Biobanks for Oncology & Neoplams
What is the role of biobanks?
Biobanks (also known as biological resource centers) are entities responsible for the management of human biological samples specimen and their associated data. These structures can collect and preserve cancer tumors in the form of samples inventory.
Research in oncology is a fast-growing field where Innovations and discoveries are flourishing. As the types of cancer are numerous and varied (more than 200 listed), the same applies to collections of cancerous tumors.
There are samples for all types of cancer (breast, prostate, lung, colorectal …) which can be found in different forms such as frozen, into paraffin, serum, plasma, nucleic acid extraction etc. These collections from cancer patients can be found in cancer biobanks.
Cancer biobanks cryopreserve patient tumor samples for research and clinical applications. Those samples can be made available if their use serve the oncology field.
What are the advantages of using a biobank for sample of cancer tumor needs?
Setting up a biological collection and preparing samples for a clinical project
Save time in the experimentation phase
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Setting up a collection of biological samples
After a biopsy, or other procedure to retrieve a human sample, a sample may be retained, with the patient's consent, for research purposes.
Storage of clinical samples
The samples, after collection, must be stored under certain conditions, depending on their type and shelf life, to allow for their viability.