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Studying Blood Samples in Women With Breast Cancer or a History of Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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University of Arizona Identifier:
First received: May 9, 2009
Last updated: December 13, 2012
Last verified: December 2012

RATIONALE: Studying samples of blood in the laboratory from patients with current or previous cancer may help doctors learn more about biomarkers related to cancer.

PURPOSE: This research study is looking at blood samples in women with breast cancer or a history of breast cancer.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer Other: flow cytometry Other: immunoenzyme technique Other: laboratory biomarker analysis

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective

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Further study details as provided by University of Arizona:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Comparison of levels of peripheral blood (PB) circulating endothelial cells (CEC) and plasma angiogenic factors between patients with active, measurable breast cancer vs prior history of breast cancer with no evidence of active disease

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Correlation of CEC and plasma angiogenic factors with response to tumor to a chemotherapy regimen

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: August 2001
Study Completion Date: March 2007
Primary Completion Date: March 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:



  • To compare peripheral blood (PB) concentrations of circulating endothelial cells (CEC) in women with measurable, active breast cancer to PB concentrations of CEC in a control population of women with a history of breast cancer who are currently without evidence of active disease.


  • To compare in women with measurable breast cancer the relationship between PB concentrations of CEC prior to and at 3 and 6 weeks following initiation of a new chemotherapy or hormonal therapy, and correlate these values with clinical response to treatment to determine if CEC can be used as a tumor marker or indicator of disease burden.
  • To compare PB concentrations of CEC to levels of plasma proteins associated with angiogenesis, including vascular endothelial growth factor, in women with active or a prior history of breast cancer.

OUTLINE: Peripheral blood and plasma samples are collected for analysis of circulating endothelial cells (CEC) and angiogenic growth factor levels. Blood samples from patients initiating a new chemotherapy or hormonal therapy for breast cancer are collected at baseline and at 3 and 6 weeks following the start of treatment. CEC are quantified via flow cytometry and plasma angiogenic markers are assessed via ELISA.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 100 patients with active, measurable breast cancer and 100 patients with a prior history of breast cancer will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
women with breast cancer or a history of breast cancer


  • Meets 1 of the following criteria:

    • Receiving treatment for measurable breast cancer at the Arizona Cancer Center Clinic
    • Being followed for a prior history of breast cancer (with no evidence of active disease) at the Arizona Cancer Center
  • Hormone receptor status not specified


  • Menopausal status not specified
  • Not pregnant or nursing


  • See Disease Characteristics
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00898703

United States, Arizona
Arizona Cancer Center at University of Arizona Health Sciences Center
Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85724
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Arizona
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Principal Investigator: Alison T. Stopeck, MD University of Arizona
  More Information Identifier: NCT00898703     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000597587
P30CA023074 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: May 9, 2009
Last Updated: December 13, 2012

Keywords provided by University of Arizona:
breast cancer

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Breast Diseases
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