Canadian Cancer Trials Group Bulletins


Correlative Studies and Tissue Banking

In February, 2013, an article by Cheung et al entitled "Defining diagnostic tissue in the era of personalized medicine" was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The article has sparked widespread discussion in the scientific and medical communities around the issue of tissue ownership, designation of research versus diagnostic tissue, and patients' roles and rights.

The article was a major point of discussion during the Canadian Cancer Trials Group's Correlative Sciences and Tumour Biology Committee (CSTB) meeting at the 2013 Spring Meeting. With support from a large number of committee members and the Canadian Cancer Trials Group lay representatives, a letter to the editor was written by Dr. Lois Shepherd, Central Office Physician Coordinator for the CSTB Committee, and Dr. Peter Watson, member of the CSTB Committee and Director of the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) Tumour Tissue Repository. It was published in CMAJ in May, 2013.

Separately, Helen Ghent, Chair of the Lay Representatives Committee and Joan Petrie, lay representative for the CSTB Committee, also submitted a response to the article on behalf of the entire Canadian Cancer Trials Group's Lay Representatives Committee.

A number of other individuals representing various entities from across the country also submitted responses to the article.

The original article, as well as the response letters, can be found using the link below.