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RATIONALE: Hormone therapy may prevent the development of endometrial carcinogenesis (cancer) in women with a genetic risk for hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer. It is not yet known which hormone therapy regimen is more effective in preventing endometrial cancer.
PURPOSE: Randomized phase II trial to compare two different hormone therapy regimens in preventing endometrial cancer in women who have a genetic risk for hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer.
- Compare the effect of medroxyprogesterone vs ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel on potential surrogate endpoint biomarkers relevant to endometrial carcinogenesis in women with a known hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC)-associated gene mutation or HNPCC-associated cancer(s).
- Compare the 3-month changes in histology and ultrasound appearance of the endometrium in patients treated with these preventive regimens.
OUTLINE: This is a randomized, multicenter study. Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 arms.
All patients undergo a baseline transvaginal ultrasound and endometrial biopsy.
- Arm I: Patients receive medroxyprogesterone intramuscularly once on day 1. Approximately 90 days after the injection, patients undergo a repeat transvaginal ultrasound and endometrial biopsy.
- Arm II: Patients receive oral contraceptive pills (OCP) comprising ethinyl estradiol and norgestrel once daily on days 1-21. Treatment repeats every 28 days for 3-4 courses (3-4 packs of OCP) in the absence of unacceptable toxicity. Approximately 1 week after starting the fourth pack of OCP, patients undergo a repeat transvaginal ultrasound and endometrial biopsy.
Patients are followed at 6 weeks and are encouraged to return in 6 months to participate in continued endometrial screening.
PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 44 patients (22 per arm) will be accrued for this study.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Primary Purpose: Prevention
ethinyl estradiol, medroxyprogesterone, norgestrel
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:56:13-0400
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