Liquid Biopsy to Reduce Time to Treatment for Advanced Nonsquamous NSCLC Diagnosed at Outside Sites

  • End date
    Nov 23, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
Updated on 23 March 2022
systemic therapy
liquid biopsy
lung carcinoma


The purpose of this study is to determine if liquid biopsies will reduce time to begin treatment in participants with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A liquid biopsy is a test done on a sample of blood to look for cancer cells.


Referred patients with newly diagnosed NSCLC who have not had genetic testing for targetable mutations will be considered for this study. The primary objective of this prospective study is to examine if using liquid biopsy can reduce time to treatment (TTT) in external participants with NSCLC. Secondary objectives examined will include time to actionable genetic testing results (ctDNA or tissue), rate of actionable biomarker discovery, and rate of appropriate guideline-directed therapy based upon testing results.

A liquid biopsy is a test done on a sample of blood to look for cancer cells. A traditional biopsy, which requires tissue to be removed from the body, takes 14 days to be tested. A liquid biopsy takes 7 days which significantly shortens the TTT for those diagnosed with NSCLC. By studying this, doctors may be better able to determine if this will be beneficial and result in less time taken to treat cancer.

Condition Non Small Cell Lung Cancer
Treatment Liquid Biopsy
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04474613
SponsorCase Comprehensive Cancer Center
Last Modified on23 March 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Participants with newly diagnosed, advanced nonsquamous NSCLC referred to the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center from outside centers without prior testing results available for targetable genetic alterations
Plan to receive systemic therapy at the Cleveland Clinic, OR plan to receive systemic therapy at an outside site while maintaining either intermittent follow up at Cleveland Clinic or with electronic health record access through Care Everywhere

Exclusion Criteria

Prior therapy for this diagnosis of NSCLC
Prior adequate molecular testing done for the current diagnosis of NSCLC
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