How the Platform Works

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Any of the nine
biobanks in our network collect samples.

Any patient can allow biobanks to store leftover samples from routine tests taken during diagnosis and treatment. These samples are made available to researchers to aid in the discovery of new treatments.

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ANZCHOG connects researchers to samples.

ANZCHOG helps connect researchers to samples through a simple biospecimen locator tool which searches all nine databases for the required specimens as well as assisting with ethics approval.

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Bioscpecimen samples help lead us to new treatments.

Access to large numbers of samples from patients with similar cancers allows researchers to make important discoveries about how cancer develops or responds to various treatments.

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As childhood cancers are rare, the numbers of biospecimens collected and stored by individual biobanks are limited to the number of patients associated with that biobank.

 

Clinical samples, such as tissue and blood, are collected from patients during procedures for diagnosis and treatment.

The portions of these biospecimens that are not used for diagnosis (and their associated clinical data), can be stored in biobanks for many years – they are invaluable sources of material for biomedical research. As childhood cancers are rare, the numbers of biospecimens collected and stored by individual biobanks are limited to the number of patients associated with that biobank. A biobanking network however, allows the use of large cohorts of biospecimens that are collected and stored.