Precision Medicine for Liver Tumours With Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Whole Genome Sequencing (Precision1)

  • End date
    Aug 1, 2023
  • participants needed
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Updated on 21 October 2022


This will be a prospective, observational, cohort study to determine the impact of integrated diagnostics using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging, whole genome sequencing and digital pathology on intended patient management for liver cancer patients referred for liver resection.

Participants with primary or secondary liver cancer will be recruited from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Basingstoke or Oxford University Hospitals NHSFoundation Trust in Oxford. The incidence of treatable liver tumours is on the rise globally, driven by obesity, viral hepatitis and metastases from colorectal cancers. Survival rates can be improved with optimised allocation of treatment options including surgical resection, radiofrequency ablation, embolisation, chemotherapy and targeted molecular therapies (including immunotherapy).

The key motivation of this study is to help patients access the most suitable treatment combinations, based on integrating clinical, radiological and genomic data. A similar integrated approach, integrating radiology and pathology, has been shown to improve outcomes in breast cancer care. Detailed pathologic analysis of the surgical specimen from breast carcinoma biopsy provides valuable feedback to the radiologist, establishes the completeness of surgical intervention, and generates predictive information for therapeutic decisions. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) has discovered cancer driver mutations and the complex molecular profile of liver cancer. In many metastatic solid tumours, WGS has been used to identify a significant patient population (31%) who present with a biomarker that predicts sensitivity to a drug and lacked any known resistance biomarkers for the same drug. Identifying which patients possess druggable mutations will allow clinicians to make the optimal treatment decisions. The next challenge is integrating WGS into scalable clinical practice

Condition Liver Cancer, Liver Metastasis Colon Cancer
Treatment utility of whole genome sequencing (WGS) to aid clinical decision making in patients referred for liver resection
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04597710
Last Modified on21 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Male or female 18 years of age and older willing and able to give informed consent to participate in the study
Patients being considered for liver resection for primary or secondary liver cancer

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The participant may not enter the study with any known contraindication to magnetic resonance imaging (including but not limited to pregnancy, a pacemaker or other metallic unfixed implanted device, metallic fragments, extensive tattoos, severe claustrophobia)
Any other cause, including a significant underlying disease or disorder which, in the opinion of the investigator, may put the participant at risk by participating in the study or limit the participant's ability to participate
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