The Children’s Cancer Centre Tissue Bank was established in 2014 and is a world-class resource for researchers studying childhood and adolescent/young adult (AYA) cancer. The Tissue Bank is based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital. The Tissue Bank also includes samples from patients with bone marrow disorders, primary immunodeficiency disease and Neurofibromatosis. To date (December 2017) approximately 800 participants have provided consent resulting in the processing and banking of over 5,000 specimens.
The Children’s Cancer Centre Tissue Bank is an incredibly valuable collection of samples such as solid tumour tissue, blood and bone marrow that have been preserved with the utmost care and dignity for future clinical and research purposes. Samples are taken from consenting patients, processed and placed into storage where they are then made available for further clinical testing and ethically approved research projects such as clinical trials. The ultimate aim is to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment for children with these conditions.
The Children’s Cancer Centre Tissue Bank was established by and is proudly supported by Cancer in Kids @ RCH (www.cika.org.au), the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.