A Tumour Bank is an infrastructure (laboratory, equipment, personnel) within a healthcare institution dedicated to the collection and storage of human bio-specimens: cells, tissues, blood samples and other biological material, which can be used for biological analyses to better characterise each patient’s pathological condition.
to store bio-specimens in the best possible conditions as recommended by the Health Ministry;
to allow these samples to become:
- in the first instance, a valuable source of informations useful for diagnosis or choice of treatment for the patient who underwent the biopsy;
- subsequently, a resource available to researchers and clinicians for scientific research programmes in order to advance their understanding of the molecular mechanisms implied in cancer. This knowledge will open exciting avenues for the development of diagnostic and prognostic tools and for the identification of new therapeutic protocols.