Contributing to Cancer Research
The Biospecimen Bank
The Biospecimen Bank at The University of Kansas Cancer Center supports cancer research by serving as a bank for human tissues and fluids called biospecimens. Biospecimens are small amounts of blood, urine or tissue used for medical research. Researchers use biospecimens and medical information from participants to study how genes, lifestyle and our environment may lead to cancer. The Biospecimen Bank serves as a valuable resource for researchers at the University of Kansas and potentially around the world.
Watch this video to learn how you can contribute and the importance of biobanking.
Early detection screening project
We invite healthy women receiving their wellness mammogram to participate in a research study aimed at fighting cancer. A simple blood draw of three to four tablespoons given once a year after your mammogram allows researchers a better chance at early detection of cancer. To learn more and participate, speak to a care provider in Breast Imaging after your mammogram.
Who is eligible to take part?
Anyone can donate blood, urine or tissue samples and provide information about their cancer risk factors, whether you have had cancer or not. Any person willing to participate may donate a blood sample. In addition, patients who are undergoing medical procedures at The University of Kansas Hospital may consent to donate tissue that has been removed and is not required for diagnostic purposes. This tissue would otherwise be destroyed. Your well-being is our primary concern. Your consent to donate tissue will not affect your medical care in any way.
Why is it important for me to take part?
You can make a significant contribution to cancer research. Your donation of bodily fluid or tissue during surgery, biopsy or another medical procedure helps meet a great need for cancer researchers here and globally. It helps accelerate research that can lead to new treatments and eventually cures for cancer and other diseases. It is our goal to supply researchers with enough human biospecimens necessary for all current and future research studies aimed at curing cancer. What we learn from the biospecimens donated by healthy and unhealthy donors leads to new medical discoveries.
Who will use this information?
Information is used by researchers at the University of Kansas and elsewhere who are interested in studying the causes, prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They will request permission to use the samples and information stored by the Biospecimen Bank.
Will researchers know my name?
No. The information you provide will never be associated with your name. All personal information will be kept strictly confidential.
How do I participate?
• Talk with one of our coordinators who can answer any questions you may have, and sign a consent form.
• Complete a questionnaire about your family medical history and personal history of cancer.
• Donate a blood, urine or tissue sample.
Will I receive results?
No. Results of our studies are strictly for research purposes.
For more information
Call toll free 855-211-1475.
The University of Kansas Cancer Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
G001 Wahl Hall East
Kansas City, KS 66160
Learn more about the Biospeciman Repository Core Facility.