PLA for HCC and Esophageal ca Serum
Hepatocellular Carcinoma - Esophageal Cancer
Conditions: official terms
Carcinoma, Hepatocellular - Esophageal Neoplasms
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective
Overall Status
The primary goal of this study is to quantify the biomarkers of pre-radiation therapy(RT), during-RT, and post-RT serum samples from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and esophageal cancer patients undergoing definitive or neoadjuvant RT, and to correlate them with tumor response, patterns of failure, survival outcome, and RT-related lung or liver toxicity. The secondary goal of this study is to set up the PLA platform in our institute for future biomarker test.
Detailed Description
There have been many biomarkers, such as angiogenesis factors and cytokines, related to cancer progression or microenvironment interaction. However, the commonly used enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) requires the certain volume of each sample for specific antigen or antibody. It may not be practically efficient to test a broad spectrum of biomarkers with limited volumes of serum from cancer patients. Proximity ligation assay (PLA), an established concept and platform requiring very little sample volume to quantitatively detect a variety of biomarkers, is being developed with multiplex versions of improved sensitivity and dynamic range by the Stanford group. From the three completed trials ("In vivo/vitro radiation-induced liver disease in HBV carrier(9261700196)", "Bystander effect study of radiation-induced viral hepatitis B reactivation(9261700196)", and "Pre- and post-chemoradiation blood RNA-microarray analysis to predict response and outcome of locally advanced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma(200805061R)") and one ongoing trial ("A phase I dose escalation trial of conformal hypofractionated radiation therapy for patients with hepatitis B virus-related Child A cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma(200906051R)"), we have collected the pre-treatment and post-treatment serum samples of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma undergoing definitive radiotherapy and patients with esophageal cancer undergoing neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. Altered patterns of failure for post-radiotherapy hepatocellular carcinoma, especially intrahepatic and extrahepatic metastasis, and treatment response for post-chemoradiotherapy esophageal cancer upon esophagectomy, demands the effective biomarkers for the early prediction and appropriate management. The limited sample volumes form the obstacle of testing adequate number of biomarkers by ELISA. In this study we plan to collaborate with the Stanford group, to send and process these samples (100 μL each) to measure the dynamic changes of up to 56 or more biomarkers. We try to find the potential biomarkers correlating with treatment responses and patterns of failure for the future clinical practice, and wish to set up this viable PLA platform in our institute through this collaboration.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: 90 Years
Minimum Age: 20 Years
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- Clinical diagnosis of locally advanced esophageal cancer or Hepatocellular Carcinoma, RT is indicated

- Informed consent signed

Exclusion Criteria:

- not completed RT
National Taiwan University Hospital
Taipei, Taiwan
Status: Recruiting
Contact: Jason Chia-Hsien Cheng, MD, PhD - 886-23123456 -
Start Date
August 2011
Completion Date
December 2014
National Taiwan University Hospital
National Taiwan University Hospital
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