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Biological material collection to advance translational research and treatment of children with CNS tumours: position paper from the SIOPE Brain Tumour Group

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Daniel Williamson, Dr Christopher Jones, Professor Steven CliffordORCiD


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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Paediatric CNS tumours are the most common cause of childhood cancer-related morbidity and mortality, and improvements in their diagnosis and treatment are needed. New genetic and epigenetic information about paediatric CNS tumours is transforming the field dramatically. For most paediatric CNS tumour entities, subgroups with distinct biological characteristics have been identified, and these characteristics are increasingly used to facilitate accurate diagnoses and therapeutic recommendations. Future treatments will be further tailored to specific molecular subtypes of disease, specific tumour predisposition syndromes, and other biological criteria. Successful biomaterial collection is a key requirement for the application of contemporary methodologies for the validation of candidate prognostic factors, the discovery of new biomarkers, the establishment of appropriate preclinical research models for targeted agents, a quicker clinical implementation of precision medicine, and for other therapeutic uses (eg, for immunotherapies). However, deficits in organisational structures and interdisciplinary cooperation are impeding the collection of high-quality biomaterial from CNS tumours in most centres. Practical, legal, and ethical guidelines for consent, storage, material transfer, biobanking, data sharing, and funding should be established by research consortia and local institutions to allow optimal collection of primary and subsequent tumour tissue, body fluids, and normal tissue. Procedures for the collection and storage of biomaterials and related data should be implemented according to the individual and organisational structures of the local institutions.

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Author(s): Rutkowski S, Modena P, Williamson D, Kerl K, Nysom K, Pizer B, Bartels U, Puget S, Doz F, Michalski A, von Hoff K, Chevignard M, Avula S, Murray MJ, Schonberger S, Czech T, Schouten-van Meeteren AYN, Kordes U, Kramm CM, van Vuurden DG, Hulleman E, Janssens GO, Solanki GA, van Veelen M-LC, Thomale U, Schuhmann MU, Jones C, Giangaspero F, Figarella-Branger D, Pietsch T, Clifford SC, Pfister SM, Van Gool SW

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Lancet Oncology

Year: 2018

Volume: 19

Issue: 8

Pages: e419-e428

Online publication date: 01/08/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 1470-2045

ISSN (electronic): 1474-5488

Publisher: Lancet Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30364-4