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National cancer biobank opens

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A national biobank has been set up to aid research into cancer.

Patients can now donate tissue sample from which it is hoped scientists can learn more about cancer and develop new treatments.

The samples will be housed at OnCore UK, which is planning to liaise with other UK-based tissue banks to integrate and improve access to existing archives.

At first, only patients at selected NHS trusts will have the opportunity to take part in the project with donations linked to information about the patient’s medical history.

Experts say that it is currently difficult to do detailed research using samples form a single bank, particularly with rare cancers, because the number of samples is too small. There may also be different techniques in preserving samples which affects consistency.

OnCore chief executive Brian Clark said: “Many patients want to do something to support research into their disease and to help others in the future. OnCore UK can help people with cancer do this by providing them with an accessible and ethically approved way of donating samples and data.?

Professor Herbie Newell of Cancer Research UK said: “Samples of tissue and body fluids from patients are fast becoming the cornerstone of cancer research. Analysing them helps us unravel how and why cells become cancerous. They play a vital and increasingly important role in the development and testing of new treatments for the disease.

“Enabling scientists to access the high quality samples they need will help speed the pace of research into cancer in the UK.?

 

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