Cell and Tissue Banking

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 283–286 | Cite as

Assessment of a tumor bank: a thirty years experience of the University of Siena (Italy)

  • G. CorsoEmail author
  • L. Garosi
  • D. Marrelli
  • F. RovielloEmail author
Original Paper


Tumor biobank plays a pivotal role in cancer biomedical research. The collection of a high variety of biological samples, including DNA, RNA, tissues, cells, blood, plasma and other body fluids, represents a necessary step to plan new strategies in the improvement of oncological patient care. Since 1985, a consolidated experience in biobanking management has been developed at the University of Siena (Italy). During these years, some information about clinico-pathology, surgery and a high number of human bispecimens have been collected. Herein, we described our experience in sampling management to improve the cancer research and the patient care.


Tumor biobank Biospecimen collection Surgery 



We thank all the patients who donated tissue samples for biobanking assessment. This work was supported by the ‘Gene expression profile and therapeutic implication in gastric cancer. From the clinical overview to the translational research’ Grant ITT-2007 from the Istituto Toscano Tumori and by EU FP7 Marie Curie GastroGlycoExplorer Initial Training Network Grant 2013.

Conflict of interest

The authors indicated no potential conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unit of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgical Medical Science and NeurosciencesUniversity of SienaSienaItaly
  2. 2.Molecular Senology UnitEuropean Institute of OncologyMilanItaly
  3. 3.Medical BiochemistryUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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