Calling US patients: Do you have an upcoming surgery or an ascites drain scheduled in the United States?
If so, please consider donating your excess tissue for an important research project. The ACPMP Research Foundation has partnered with Pattern.org to enable patients to donate their excess tissue or fluid to the Cancer Cell Line Project at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
This program’s success depends on patient participation. This is a chance for patients to lead the way on cutting edge research to improve treatment for our disease. To date, FIVE appendix cancer/PMP patients have consented to have their tissue donated to the Broad Institute via pattern.org and FOUR samples have been successfully collected.
The research team at the Broad Institute has told ACPMP that they are very eager to begin growing appendix tumour cell lines, but THEY NEED MORE SAMPLES! The more samples they get, the more successful this project will be, and the better likelihood that the team will be successful in growing cell lines for our cancer that can lead to better diagnosis and treatment.
Models created through this project will have the opportunity to go through drug testing and CRISPR screening, with the goal to match drugs and therapy combinations to our cancer. Find out more about how the development of cell lines for another rare tumour through this program led to the Desmoid Tumor Dependency Map project: https://dtrf.org/desmoiddepmap/