtained. Demographic characteristics and cancer history of the study subject is prospectively recorded. Participants are invited to fill out a family history questionnaire providing cancer history information on their first- and second-degree relatives. Participants are also invited to donate 10ml blood for DNA banking and future genotyping. Permission will be obtained from participants to contact family members who may be eligible to participate in the study.
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Cancer patients

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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December 2018   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Any individual with very early onset cancer (eg diagnosed before age 40).
  • Any family with three or more first- or second-degree relatives with the same cancer
  • Any individual with two or more different primary cancers
  • Any family that fulfils diagnostic criteria for known hereditary cancer syndromes

Exclusion Criteria:

Sexes Eligible for Study: All
13 Years and older   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Contact: Soo Chin Lee, MBBS, MRCP +65 6779 5555
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Haematology-Oncology, National University Hospital, Singapore
National University Hospital, Singapore
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Principal Investigator: Soo Chin Lee, MBBS, MRCP National University Hospital, Singapore
National University Hospital, Singapore
March 2014

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