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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-23

Impacts of a biobank: Bridging the gap in translational cancer medicine

Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Centre, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Tushar Vora
Department of Medical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Ernest Borges Road, Parel (East), Mumbai - 400 012, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0971-5851.151773

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The prevalence of people affected by cancer has been steadily increasing. More and more people are being offered the chance of increased longevity. This has been possible due to advances not only in medicines and techniques but also because of the gain in understanding of cancer biology through Translational Cancer Medicine. A significant step towards obtaining this success was the establishment of successful biobanking practise. In this review we discuss about the importance of a Biobank and the various impacts that a biobank can have not only in the field of cancer but also on many other aspects. Later we discuss a method of quantitative evaluation of these impacts of a biobank.

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