NCTN Banks Organization

The NCTN Banks are composed of biorepositories of well-annotated biospecimens which are integral components of the five NCTN Groups of the NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network - Alliance, COG, ECOG-ACRIN, NRG Oncology, and SWOG, as well as the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG.)

NCTN Banks biospecimens are representative of trials conducted by respective Groups. Collectively, the NCTN Banks house solid tumor biospecimens from all organ types including brain, breast, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, melanoma-skin, peripheral nervous system, liver, lung, soft tissue, and thyroid gland. Biospecimens of hematological malignancies include leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.

The NCTN Banks receive and store biospecimens including:

Note: Not all types of specimens are collected in all trials.