Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Overview

Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials

Molecular correlates of sensitivity and resistance to therapy in prostate cancer (UW6932)
Molecular correlates of sensitivity and resistance to therapy in prostate cancer
Status Conditions Phase Study ID
Recruiting Metastatic Prostate Cancer NA UW-6932

This is a correlative tissue protocol to collect primary and metastatic prostate cancer specimens in order to discover new biomarkers, potential drug targets, study androgen axis signaling, and evaluate resistance developing in response to systemic therapy. Analysis of acquired specimens will provide the basis for the development of improved systemic therapy for prostate cancer patients. The mechanisms for conversion of treatment-sensitive to treatment-resistant prostate cancer are poorly understood. An improved understanding of the mechanisms of resistance to drugs targeting prostate cancer will allow design and testing of new therapeutic agents. With the advent of genomics and proteomics, which enable experiments to be conducted in parallel and on a large scale, one approach to identifying targets in cancer is to compare a statistically significant number of healthy tissues samples with cancerous tissue samples, and measure differences in DNA sequence patterns, gene expression patterns including microRNAs/noncoding RNA, patterns in protein levels or differences in metabolic products. Once individual or sets of differences have been established, the next challenge is to determine which differences are normal variations in pattern; which changes are causing the cancer cell to divide or survive in an unchecked manner; and which are repercussions of the causative change. Hypotheses for "lead targets" are arrived at through statistical analyses and validation experiments in both test tubes and in animal models of disease. These experiments are costly and intensive undertakings, but have generated an enormous amount of useful information and improved the investigators' collective understanding of how tumors develop, grow and survive.

Robert Montgomery, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance 800-804-8824  
Eligibility Criteria (must meet the following to participate in this study)
Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

>/=18 years of age, local (prostate or prostate bed) recurrent CRPC or metastatic disease to soft tissue or bone at sites accessible to biopsy with minimal risk of complications, Platelet count >50,000; WBC >1,500, Hgb >8.0, INR<1.5; PTT<45

One of the following:

Metastatic castration sensitive prostate cancer Castration resistant prostate cancer as defined by serum testosterone < 50 ng/ml

and one of the following:

PSA level of at least 2 ng/ml that has risen on at least 2 successive occasions at least 1 week apart.

Evaluable disease progression by modified RECIST

Progression of metastatic bone disease on bone scan with > 2 new lesions

Last Updated
February 02, 2011
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