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The purpose of this study is to identify circulating tumor cells in patients with solid tumors. Quantify and characterize these cells, collect patient information in regards to the patient's cancer. Develop a database and a sample repository where future analysis could be done.
Condition or disease
Solid Tumor, Adult
The primary purpose of this correlative study is to create a prospective database documenting the quantity and characterization of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in solid tumor patients as identified by a various laboratory techniques and analyses. The investigators are developing this resource to provide data to achieve the following objectives: 1) correlate CTCs with known prognostic factors, 2) correlate CTCs with burden of disease, 3) evaluate the ability of CTCs to be used in the surveillance of disease recurrence, and 4) evaluate CTCs ability to be used as a biomarker for treatment response.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Patients with cancerous solid tumors
Age ≥ 18 years of age
Biopsy proven solid tumor malignancy
Seen at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital and Health Care System
Consents to abstraction of their medical records
Signed an institutional review board (IRB)-approved informed consent document for this protocol
< 18 years of age
Dementia, altered mental status, incarceration or any psychiatric condition that would prohibit the understanding or rendering of informed consent.