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Cancer Tissue Bank @ Barts Health

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About Cancer Tissue Bank @ Barts Health

The Cancer Tissue Bank @ Barts Health (CTB@BH) is a dedicated research collaboration between clinicians, scientists and patients at Barts Health NHS Trust. It will create a unique and vital resource for cancer tissue of all types for researchers at Barts Health NHS Trust and, its sister academic institution Queen Mary University of London, as well researchers across the whole world.

CTB@BH was founded based on the feedback given to a number of clinicians at Barts Health NHS Trust. Patients and their relatives wanted to donate samples for cancer research but were unable to do so. There were questions being asked:

  • How could have my diagnosis been done earlier?
  • Is there a simple test to monitor if my cancer will come back?
  • Is there some research being carried out by you to help future cancer patients?
  • How can I help research at your hospital?
  • Can you not develop a test which will help my children not to face the same future and uncertainty I am facing?
  • Why is there nothing being done to help me and my family in future?
CTB@BH is supported by Barts Cancer Institute. Their extensive internal review suggested that the main obstacle for advancement of cancer research was a shortage of good quality, clinically annotated tissue - the raw material for research. The CTB@BH will be a resource in an attempt to remove this hurdle and thus accelerate cancer research.

Thus CTB@BH is an initiative based on patient, clinician and scientists desire to create a unique research resource where patients and their relatives can donate their samples in a standardised manner. The samples will be collected and stored with written informed consent based on an ethically approved protocol. This protocol and policy will be under constant review.

Please email us at enquiries@cancertissuebank.org for further enquiries.

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