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Alberta Prostate Cancer Registry & Biorepository

In many instances prostate cancer remains a mystery for researchers. At present, diagnostic tests lack accuracy and there is not a real prognostication tool to differentiate aggressive cancers vs indolent (less aggressive) ones. Thinking is changing in terms of treatment and today more than ever, the clinical and academic research communities need resources to measure outcomes associated with different treatment modalities through comprehensive registries and high quality biospecimens to test new biomarkers that can help better diagnose prostate cancer and predict disease outcomes by establishing biorepositories.

Clinical registries improve care by arming doctors and teams treating prostate cancer with information about how their outcomes compare with international standards and other locales. The Alberta Prostate Cancer Registry allows us to monitor the patterns of care and outcomes of men diagnosed with prostate cancer throughout Alberta, and provide a valuable tool to track how our translational research efforts are impacting outcomes over time. The registry is linked to a biorepository containing patient specimens that will drive translational research and enable personalized approaches to prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Alberta Prostate Cancer BioRepository allows APCaRI team members application of state-of-the-art genomic, proteomic, metabolomic and transcriptomic analyses to the development of new and better tests for prostate cancer. Clinical validation of these tests requires large numbers of high quality patient biosamples linked to accurate and complete clinical outcome data.

The APCaRI Prostate Cancer Registry and Biorepository is a province-wide comprehensive resource that incorporates all prostate cancer patients in Alberta. Biobanking samples from Alberta prostate cancer patients collected through the journey of diagnosis and treatment will translate into enormous benefits because it will lead to tests that are directly applicable to Albertans.