The £2 million project is being led by a leading surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, Prof Hemant Kocher, a consultant in pancreas and liver diseases.
He is bringing together surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, researchers and database experts to co-ordinate a national—and ultimately international—resource to help develop new treatments.
“This is crucial to help researchers investigate new treatments for this most lethal cancer,” Prof Kocher said. “We can help only a small number of patients with surgery at present—there’s little we can offer for the majority who are diagnosed and those whose cancer returns even after surgery.”
The tissue bank is being set up at Queen Mary’s Barts Cancer Institute to store tissue from patients who are undergoing biopsy or surgery at hospitals in London, Oxford, Southampton, Leicester and Swansea.