Researchers rely on fresh samples of neuroendocrine tumor (NET) tissue to understand the causes of NETs and to explore new treatments. From donated tumor tissue, researchers isolate and grow NET cells in dishes (called cell lines) for laboratory study.
Some NET cells grow very slowly or not at all in the lab. The lack of NET cell lines slows important NET research. The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) has teamed up with Pattern.org to solve this decades-old problem and we need your help.
To fuel this program, we need fresh tumor tissue samples, from many different people—people with different types of NETs, treatment histories, and backgrounds. The more tissue sample donations we receive, the better our chance of finding answers for the questions holding back NET research. Learn how you can help.
Still not sure? We want to make sure all your questions are answered. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about NET tissue donation.
Tumor tissue is the key to answering essential questions about NETs.