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  • Christiana Care's Cancer Center first community hospital to submit samples to genome project

  • Christiana Care Health System's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center became the first community hospital in the nation to submit specimens to the Biospecimen Core Resource of The Cancer Genome Atlas Project.


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  • Christiana Care Health System's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center became the first community hospital in the nation to submit specimens to the Biospecimen Core Resource of The Cancer Genome Atlas Project.
    The project is part of a sweeping initiative by the National Cancer Institute to help doctors diagnose, treat and possibly prevent cancer in the future.
    Because community hospitals treat 85 percent of all cancer patients, involving select community hospitals in an expanded network increases the volume of quality tissue samples and clinical expertise for this nationwide project.
    Collecting and storing samples of tissue and blood from cancer patients to study in the laboratory will help physicians learn more about changes that occur in DNA and identify biomarkers related to cancer.
    Researchers at Biospecimen Core Resource labs in Phoenix, Ariz., extract DNA from the specimens for genome sequencing. The sequencing helps researchers map a comprehensive atlas of molecular information listing the changes in genomes, or genetic material, found in various types of cancer.
    One of 14 centers in the United States selected to the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program, The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center established a tissue bank in 2003 and received The Cancer Genome Atlas award in September 2008.
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