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Hepatocellular carcinoma Early Detection Strategy study

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Biomarkers that pass the test on the HCC Phase 2 Validation Set will be included in the Phase 3 study. These makers, along with DCP, will not be measured in real time, but will be assayed retrospectively in a blinded fashion either from samples collected from the entire prospective cohort or from a nested case-control sample embedded in the whole cohort.
Proteomics
Glycomics
G.I. and Other Associated Cancers Research Group
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Part 1: The first part of this study is to conduct follow-up for patients that were enrolled in the EDRN Phase 2 Validation Study called DCP (13). For this part of the study, four groups are defined as follows: a)   Vanguard Controls are cirrhotic controls, from the Phase 2 trial that have not developed HCC and sign a new consent form for HEDS participation. These patients will be followed for a minimum of an additional 24 months and have biospecimens collected every 6 months. b)   Vanguard Interval Controls are cirrhotic controls, from the Phase 2 trial that have not developed HCC and do not sign a new consent form for HEDS participation. This group will have outcome data abstracted from their medical records. c)   Vanguard Interval Cases are cirrhotic controls from the Phase 2 trial that developed HCC after completion of the Phase 2 trial but prior to the current study. This group will have outcome data abstracted from their medical records. d)   Vanguard Cases are HCC cases from the Phase 2 trial. This group will have outcome data abstracted from their medical records. Part 2: New Controls - The second part of this study is the new accrual of cirrhotic controls at the seven participating sites. These patients will be followed for a minimum of 24 months and have biospecimens collected every 6 months. Data will be collected every 6 months: ultrasound, AFP, liver function tests, complete blood counts, MELD scores and any changes in medical history, personal cancer history and family cancer history.

The Specific Aims of the HEDS study are: Aim 1:   (a) To determine the incidence rate and the performance of ultrasound, and the biomarkers, alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), AFP-L3%, and des-gamma carboxy-prothrombin (DCP), in detecting preclinical hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). (b) To evaluate the performance of novel biomarkers for the detection of preclinical HCC. Aim 2:   To determine the cost-effectiveness of surveillance strategies for HCC. Aim 3:   To determine the performance of biomarkers in the prognosis of patients with HCC. Aim 4:   To establish a biorepository of longitudinally collected biospecimens from this cohort of cirrhotic patients. These biospecimens will form a reference set to be used for future EDRN biomarker validation research.
TBD

There are currently no biomarkers annotated for this protocol.

No datasets are currently associated with this protocol.


New Funding Opportunity: Biomarker Development Laboratories for the Early Detection Network: Applications Due May 23

Update: Pre-application webinar information now available.

The National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention has released a new funding opportunity to solicit organ-specific applications for Biomarker Developmental Laboratories (BDLs), one of the four scientific units of the recently funded Early Detection Research Network (EDRN). The EDRN is a national infrastructure funded to discover, develop, and validate biomarkers for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of early cancer. BDLs are responsible for the discovery, development, characterization, and testing of new, or the refinement of existing, biomarkers and biomarker assays for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of cancers.

The existing BDLs are primarily focused on ovary and gastrointestinal cancers. The proposed BDLs (to be supported under this funding opportunity) should be focused on one or more of the following cancers: breast, prostate and other genitourinary organs, or lung. In addition, cancers with rapidly rising incidence rates, e.g., endometrial, hepatocellular, kidney, thyroid, oropharyngeal cancers, and/or cancers with unique etiology, e.g., mesothelioma, will be considered.

The newly funded units of the Early Detection Research Network will be announced later in April. Successful applicants have already been notified. Those researchers who were not successful during the last round of applications are encouraged to apply to this opportunity.