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IU Simon Cancer Center's tissue bank collecting samples Sept. 20 at Clarian North

  

INDIANAPOLIS -- (Aug. 28, 2008) – Would you like to contribute to breast cancer research?

You can help by donating a tissue sample to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure  Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Ology Spa at Clarian North Medical Center, 11700 North Meridian St., Carmel.

A tissue sample is taken from one breast with a needle and local anesthesia.  The amount of tissue taken is about one gram (or the size of two peas).  

To participate, women must:

  • be age 18 or older
  • have the ability to understand and the willingness to sign an informed consent
  • be willing to give one hour of their time to complete a questionnaire and a breast biopsy
  • not be allergic to local anesthetics (numbing medicine)
  • not be receiving a therapeutic blood thinner (this does not include aspirin)
  • not have breast implants or have had a breast reduction

To register, visit www.komentissuebank.iu.edu or contact Casey Allen by phone at (317) 274-0594 or by e-mail at calallen@iupui.edu.

By collecting samples from women with and without breast cancer, researchers will be able to determine the differences between these populations, which could lead to a better understanding of the disease.  Samples taken from women without the disease are especially helpful because there are few collections of so-called "normal" specimens.  The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will ultimately give researchers valuable and unprecedented research data.