Human Tumor Bank and Database
Recent advances in molecular biology, including genomics and proteomics technologies, provide a tremendous opportunity to understand cancer at the molecular level. In order to fully utilize this technology, the use of human tissue for research is an invaluable tool to understand the basic mechanisms of tumor biology, which will hopefully lead to the development of new therapeutic approaches to pancreatic cancer treatment.
The cornerstone of any large translational research program is the development of an accurate and comprehensive tumor bank. All tumors removed in the operating room are sampled for careful pathologic study and the remainder of the tumor is promptly stored in our Pancreas Tissue Bank (PTB) to be used for research. Other samples, including blood, pancreatic juice and biopsy material, can also be utilized to identify early markers for pancreatic cancer. The molecular profile of tumors in the PTB can be linked to information in our clinical database to provide insight on the relationship between molecular events and clinical outcome.
Patients may contribute to the tissue banking effort by choosing to participate in select research protocols. For more information, please contact Tracy Chang at 713-792-6940.
Protecting patient privacy is of great importance and thus, to maintain the confidentiality of health information, the PTB complies with all federal and institutional regulations governing research with human participants.
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