Assessing the need for a standardized cancer Human Biobank (caHUB): Findings from a national survey with cancer researchers

  • Massett H
  • Atkinson N
  • Weber D
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BACKGROUND: Before developing a national standardized cancer HUman Biobank (caHUB), the National Cancer Institute sought feedback from the cancer research community. METHODS: NCI conducted an online survey (N = 727) about current biospecimen needs and reactions to creating a national resource cancer researchers and others. RESULTS: Most (56%) participants obtained biospecimens within their own institutions, and 63% wanted more information about their biospecimens. Large proportions reported difficulty obtaining biospecimens of adequate numbers (39%) and quality (47%). Low-quality biospecimens resulted in 60% questioning their findings and 81% limiting the scope of their work. Nine in every 10 (91.3%) respondents reacted positively to the idea of a national biospecimen resource, with 62% reporting that they would obtain biospecimens from it and 53% reporting that they would be willing to contribute biospecimens to it. CONCLUSIONS: Initial reactions to caHUB were positive and seen as a feasible option to addressing respondents' research challenges. National Cancer Institute will need to address several concerns to assure its adoption, including standardization and sustainability.

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  • Holly A. Massett

  • Nancy L. Atkinson

  • Deanne Weber

  • Renate Myles

  • Colleen Ryan

  • Meredith Grady

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