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Follow-Up of Bladder Cancer Patients From the New England Study of Environment and Health

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00776178
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 21, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2020
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) )

Brief Summary:

Background:

  • Bladder cancer often recurs after treatment and patient survival varies greatly.
  • More knowledge is needed about factors that can help identify patients who are at greater risk of disease recurrence and progression to minimize the need for screening and to help guide treatment.
  • The New England Study of Environment and Health (NESEH), conducted by the departments of health in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the Dartmouth Medical School and the NIH, examined the relationship between health and environmental factors such as smoking, diet and water quality in New England. This study provides an opportunity to learn more about patients with bladder cancer.
  • Before launching a full-scale follow-up study on bladder cancer, it is necessary to determine the feasibility of obtaining needed follow-up information from patients enrolled in the NESEH.

Objectives:

-To determine the completeness and quality of information about treatment, recurrence, and progression that can be obtained for patients from their medical records.

Eligibility:

-Participants from the NESEH study who are residents of Maine and who were diagnosed with bladder cancer between 2001 and 2003.

Design:

  • Determine the vital status of NESEH bladder cancer patients.
  • Select a sample of 40 living and 18 deceased patients.
  • Interview patients or their next of kin by telephone for about 30 to 45 minutes to update exposure information, obtain names and addresses of all hospitals and physicians they have seen since diagnosis, and obtain authorization to access medical records.
  • Obtain and abstract medical records.

Condition or disease
Bladder Cancer

Detailed Description:

Background:

  • Bladder cancer is a highly recurrent disease with substantial variability in survival.
  • Patients currently undergo repeated cystoscopy for many years after diagnosis.
  • There is a need to identify prognostic markers of recurrence and progression to minimize the need for routine screening and to identify patients who should be treated more aggressively.
  • The New England Study of Environment and Health (NESEH), a population-based case control study of 1,213 patients in Maine (ME), Vermont (VT), and New Hampshire (NH), provides an excellent opportunity study the clinical, host-genetic, and environmental determinants of prognosis.
  • Before launching a full-scale follow-up study, we need to determine the feasibility of following a population-based case series and of obtaining patient-related (vital status, exposures) and tumor-related (recurrence, progression, pathology) information.

Objectives:

To determine:

  • The completeness and quality of information that can be obtained for each patient. The most important issue is the extent to which medical records from private physicians will be needed, and whether private physicians are cooperative.
  • Our ability to identify next-of-kin (NOK) of deceased patients.
  • The proportion of patients (and NOK) that we can contact and enroll.
  • The ability of NOK to provide information on exposures.

Eligibility:

-Bladder cancer patients from ME who participated in the original case-control study (ages 30-79, newly diagnosed with histologically-confirmed carcinoma of the bladder, including carcinoma in situ), excluding those diagnosed after 2003 (5 years of follow-up are needed).

Design:

  • Conduct interviews with 40 living patients and the NOK of 9 deceased patients to update exposure information and find out where the patient received health care, the types of treatment received, and whether and when the disease recurred or progressed.
  • For living patients or NOK that we are unable to locate (an estimated 10 living patients and 9 NOK), request medical records from health care providers (to see if physicians will provide records in the absence of an authorization form).
  • Evaluate participant and physician response rates and the completeness of the medical history information obtained.
  • We will proceed with the full study if we obtain sufficient medical information for 70% of the living patients.
  • We will examine whether there were important issues related to deceased patients (e.g., NOK identification/enrollment, exposure assessment, access to medical records). If so, consider a simpler approach for this segment of the population (e.g., survival study based on NDI Plus and information available from the NESEH).

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 68 participants
Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Feasibility Study: Follow-Up of Bladder Cancer Patients From the New England Study of Environment and Health
Study Start Date : October 17, 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 31, 2020
Actual Study Completion Date : March 31, 2020

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MedlinePlus related topics: Bladder Cancer




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. There is no intervention. We are looking at survival. [ Time Frame: September 30, 2015 ]
    Overall Survival



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Ages Eligible for Study:   30 Years to 79 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
The New England Study of Environment and Health (NESEH), a population-based case control study of 1,213 patients in Maine (ME), Vermont (VT), and New Hampshire (NH), provides an excellent opportunity study the clinical, host-genetic, and environmental determinants of prognosis. Bladder cancer patients from ME who participated in the original case-control study (ages 30-79, newly diagnosed with histologically-confirmed carcinoma of the bladder, including carcinoma in situ), excluding those diagnosed after 2003 (5 years of follow-up are needed).
Criteria
  • INCLUSION CRITERIA:

With the exceptions noted below, all bladder cancer patients who participated in the NESEH and were residents of ME when first diagnosed with bladder cancer will be eligible for this feasibility study. Patients were eligible for the NESEH if they met the following criteria:

  • 30-79 years old at initial diagnosis
  • Newly diagnosed with histologically-confirmed carcinoma of the urinary bladder (including carcinoma in situ) between September 1, 2001 and October 31, 2004

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

We will exclude from the feasibility study the following NESEH case participants:

  • 44 bladder cancer patients (7 percent) first diagnosed at one of seven hospitals located in remote areas of ME (Aroostook Medical Center, Calais Regional Hospital, Cary Medical Center, Down East Community Hospital, Houlton Regional Hospital, Northern Maine Medical Center, and Mount Desert Hospital); this is for cost considerations;
  • Patients diagnosed fewer than 5 years before the feasibility study begins (i.e., after 2003)

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00776178


Locations
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United States, Maryland
National Cancer Institute (NCI), 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Stella Koutros National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Publications:
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Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00776178    
Other Study ID Numbers: 999909007
09-C-N007
First Posted: October 21, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2020
Last Verified: April 2020
Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Cancer Institute (NCI) ):
Survival Study
Bladder Cancer
Cancer Recurrence
Tumor Markers/Heterogeneity
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Urinary Bladder Neoplasms
Urologic Neoplasms
Urogenital Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Neoplasms
Urinary Bladder Diseases
Urologic Diseases