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. Published by Oxford University Press 2011.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs|
|State||Published - 2011|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research