The purpose of this study is to study whether the presence of lung cancer in your body can
be detected by testing the blood, and if the results of these blood tests change as your
tumor shrinks or grows.
This is a cooperative research project involving patients on the Thoracic Oncology Service
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and the laboratory of Dr. Peter Danenberg,
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Southern California / Norris
Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, California. The primary objectives are to
measure the proportion of patients with advanced (stage III-IV) lung cancer with methylated
genes in their blood, and to determine if response to chemotherapy (complete or partial
radiologic response) in patients with advanced lung cancer renders methylated genes
undetectable in the blood. This research project will enroll approximately 80 patients per
year over 4 years to generate a sample size of approximately 320 patients.Blood will be
collected from participating patients at baseline, as close as possible to the date of their
baseline radiologic assessment. Three follow-up blood collections will be drawn, each within
7-10 days of each follow-up radiologic evaluation.
- Pathologically proven advanced (stage III-IV) lung cancer
- Measurable and/or evaluable disease
- Enrollment in an MSKCC protocol of experimental chemotherapy with radiologic response
rate as an efficacy outcome variable, or prescription of standard chemotherapy in
which the patient will be receiving routine radiological scans (every 4-8 weeks) as
standard clinical practice.
- Signed written informed consent