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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-24

Initiating tumor banking for translational research: MD Anderson and Liverpool experience


1 Department of Otolaryngology at King George's Medical University Lucknow, India and currently a Visiting Faculty and International UICC (American Cancer society) Fellow at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, King George's Medical University Lucknow, India
3 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Aintree, Liver pool and currently a Visiting Scientist at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

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A Mishra
Department of Otolaryngology at King George's Medical University Lucknow, India and currently a Visiting Faculty and International UICC (American Cancer society) Fellow at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.31163

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The ultimate progress in the cancer diagnosis and therapy has only been possible with the ongoing translational research that is likely to play a very important role in future as well. Hence the importance of such translation from bedside to bench and visa versa cannot be over-emphasized. Accordingly it has become more important to collect tumor samples along with the clinical information in a systematic manner to perform a good basic science research in future. With a population of over a billion and a heavy burden of cancer, India has the 'biggest' potential to establish the 'largest' tumor bank across the globe. Establishing a tumor bank involves money and manpower that may not be feasible across most of the centers in India. Taking into the considering the model of tumor banking of the two leading institutions of the world (MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA and University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool UK), this article presents the salient tips for a center in India to get started with tumor banking with minimal investment. Furthermore a simplified form of ethical consent is presented for the centers to adapt unanimously.






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