Donating excess surgical tissue to our BioBank will not alter your treatment or diagnosis in any way. A small portion of the tissue not needed for routine tests would be stored in the tissue bank. Tissue removed from your body during surgery will always be used first to diagnose your medical condition and determine the best course of medical treatment.
When you are asked if you are willing to participate in this project, a BioBanking staff member, usually a research nurse, will explain the donation process and the general nature of the research being done, as well as answer any questions or concerns.
A Consent Form will be given to you for review. The consent form outlines the tissue banking project and highlights your rights as a tissue donor. The one available online is for review only as a true consent must be signed with a research nurse present.
If you decide to donate, you would sign the consent form confirming your willingness to participate. A copy of the signed consent form is given to you for your own records. After the surgery is completed, any tissue that is banked is identified with a barcode, instead of your name, to help ensure confidentiality. The bar code is linked to the medical record in a locked file maintained by the research nurse.
The tissue and related clinical information are made available to researchers at Maine Medical Center Research Institute, universities, clinical trials groups, pharmaceutical companies, or commercial tissue banking companies.