American Breast Cancer Foundation Announces Partnership with Store My Tumor
Service provides breast cancer patients with options for tumor preservation
Columbia, MD -- The American Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF) announces today its partnership with StoreMyTumor, a preservation service for cancer centers worldwide. ABCF is proud to inform its supporters and clients of StoreMyTumor’s services collecting, processing and storing viable tumors for all types of cancers, including breast cancer, giving patients the ability to access the important information each unique tumor contains.
Currently, hospitals do not preserve live tumors, according to StoreMyTumor’s website. In fact, the service was founded because 9 out of 10 patients hoping to participate in trials that require live cancer cells were unable to do so because their tumor tissue was discarded.
“By working closely with progressive organizations like The American Breast Cancer Foundation to educate their patients, eventually we hope to never hear this again," says Pat deGrouchy, StoreMyTumor VP of Development.
“Through this partnership, ABCF can inform its supporters of all available options,” says Jacky Loube, ABCF CEO. “By educating the public about this important service, we can help individuals make informed decisions about their treatment.”
To learn more about StoreMyTumor, visit http://www.storemytumor.com/.
About American Breast Cancer Foundation
The American Breast Cancer Foundation's (ABCF) mission is to provide financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underserved individuals, regardless of age or gender. This is achieved, in part, by the Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP), the Community Partnership Program, and the newly-designed Community Advocacy Program.
It is the goal of each of these programs to reduce disparities in access to diagnosis and the treatment of breast cancer, particularly among the poor, the underserved, and the uninsured. These interventions may lead to modification of negative factors and improve the survival rate of clients served.
StoreMyTumor specializes in collecting, processing, and storing viable tumor tissue (and fluid and biopsy) for all types of cancers, including breast cancer. Having the tumor preserved alive opens doors to immunotherapy and a host of diagnostics that may extend a patient's time in remission. Every tumor is unique and contains information critical to treatment, but tumors are not preserved alive by the hospital and are routinely discarded as medical waste.
Since its creation in 2011, StoreMyTumor has maintained its commitment to be the most trusted, experienced and fully accredited partner for human tissue processing and storage. The service operates with accreditations from the Food and Drug Administration, the American Association of Blood Banks and the International Organization for Standardization.