FRIENDSWOOD, Texas, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Castle Biosciences Inc. announced today the availability of a tumor tissue repository for patients whose tumors are being tested with the Company's gene test for uveal, or ocular, melanoma. Patients will now have the option of storing an additional sample of their tumor free of charge for up to five years, and will be able to access it to take advantage of future developments in the disease.
Castle Biosciences would provide the samples to third parties only with permission of the patient for legitimate research, treatment guidance or diagnostic purposes. Castle will not use the tumor samples for its own research purposes, but rather retain the sample for future patient request.
"Retaining tumor samples could prove extremely important for uveal melanoma patients given the rapid pace of advances in the field," said Dr. J. William Harbour, Professor of Ophthalmology, Vice Chairman for Translational Research and Director of the Ocular Oncology Service at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. "Patients may find that their tumor's genetic information can guide emerging treatments, entry into clinical studies or further prognostic testing."
The DecisionDx-UM test helps predict a patient's risk of their eye cancer spreading to other organs, predominantly the liver. The test requires a small sample of the patient's tumor, with an additional sample obtained simultaneously should the patient wish to store it in the tissue repository. The Castle repository will be the only broadly available program of its kind.
Commented Grant Allen, Chairman of the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, "This is an important first step in empowering patients as they navigate the diagnosis stage and their own unique disease characteristics. Patients choosing to store a tumor sample could benefit from future trea
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