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For our study on the early detection of ovarian cancer, we are seeking women with newly diagnosed or recurrent biopsy-confirmed ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or primary peritoneal cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area to breathe through a special tube prior to beginning treatment. We also need women with endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome to give breath samples.
Ovarian Cancer Early Diagnosis Project
A collaboration with Professor Touradj Solouki, PhD, of Baylor University
We invite you to be a research volunteer, to help in the discovery of a new non-invasive test for ovarian cancer. If you are a woman who either:
» Has newly diagnosed or recurrent biopsy-confirmed ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, or primary peritoneal cancer, and has not yet begun treatment, or…
» Has been previously treated and now have a rising CA-125 but has not yet resumed treatment…
We would like to obtain samples of your exhaled breath. We will analyze those breath samples for substances called biomarkers that may be useful in diagnosing these medical problems.
120 women are needed to participate in this research trial.
Our primary goal is to analyze samples of exhaled breath for molecules that could identify ovarian cancer. We will collect samples of exhaled breath using a simple noninvasive device. Those exhaled breath samples will be analyzed using both a chemical method called GC/MS and a biological method (professionally trained dogs). Note: You will not be “sniffed” by the dogs directly. They will be sniffing the breath sample you provide, at a different location.
You may have heard of our prior work using dogs to detect lung and breast cancer, broadcast on CNN and the Discovery Channel.
Our team will be the first to use analysis of exhaled breath to research the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. We expect that this work will lead to progress in the way epithelial ovarian cancer is detected and diagnosed
It is simple and it is easy to participate. We ask only that you visit our research office, to breathe into our simple, safe, and non-invasive collection device. We will also ask you to have your doctor send us some of your medical records.
The study will last two years, and will involve up to 4 visits to San Anselmo, California. A travel stipend of up to $25 per visit will be provided if requested.
To learn more about this clinical research study, please contact us.
This research is sponsored by the Congressionally Mandated Medical Research Program. This study is being conducted by the Pine Street Foundation in collaboration with the University of Maine and UCSF. Our research is governed by strict ethical guidelines as set forth by our Institutional Review Board.
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