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Donate your Tissue

Many of us are likely to hold an established view on organ donation. But how many have thought of a much more fundamental “body part” that is available for donation – bits of tissue cut out during surgery?

But what is tissue donation all about?

DNA and the appreciation of tissue With the mapping of the human genome completed in 2003, scientists now have the tools to discover what causes cells to become cancerous, how to recognise them early and come up with more targeted treatments. This research requires tissue material.

Following surgery, the tumour is examined by a pathologist to determine what type of cancer it is, how far it has spread and how aggressive it is likely to be. This information enables the doctor to make a diagnosis and determine the best treatment for the patient.

The leftover tumour tissue (which is valuable to scientists) is normally discarded, meaning a precious resource that may lead to breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis and treatment ends up in the bin.

Tumour tissue contains the blue print of a disease, telling researchers what genetic changes it has gone through.

Sometimes, researchers can identify a unique change that can be used as a marker of early disease or as a target for new treatments.

Find out more about donating your tissue at SingHealth Tissue Repository

Read about how donating your tissue will help in our Research