Storing patients' tumor tissue for future study

August 20, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Loretta and Ken Schatz say they complained all the way up to the president and members of the board of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital to make sure that what happened to them in 2007 would never happen to another patient.

Before Loretta Schatz had surgery for her third recurrence of ovarian cancer, she and her husband of 43 years asked her surgeon to freeze some of the tumor so that she could use it later in a clinical trial of a cancer vaccine. When the trial opened at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania six months later, they asked for the frozen tissue. After weeks of requests, they learned it hadn't been saved... Read More