BioRepository

Alberta Prostate Cancer Registry & Biorepository

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.

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.

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The Alberta Prostate Cancer Biorepository provides biofluid solutions for research. Academic and industry-based researchers worldwide can benefit from biofluids of high quality, diversity and integrity. Five academic teaching hospitals across Alberta currently collect samples and data from participating donors.

Access procedures for researchers are streamlined while ensuring high ethical standards and protection of donor privacy and confidentiality.

APCaRI Biorepository gets certified by CTRNet

Samples Available from participants with prostate cancer and age-matched men with negative biopsy
  • Serum (400uL/vial)
  • Plasma (400uL/vial)
  • Buffy Coat (~300uL/vial)
  • Red Blood Cells (400uL/vial)
  • Urine (400uL/vial)
  • Semen (~400uL/vial)

    Clinical Information

    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.

    • Demographic information and co-morbidities
    • Family history of prostate cancer
    • Pathology and diagnosis details
    • Clinical and pathological staging
    • Treatment history
    • Outcomes
    • Biospecimen collection, sample availability and processing details

    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.

    By the end of 2019 Albertans and the health research community worldwide will have a comprehensive registry and biorepository containing personal, demographic, health and prostate cancer specific information along with biospecimens including blood (serum, plasma, buffy coat, and red blood cells), urine, semen and tissue from close to 9000 patients collected pre-diagnosis and at other multiple time points across the disease continuum.

    In association with the Alberta Cancer Research Biorepository, our biorepository is utilizing cutting edge biobanking technology and supplies to guarantee that we have excellent quality samples managed with the highest standards and that we will have enough samples and data to support research for many years to come.

    You can help us make an impact by donating biospecimens or by supporting our research.

     

     

     

It’s Movember, time to Grow a Mo for a Bro!

It’s Movember, time to grow your moustache to raise funds and awareness of some serious health risks that men face, like suicide, testicular cancer and prostate cancer. Maybe growing a moustache isn’t your thing? No problem, host a Mo-ment for the men in your life instead!

APCaRI is a key stakeholder in the TrueNTH Global Registry; contributing 92% of the submitted patients in February 2018. Recently described by Evans et al., 2017 in an article published in BMJ Open, this project was established as an international registry with the goal to monitor the care of men with localised prostate cancer from 13 Movember-fundraising countries. Prostate cancer treatment and outcomes for men vary according to where they live, their race and the care they receive. The TrueNTH Global Registry is collecting a dataset based on the International Consortium for Health Outcome Measures (ICHOM) so we can better understand how to improve the care and treatment of men with localized prostate cancer, regardless of ethnicity and geography.

Please check out previous APCaRI blog posts that have talked about Movember (@Movember); the international Mens’ health Awareness charity, and about TrueNTH (@TrueNTH_Canada); a program funded by Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) and the Movember Foundation that aims to improve the quality of life of men with prostate cancer and their families.

So start growing (or attach) your moustache today to raise funds and awareness to improve mens’ health!

- Perrin Beatty