The basis of translational research is the correct collection and storage of human tissues. The development of a tissue bank with optimal preservation of the morphology and of the quality of DNA, RNA and proteins in the sample is an absolute prerequisite.

To this end, standard operation procedures for tissue, blood and bone marrow sampling and storage, with integrated quality control, have been developed by the Translational Cancer Research Unit. All patients are treated in the General Hospital Sint-Augustinus and follow-up data are obtained prospectively.