Establishing a tumour bank: banking, informatics and ethics

Br J Cancer. 2004 Mar 22;90(6):1115-9. doi: 10.1038/sj.bjc.6601678.


The six divisions of the Cooperative Human Tissue Network in the USA bank and distribute tens of thousands of tissue specimens to researchers annually. Major operational concerns include: maintaining tissue integrity, managing informatics, and protecting patient confidentiality. Increasing molecular genetics testing is also resulting in an increased demand for high-quality nucleic acids.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Confidentiality
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Genetic Testing
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Quality Control
  • Tissue Banks / ethics*
  • Tissue Banks / standards*