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Assessing the Clinical Effectiveness of Serum Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of Metastatic Uveal Melanoma (UM)

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Verified September 2011 by Hadassah Medical Organization
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First received: September 15, 2011
Last updated: September 27, 2011
Last verified: September 2011

Uveal melanoma is the most common primary intraocular tumor in adults. The local treatment is effective, but patients still die of metastatic disease. It has been shown that early diagnosis of a few isolated metastases can result in a clean surgical excision of the metastases and an extension of the expected survival from 7-12 months to over 10 years on some patients.

Many serum biomarkers are employed in Oncology. It makes sense to try the relevant ones in the diagnosis of metastatic uveal melanoma.

The investigators hypothesis is that a soluble serum biomarker level changes upon development of metastatic disease either by secretion by the tumor cells themselves or by their environment. Detection of changes in biomarker level may lead to the diagnosis of metastases before they can be detected by imaging modalities, thus allowing for early treatment of the metastases and a better chance of success.

Uveal Melanoma

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Assessing the Clinical Effectiveness of Serum Biomarkers in the Diagnosis of Metastatic Uveal Melanoma

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Significant increase in biomarker level that could be linked with detection of metastases by imaging [ Time Frame: up to 12 months before diagnosis of metastases ]
    Serum will be taken on every clinic visit from the day of diagnosis and on. Change in biomarker level will be assessed from one visit to the previous one, and correlated with imaging information on detection of metastases.

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA
sera from patients

Estimated Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: September 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2040
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2040 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
A cohort of all the patients.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
All patients diagnosed with uveal melanoma being treated at our center

Inclusion Criteria:

  • diagnosis of uveal melanoma

Exclusion Criteria:

  • refusal to participate in the study
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01438658

Contact: Shahar Frenkel, MD, PhD +972-2-6776579

Specialized Ocular Oncology Service, Hadassah-Hebrew-University Medical Center Recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel, 91120
Contact: Shahar Frenkel, MD, PhD    +972-2-6776579   
Principal Investigator: Shahar Frenkel, MD,PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hadassah Medical Organization
Principal Investigator: Shahar Frenkel, MD, PhD Hadassah Medical Organization
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Responsible Party: Hadassah Medical Organization Identifier: NCT01438658     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 001-HMO-CTIL
Study First Received: September 15, 2011
Last Updated: September 27, 2011

Keywords provided by Hadassah Medical Organization:
uveal melanoma
metastatic uveal melanoma

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Uveal Neoplasms
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Neuroectodermal Tumors
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Neoplasms, Nerve Tissue
Nevi and Melanomas
Eye Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Eye Diseases
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