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Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Type of registration
Prospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Assessing the role of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning to assess early response to treatment in advanced breast cancer.
Scientific title
Early Assessment of Response to Chemotherapy/Targeted Therapy in Metastatic Breast Cancer Using Sequential 18F-FDG PET
Secondary ID [1] 281320 0
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Breast Cancer 287535 0
Condition category
Condition code
Cancer 287859 287859 0 0

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
FDG PET scan pre and post 1st cycle of chemotherapy for advanced breast cancer to assess early response. Each PET scan takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Intervention code [1] 285784 0
Diagnosis / Prognosis
Comparator / control treatment
PET scanning after 1 cycle of chemotherapy compared to conventional CT scanning after 3-4 cycles of chemotherapy.

The conventional CT scan takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and will be performed in all participants in addition to the 2 PET scans.
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 288080 0
To assess whether PET scanning after 1 cycle of chemotherapy predicts response seen on conventional CT scan restaging after 3-4 cycles of chemotherapy
Timepoint [1] 288080 0
PET scan - Pre and Post 1st cycle of chemotherapy
CT scan - After 3-4 cycles of chemotherapy
Secondary outcome [1] 299391 0
Timepoint [1] 299391 0

Key inclusion criteria
Histologically confirmed Metastatic Breast Cancer
Planned to Receive palliative chemotherapy/tumour targeted agents
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
100 Years
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Age < 18
Concurrent active cancer other than non melanotic skin cancer or locally invasive cervical cancer
Significant uncontrolled intercurrent illness

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Non-randomised trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Patients with metastatic breast cancer will be referred by their treating clinician for entry into the study to have PET scans pre and post the 1st cycle of chemotherapy/tumour targeted therapy
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis

Recruitment status
Not yet recruiting
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 286077 0
Name [1] 286077 0
Alfred Hospital
Address [1] 286077 0
55 Commercial Road Melbourne Victoria Australia 3004
Country [1] 286077 0
Primary sponsor type
Alfred Foundation
Alfred Hospital
55 Commercial Road Melbourne Victoria 3004
Secondary sponsor category [1] 284892 0
Name [1] 284892 0
Address [1] 284892 0
Country [1] 284892 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Not yet submitted
Ethics committee name [1] 288127 0
Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 288127 0
55 Commercial Road Melbourne Victoria 3004
Ethics committee country [1] 288127 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 288127 0
Approval date [1] 288127 0
Ethics approval number [1] 288127 0

Brief summary
The study is evaluating whether a diagnostic technique, known as PET scanning, can provide early assessment of response to chemotherapy/targeted therapy in patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Who is it for?
You may be eligible to join this study if you are a woman aged above 18 years who has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, for which you plan to undergo palliative chemotherapy or tumour targeted therapy.

Trial details
All participants in this trial will undergo a positron emission tomography (PET) scan pre and post their first cycle of chemotherapy/targeted therapy. A PET scan involves injection of a small amount of radioactive tracer into the bloodstream followed by scanning of the whole body in a machine that looks similar to a CT scan machine for approximately 30 minutes.

In addition, participants will undergo standard care, which involves CT scanning after 3-4 cycles of chemotherapy.

This study will help us to determine whether PET scanning can accurately assess early response after 1 cycle of chemotherapy/tumour targeted therapy for advanced breast cancer rather than after 3 or 4 cycles required with conventional CT scanning.
Trial website
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Principal investigator
Name 34772 0
Address 34772 0
Country 34772 0
Phone 34772 0
Fax 34772 0
Email 34772 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 18019 0
Dr Martin Cherk
Address 18019 0
Dept of Nuclear Medicine
Alfred Hospital
55 Commercial Road
Melbourne Victoria 3004
Country 18019 0
Phone 18019 0
+61 3 90762432
Fax 18019 0
+61 3 90762599
Email 18019 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 8947 0
Dr Martin Cherk
Address 8947 0
Dept of Nuclear Medicine
Alfred Hospital
55 Commercial Road
Melbourne Victoria 3004
Country 8947 0
Phone 8947 0
+61 3 90762432
Fax 8947 0
+61 3 90762599
Email 8947 0

No information has been provided regarding IPD availability
Summary results
No Results