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Christiana Care First Community Hospital to Submit Samples to Cancer Genome Atlas Project
Date:11/12/2009

WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 (BCR) of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Project. The project is part of a sweeping initiative by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to help doctors diagnose, treat and even prevent cancer in the future.

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Because community hospitals treat 85% of all cancer patients, involving select community hospitals in an expanded TCGA network increases the volume of quality tissue samples and clinical expertise to 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 BCR 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.

"TCGA Project will help in establishing personalized medicine whereby patients' diagnosis and treatment of cancer will be based on their own genetic profile," says Nicholas Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. "The research also will help to identify patients who are most likely to respond to specific treatments in clinical trials, leading to better outcomes."

One of an elite group 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 Septembe
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