NEW YORK, Dec. 20 (GenomeWeb News) - The Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center said today that it is slated to receive $1.5 million in US Department of Defense appropriations for the current fiscal year to support a network and database of cancer patients' tissue samples.
The center, based in Lincoln, Neb., said that it will be part of the DoD's National Functional Genomics Center, and that it will use the funding to create a network to collect cancer tissue samples and to follow the patients' progress through therapy, which would be merged into a national database.
The system will allow personalized cancer treatment decisions based on patients' molecular profiles, the center said.
"This research will help us identify genomic sequence changes associated with cancer in individual patients," said Mark Carlson of the Southeast Nebraska Cancer Center. "Our hope for the future is that your doctor can run a simple test on a small tumor sample and use a quick genetic analysis to tailor the best therapy for you as an individual."