A Study of Experimental PET Scan for Renal Cell Carcinoma (kidney cancer)

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Age: 21 to 80 years old
Healthy Volunteers: No
Keywords: kidney cancer, metastatic kidney cancer, cancer imaging, PET scan, renal cell carcinoma, metastatic renal cell carcinoma
Type: Diagnostic Test study
20 Participants
The current treatment for kidney cancer only benefits some patients. It can be costly and toxic. To check if treatment is working, doctors use computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This imaging is done approximately two months after cancer treatment. In some cases where treatment is not working, those patients are unnecessarily exposed to toxic treatment. They can then switch to other potentially effective therapy.

The purpose of this study is to learn a new way of imaging cancer early during the treatment course (two weeks). This will help determine if the treatment is effective. We will explore the benefit of functional PET technique for earlier prediction of cancer response.
This study requires

The study team will make sure you qualify to take part in the study. Qualified participants will receive detailed information about the study. This may include a list of study-related tests and procedures.

Who can participate

Inclusion criteria:

  • Patients with pathologically confirmed clear cell renal cell carcinoma who have primary RCC. For those patients whose primary kidney cancer is removed, they must have index metastatic cancer lesion(s) within the PET field of view for 18F-FDG parametric PET/CT analysis to determine response.
  • Patients are scheduled for targeted cancer therapy, including sunitinib, pazopanib, cabozantinib, everolimus, and others.
  • Ability to understand and willingness to sign an informed consent form.
  • Ability to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol requirements.
  • Men and women ≥21 years of age.
  • Life expectancy ≥ 6months.
  • Female subjects who are of non-reproductive potential (i.e., post-menopausal by history - no menses for ≥1 year; OR history of hysterectomy; OR history of bilateral tubal ligation; OR history of bilateral oophorectomy). Or, female subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative serum or urine pregnancy test within 72 hours prior to the first drug administration.
  • Male and female subjects who agree to use highly effective method of birth control (e.g., implants, injectables, birth control pills with two hormones, intrauterine devices [IUDs], complete abstinence or sterilized partner, and female sterilization) and a barrier method (e.g., condoms, vaginal ring, sponge, etc.) during the period of therapy and for 90 days after the last dose of drug.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Pregnant or lactating women.
  • Any condition that would prohibit the understanding or rendering of informed consent.
  • Any medical condition including additional malignancies, laboratory abnormalities, or psychiatric illness that would prevent the subject from participating and adhering to study related procedures.
  • Prior treatment with any investigational drug within the previous 4 weeks
  • Unable to lie supine for 1-hour imaging with PET
  • Prisoners
Benefits and risks of participating

We cannot promise any benefits to you as a result of taking part in this research study.


The study doctor will discuss the risks associated with taking part in this research study.
You will be paid $100 for each scanning visit you complete. This payment will be in the form of gift cards.
Study duration and period
We expect that you will be in this research study for about 1 year. You will be actively involved for 2 study visits, each of which will last about 120 minutes. We will follow your progress for about a year after the two visits.
Recruitment period
From May 15, 2019
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
4501 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Research Topic
  • Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma

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