The Texas Cancer Research Biobank (TCRB) was created to bridge the gap between doctors and scientific researchers to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. One of TCRB’s goals is to carry out research that will promote successful cancer therapy by providing doctors with the tools they need to tailor therapy to a patient by using information from that patient’s genetic code.
To achieve this goal, the TCRB is collecting cancer and blood specimens, plus data, from participating institutions across Texas and combining the DNA sequences from these samples with clinical histories from patients. This helps cancer researchers perform cutting-edge experiments and determine which therapies are best for which patients based upon their genes.
The TCRB benefits the whole community by educating both patient and doctor and empowering them to make science-based treatment decisions.