"I was delighted to take part in a clinical trial as it has the potential to really help others in the future.”
A study looking at tissue and body fluid samples to help improve diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
This study is looking at substances called metabolites that may one day help doctors diagnose, monitor and treat ovarian cancer more easily.
More about this trial
This study is looking at a technique called metabonomics, which may be able to help with this. Metabonomics looks at the substances used or produced by any set of chemical reactions in the body. The substances produced are called ‘metabolites’.
Researchers will study tissue and body fluid samples of women with and without ovarian cancer. They will look at the outline of metabolites they produce (their ‘metabolic profile’). They will find metabolites linked to borderline cancers, non cancerous (benign) growths and invasive cancer of the ovary.
They hope that in future they will be able to identify metabolite changes in people having tests or treatment for these cancers. As a result, they hope to be able to diagnose earlier, monitor the disease and work out if it is likely to come back, or not respond well to a particular treatment.
You will not have any direct benefit from taking part in this study, and it is unlikely to change your treatment plan in any way. But the results of the study will be used to help people with cancer in the future.
Who can enter
This study will recruit 1,000 people. Everyone taking part will give permission for the research team to study blood, body fluid and tissue samples. The number and type of samples they take depends on your situation.
If you are waiting for surgery to look into a condition affecting your ovaries you will give
- Permission for the study team to use some of the tissue removed during your surgery
- An extra blood sample (between 4 to 8 teaspoons)
- A urine sample
If you have cancer of the ovary, you will give
- Permission for the study team to use some of the tissue removed during any surgery you have had, or may have
- Extra blood samples (between 4 to 8 teaspoons), and a urine sample before each cycle of chemotherapy and if your cancer comes back
- A sample of any fluid that builds up in your abdomen (ascites)
Everyone will also give the team permission to use information from your medical notes that may help with this study. The team will keep your personal details confidential, and no one will be able to link the results to you.
As you will give your study samples when you are at the hospital for your planned tests or treatment, you do not have to make extra visits to take part in this study.
As there are no treatments for this study, there are no side effects. You may have a small bruise where you gave your blood sample.
How to join a clinical trial
Professor Hani Gabra
Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC)
Imperial College London
Ovarian Cancer Action