Does the tissue sample affect my surgery or treatment?
The answer is no. Regardless of whether you choose to provide tissue to research or not, your surgery and/ or medical treatment will be exactly the same. Your decision to reserve tissue will not affect how much tissue is removed during surgery or how often you need to see your doctor.
During your medical procedure, your doctor will remove exactly as much tissue as is needed for complete diagnosis and treatment.
Often, however, some of the tissue material is not needed to diagnose your condition. This leftover tissue, which would normally be disposed of hygienically, will go to the tissue bank of the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC) if you give your consent.
My (family) doctor has told me that it is very likely that I have a relatively harmless disease. So why am I receiving these records?
All patients treated at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital receive these records, even if it may not yet be known what the disease is.
For research into serious diseases, so-called comparative material without changes due to disease is always needed. Providing the tissue samples that would normally be discarded after the research to the tissue bank can be very effective in helping future patients with serious diseases.
Will research results be shared with my employer or health insurance company?
Research results from studies that used your tissue will not be included in your medical records or shared with your employer, your health insurance company, or anyone else.
Will research on my tissue sample contribute to my medical care?
Research results from studies that used your tissue will not affect your care at this time. However, if, for example, a cancer were to return, new treatment options may be available, which may also be based on the scientific study of your tissue sample.
Will I know the results of the research using my tissue samples?
As a rule, it is no longer possible for the investigating scientists to draw conclusions about your donated tissue samples. Thus, informing the individual patient about research results of his or her individual sample is not feasible in most cases.
The results of scientific studies with the tissue, which, however, often take several years and include tissue samples from hundreds or thousands of people, are published in scientific journals or presented in this way at scientific congresses. These publications also serve to educate physicians who are specifically concerned with the particular clinical picture. You can therefore obtain information from your treating physicians about new developments in the diagnosis and therapy of your disease.
You will find further instructions on this in the consent form.
How do I decide whether or not to donate tissue?
Talk about this with your doctor or nurse. Or discuss the information on this website with your family and friends.