NIH Clinical Center Search the Studies: Study Number, Study Title

Protocol Details

A Multi-Institutional Study of Proteomic Evaluation of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer, Primary Peritoneal Cancer, and Fallopian Tube Cancer Patients in First Clinical Remission: Development of a Protein Fingerprint Profile of Relapse

This study is NOT currently recruiting participants.

Summary | Eligibility | Citations | Contacts




Sponsoring Institute

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Completed Study; data analyses ongoing
Gender: Female
Min Age: 18 Years
Max Age: N/A

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)



Natural History

Recruitment Keyword(s)

Epithelial Ovarian Cancer;
Peritoneal Cancer;
Fallopian Tube Cancer


Fallopian Tube Cancer;
Peritoneal Neoplasms;
Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)




Supporting Site

National Cancer Institute

This study will develop a blood test that can be used to predict a relapse of ovarian, peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer. The type of testing is called proteomics, or the study of proteins in living cells. The test will identify certain proteins that might represent a pattern, or "fingerprint," indicating increased risk of disease relapse.

Women with Stage III or IV epithelial ovarian cancer, primary peritoneal cancer, or fallopian tube cancer that is in remission may be eligible for this study. Candidates are screened with a medical history and physical examination, blood tests, review of pathology report from surgery, and computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the abdomen and pelvis (and chest if the cancer spread to the chest).

Participants have a clinic visit every 3 months for a physical examination (including a pelvic examination), blood draw for routine and research tests, and review of how they have been feeling. Every 6 months they have CT scans of the abdomen, pelvis, and possibly the chest. When a patient has been in remission for 4 years, blood draws are done every 6 months and CT scans are done yearly. Patients whose cancer returns (based on a CA-125 blood test, CT scans, or physical examination) end their participation in the study. Patients with an abnormal CT scan or physical examination may be asked to undergo a tumor biopsy (surgical removal of a piece of tumor tissue) for research purposes.

--Back to Top--



2.1.1<TAB>All patients in first complete response from treatment of FIGO stage III/IV primary peritoneal, fallopian tube, or epithelial ovarian carcinoma as defined by: normal CA-125, normal post-hysterectomy physical exam, no evidence of disease on abdominopelvic CT scan (or other noninvasive reassessment, e.g. MRI). PET scans are not acceptable for confirmation of complete response.

2.1.2<TAB>Pathology of the primary tumor must be confirmed by the registering center prior to protocol entry.

2.1.3<TAB>Entry within 9 weeks of completion of final cycle of chemotherapy (within 12 weeks of last administration of chemotherapy).

2.1.4<TAB>S/P surgical debulking and completion of primary therapy with platinum/taxane -containing chemotherapy of no more than 8 total cycles.

2.1.5<TAB>Patients who undergo second look laparotomy or laparoscopy and have microscopic residual disease but who elect not to have treatment will be eligible to enroll.

2.1.6<TAB>Histology slides adequate to confirm the pathology and staging must be submitted to the coordinating center within 3 months of enrollment. (If available, a sample of frozen primary tumor should also be forwarded).

2.1.7<TAB>Patients must be able and willing to provide informed consent to participate in the trial.

2.1.8<TAB>Patients must have laboratory evidence of good end organ function by criteria in Table 1 below. The upper limit of normal is based upon each registering center's laboratory normal ranges.

Laboratory based inclusion criteria:

Laboratory Test: AST(SGOT) and ALT(SGPT)

Required value: less than or equal to 2.5 times the institutional upper limit of normal creatinine


Laboratory Test: Creatinine

Required value: Less than or equal to 2.0

Laboratory Test: Creatinine clearance

Required Value: Greater than or equal to 45 mL/min/1.73 m(2) for patients with creatinine levels above institutional normal.


2.2.1<TAB>Patients with nonepithelial ovarian cancer, mixed epithelial/nonepithelial ovarian cancer (i.e., Mixed Malignant Mullerian Tumors), or tumors of low malignant potential. Patients with stage I or II epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer.

2.2.2<TAB>Patients may not be receiving chemotherapy (therapeutic or consolidation), maintenance, alternative therapy, or radiation therapy. No anti-cancer therapy of any kind is allowed while the patient is on-study. Replacement hormonal therapy is allowed but must be clearly indicated on the case report forms submitted. Hormonal anti-cancer therapies such as tamoxifen and raloxifene will not be permitted while on study.

2.2.3<TAB>Patients with a life expectancy of less than 6 months for any reason.

2.2.4 <TAB>Patients with a history of other invasive malignancies within the past five years prior to enrollment except for curatively treated carcinoma in situ of the cervix, ductal or lobular carcinoma in situ of the breast, concomitant stage I endometrial cancer, or basal or squamous cell skin cancers.

2.2.5 <TAB>Complementary and alternative agent use is discouraged on this study due to the possibility that the use of these agents may alter the serum protein pattern. The Institutional Principal Investigator will have discretion as to whether complementary or alternative agent usage will prevent eligibility on a case by case basis.

--Back to Top--


Patsner B, et al. Does serum CA-125 level prior to second-look laparotomy for invasive ovarian adenocarcinoma predict size of residual disease? Gynecol Oncol. 1990 Sep;38(3):373-6.

Petricoin EF, et al. Use of proteomic patterns in serum to identify ovarian cancer. Lancet. 2002 Feb 16;359(9306):572-7

Jemal A, et al.; American Cancer Society. Cancer statistics, 2004. CA Cancer J Clin. 2004 Jan-Feb;54(1):8-29.

--Back to Top--


Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Elise C. Kohn, M.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
(240) 276-7163

Mira Pavelova, R.N.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 2B46
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(240) 858-3241

NCI Referral Office
National Institute of Health Clinical Center (CC), 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, United States: NCI Clinical Trials Referral Office

Clinical Trials Number:


--Back to Top--