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Study of Hair Samples From Patients With Cancer

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00899691
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 12, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 15, 2012
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Studying samples of hair in the laboratory from patients with cancer may help doctors identify biomarkers related to cancer and predict how well patients will respond to treatment.

PURPOSE: This laboratory study is looking at hair samples from patients with cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Unspecified Adult Solid Tumor, Protocol Specific Genetic: protein expression analysis

Detailed Description:


  • Determine whether layered membrane technology can quantitatively measure the expression, activity, and localization of cell growth control and signaling proteins in hair samples from patients with cancer.
  • Correlate changes in protein expression with expected changes based on planned therapy in these patients.

OUTLINE: This is a pilot, multicenter study.

Hair samples are obtained from patients at baseline and at the end of study. The samples are assayed for proteins and phosphorylation status using layered membrane technology. Proteins analyzed may include vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR), Erk1/2, Akt, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and c-KIT.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 190 patients will be accrued for this study within 3 years.

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 190 participants
Official Title: Detection and Quantification of Changes in Levels of Protein Expression and Phosphorylation Status Using Human Hair Samples
Study Start Date : March 2005
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2008

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Obtain data on the detection and quantification of changes in levels of protein expression and phosphorylation status using human hair samples at baseline and after completion of study

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Diagnosis of malignancy
  • Undergoing treatment at the National Cancer Institute's Clinical Center
  • Must have scalp hair



  • 18 and over

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


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Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


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Endocrine therapy

  • Not specified


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  • Not specified

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00899691

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Principal Investigator: Steven K. Libutti, MD NCI - Surgery Branch
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00899691    
Other Study ID Numbers: 040138
First Posted: May 12, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 15, 2012
Last Verified: March 2012
Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific