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PET-CT in the Management of Patients With Stage III or IV Metastatic Melanoma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: January 13, 2009
Last updated: March 26, 2012
Last verified: March 2012
The goal of this clinical research study is to learn how often using a positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scan in addition to a standard computed tomography (CT) scan will change the surgical plan in patients with metastatic melanoma.

Condition Intervention
Melanoma Procedure: PET-CT Scan

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: PET-CT in the Management of Patients With Stage III Or IV Metastatic Melanoma Considered Candidates for Surgery: Evaluation of Additive Value Following Conventional Imaging

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Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percent of patients in whom a change in surgical plan occurred based on PET-CT result [ Time Frame: Evaluation following PET-CT performed within 30 days of contrast-enhanced CT. ]

Enrollment: 38
Study Start Date: January 2009
Study Completion Date: March 2012
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
PET-CT Scan Procedure: PET-CT Scan
Positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT) scan performed within 30 days of contrast-enhanced CT.
Other Name: PET-CT

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Individuals over 18 years of age with metastatic melanoma (melanoma that has spread to other parts of the body) and are considered a candidate for surgery based on a contrast-enhanced computer tomography (CT) scan.

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. AJCC Stage III melanoma with clinically evident (macroscopic) disease, either by physical examination or on conventional imaging, or AJCC stage IV melanoma with metastatic site(s) considered surgically resectable. The initial decision regarding surgical candidacy should be made by surgical oncologist. Patients with indeterminate CT findings that are larger than 1 cm outside of the field of the potential surgery will be also included.
  2. Contrast- enhanced CT of chest, abdomen and pelvis performed either at MDACC or outside of the institution should indicate surgical candidacy. Outside CT imaging studies should be of acceptable quality, as determined by the evaluating radiologist. PET-CT per protocol must be performed within 30 days from the contrast-enhanced CT.
  3. 3. Age >/= 18. All minor patients will be excluded to avoid excessive radiation dose. There is data suggesting small but statistically significant increased risk for secondary malignancy due to the cumulative dose of radiation exposure associated with diagnostic imaging. Children are most sensitive to radiation long term adverse effects. Therefore current pilot study will accrue adults only. If the result of this study will indicate potential advantage of PET-CT, this data can be weighted against radiation exposure risks to decide upon imaging strategies in pediatric patients with melanoma.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Regional disease limited to an involved sentinel lymph node (occult or microscopic regional nodal metastasis).
  2. Availability of prior PET-CT, performed within 60 days of initial clinical appointment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00828126

United States, Texas
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Yulia Bronstein, MD UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00828126     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2008-0478
Study First Received: January 13, 2009
Last Updated: March 26, 2012

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:
Metastatic Melanoma
AJCC Stage III Melanoma
AJCC stage IV Melanoma
Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography
Contrast-enhanced Computed Tomography Scan
Conventional Imaging
False Positive Rate

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas processed this record on August 22, 2017