What is Tumor Preservation?
Tumor preservation is exactly what it says. During surgery, the tissue (or fluid) from your tumor are preserved for further study (immediately or at a later time). It is ideal for every cancer patient, but especially those who are interested in drug screening, chemo sensitivity testing, personalized therapeutic vaccines, or adoptive t-cell therapy.
Personalized medicine starts with the understanding that no two cancers are the same. All tumors are unique and must be treated as such.
For those who are just beginning their treatment journey, tumor preservation can help an oncology team determine the most effective treatments for their cancer before introducing medications that have toxic side effects and may not work. It can also identify experimental therapies that are outside of the standard of care that may be more effective than traditional treatment methods.
For those who are in the midst of a frustrating and ineffectual battle with cancer, tumor preservation offers access to the best and most advanced technologies in the world, that are often beyond chemotherapy and radiation – treatments like drug screening and cellular immunotherapies.
Will My Hospital Preserve My Tumor Alive?
No. Many patients ask the surgeon/oncologist/hospital if the hospital will store their tumor, and the answer is typically yes, which is misleading. This is because hospitals preserve a small part in paraffin (dead), but not alive or in multiple formats. StoreMyTumor preserves as much tumor as possible and in various formats, including freezing the cells in a way that they stay alive.
This is critical because different applications require different formats, and once in one format, the tumor cannot be reformatted. By doing so StoreMyTumor maximizes the opportunities patients have to use their tissue for their own benefit.
Is Tumor Preservation Right for Me?
Tumor preservation is available to all patients, and is especially recommended for patients that:
want to find out which drug or cocktail is best for their cancer
have not responded to their treatment
have an aggressive disease or disease of unknown origin
are experiencing too many side effects from their current treatment
are interested in exploring cellular immunotherapy
are being told that there are no other treatment options available to them
have (or think that have) developed resistance to their current treatment
want to take more control of their treatment
want to keep all future treatment options open
More than 50% of patients use their tumor within the first 6 months.
How it Works
Day of Surgery
I have last-minute surgery. Can I still preserve my tumor?
We know that in some cases, tumor surgery is scheduled within a few hours or a few days.
Many of the large cancer centers across the country have our collection kits on hand in their pathology departments for just such emergencies. However, we can also coordinate an emergency collection and transport processes that meet both your needs and your timeline.
If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, your job is to find the treatment processes that will give you the longest survival with the best quality of life. Tumor preservation plays a key role in studying your tumor and identifying the best treatments possible.
Schedule your free consultation and find out why tumor preservation is right for you.
Exact prices depend on the processing formats required. Call for more information.
Our fees cover:
Coordination of collection process
Transport kit and optimal media
Correspondence with surgical/pathology team as needed
Processing and cryo-preservation of tissue (in multiple formats)
Shipping and tracking
Initial education regarding immunotherapy applications and requirements
Unlimited continual consultations
Additional fees apply for monthly storage and transfers.
Request more information about Tumor Preservation or schedule a free consultation with one of our advisors.
A call with a patient advisor from StoreMyTumor is the quickest way to get answers to your questions. This is a free conversation, and there is no obligation to utilize StoreMyTumor.
To assure the highest level of customer service, each client is matched to a patient advisor who will provide personalized guidance and support, not only through the preservation process, but for ongoing help with diagnostic and treatment research.
Your tumor is preserved in multiple formats for further study, immediately or at a later time. It is ideal for every cancer patient. Learn more about Tumor Preservation.
Chemo Sensitivity Testing
Tests which chemotheraputic agents will work on the tumor from day one, and and which will not. Learn more about Chemo Sensitivity Testing.
Identifies mutations on your tumor that help your oncologist prescribe more targeted drugs based on your tumor makeup. Learn more about Genomic Profiling.
Tests chemotherapy agents and tens of additional experimental and immunotherapy drugs to find the right combination for a particular tumor. Learn more about Drug Screening.
Immunotherapy designed to treat cancers that have already developed (as opposed to preventative). It educates the immune system to attack your cancer cells. Learn more about Personalized Vaccines.
Adoptive T-Cell Therapy
Immunotherapy approach that attempts to boost the natural ability of the patient’s T-cells (killer cells) to attack and fight your cancer cells. Learn more about Adoptive T-Cell Therapy.