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:
- Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) blocks and histological slides from diagnostic and research biopsies and surgical resections from cancer patients
- Fresh frozen specimens
- Whole blood, serum, plasma, white blood cells, bone marrow and cells
- DNA/RNA samples
Note: Not all types of specimens are collected in all trials.