The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center will collect breast tissue samples from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Clarian Arnett Cancer Care, 420 N. 26th St., Lafayette, Ind.
The Komen Tissue Bank is collecting samples in Lafayette to increase the number of samples from young, college-age women. Women of all ages, however, are welcome to donate.
What to Expect During the Donation Process During the donation process, a tissue sample is taken from one breast with a needle and local anesthesia. The amount of tissue taken is about one gram (or the size of two peas).
To participate, women must:
be age 18 or older
understand and sign an informed consent
be willing to give one hour of their time to complete a questionnaire and a breast biopsy
not be allergic to local anesthetic (numbing medicine)
not be receiving a therapeutic blood thinner (this does not include aspirin)
not have breast implants or have had a breast reduction
By collecting samples from women with and without breast cancer, researchers will be able to determine the differences between these populations, which could lead to a better understanding of the disease. Samples taken from women without the disease are especially helpful because there are few collections of so-called “normal”tissue. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will ultimately give researchers valuable and unprecedented research data.