Outcomes linked frozen breast tumour bank
The Department of Molecular Oncology hosts the breast cancer tumour tissue repository (BREAST-TTR), a project within the agency-wide tumour tissue repository. The BREAST-TTR comprises several important banks of breast tissues, contemporaneous as well as archival. The main banks are:
3000 frozen breast cancers, linked to 15 year outcomes data from the Breast Cancer Outcomes Unit at the BC Cancer, a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority. This archival bank consists of frozen tissue, DNA and RNA, and a tissue microarray of the cases.
Live-cryopreserved cancers. At present around 50 individual cases of metastatic breast cancer, with tumour material cryopreserved for subsequent cell culture/xenograft work.
Comptemporary bank. Between the TTR in Victoria and the accrual site in Vancouver, approximately 1300 contemporaneous (within last 4 years) breast cancers with matched normal DNA and outcomes linkages.
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