A study looking at cancer cells in fluid drained from the tummy (abdomen) of people with advanced abdominal cancer

Cancer type:

Stomach cancer

Status:

Results

Phase:

Pilot

This study was testing a way of finding and studying a gene that may help explain why cancer cells do not die off like normal cells.

In adults, normal cells do not grow and divide into 2 new cells very often. But cancer cells do this an unlimited number of times. This is why cancers keep on growing. Scientists had found a protein (enzyme) in cells which could help explain why cancer cells do not die off like normal cells. This enzyme is called telomerase. The gene Open a glossary item that helps to make telomerase is switched off in most normal cells, but is switched on in cancer cells.

Researchers wanted to understand more about the telomerase gene. They hoped to study cells from people with cancer who had a build up of fluid in their tummy area (abdomen). This fluid (ascites) was drained in a procedure called paracentesis Open a glossary item. Researchers wanted to see if they could find any cancer cells in this fluid. And then to find out if the gene which helps to make telomerase was switched on in any of these cancer cells. The aims of this study were to see

  • How many cancer cells could be found in ascitic fluid
  • If it was possible to find the telomerase gene in these cancer cells

Summary of results

We have contacted the trial team who tell us there are no results available from this study.

Recruitment start:

Recruitment end:

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Chief Investigator

Prof Jeff Evans

Supported by

Cancer Research UK
Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Hospital Trust
University of Glasgow

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle - 1426

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