Ovarian Cancer Action

British Translational Research Collaborative

To develop the world's first bank of ovarian cancer tumour samples which are taken throughout a woman's ovarian cancer. This will allow scientists to study and understand genetic changes through the development of the disease. Currently biopsies are only routinely taken at the point of diagnosis.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 September 2012 to 12:00 AM, 1 September 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1109743)

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There are are some 30 different types of ovarian cancer but further characterision of the different subtypes are required in order to, understand how the disease develops, identify targets for new treatments and carry out clinical trials to develop therapies tailored to each woman’s tumour. Scientists thus need access to a comprehensive collection of tumour samples and related clinical information to study the genetic changes that occur during the development of the woman's disease.

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The unique ovarian tumour bank of biopsies and blood samples will provide scientists with access to a comprehensive collection of tumour samples and related clinical information to study and understand the genetic changes that occur during the development of the woman's disease. This data will be crucial to translational research which aims to develop individualised treatments and identify markers of treatment response.