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Nat Rev Cancer. 2003 Jan;3(1):73-7.

Tumour banks: well-guarded treasures in the interest of patients.

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Josephine Nefkens Institute, Department of Pathology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam 3000 DR, The Netherlands. oosterhuis@path.fgg.eur.nl

Abstract

In order for the genomics revolution to change how we diagnose, categorize and treat cancer, scientists and clinicians must have access to tumour samples. There has therefore never been a better time to create banks of tumour tissue. Collecting and storing tumour samples and their associated data, however, creates numerous methodological, ethical, legal and technical problems. How can we leap these hurdles in a responsible manner and still make full use of the wealth of information that can be obtained from them?

PMID:
12509769
DOI:
10.1038/nrc973
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