Oncology Biorepository: Banking on Finding Answers for Childhood Cancers
April 10, 2017•15 min
Why does one child respond well to cancer treatment and another not? The Children’s Mercy Oncology Biorepository hopes to answer that question and more. This research facility includes biobanking technology and the staff to manage patient samples and assist with research. The 200 new pediatric cancer patients at Children’s Mercy each year can contribute to research efforts regardless of diagnosis or age simply by donating their blood, leftover tumor samples, DNA and clinical data. In this segment, Erin Guest, MD explains that the biorepository is open to research scientists to study cancer and related diseases and hopes to collaborate with other oncology programs on novel research projects.