Banking tumour samples for research

In the effort to fully understand tumour biology, it is important to study tumour samples from patients. These are frequently biopsies taken during surgeries and stored in a biobank, destined for research. In order to make sure data stemming from tumour samples is reproducible and standardized, there must be guidelines and procedures for tumour collection, treatment, and storage. To this end, researchers including Drs. G. Batist and M. Basik from the RRCancer wrote a review published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology describing the best practices for biobanking guidelines in order to preserve tumour biopsies for research purposes.