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    When you had surgery to take out your tumor, did they ask you if you wanted to donate it to research?

    Asked by WhatNextEmails on Monday, June 17, 2019

    When you had surgery to take out your tumor, did they ask you if you wanted to donate it to research?

    If so, did you? What details did they offer you?

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    • marz's Avatar

      I was of the impression that they basically do that anyway no matter what. I suppose it depends on the type of and size of your tumor.
      Or maybe there’s a specific company or research project or something that they need additional authorization from you to be able to share it sounds logical... I don’t mind sending things to research but I do mind that Not only do I not get as thorough of reports back from the research done as possible… Sure I like benefiting others but it’s also a benefit to myself… Also I really hate that I’m not allowed to take a souvenir home of my own body seriously ha ha

      If you’re specifically being asked this and to sign extra forms my two cents is read all the fine print ask a lot of questions and take notes and it can never hurt to ask for compensation

      4 months ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      Nope. No such question was asked. Figured my body parts got cremated as medical waste.

      4 months ago
    • Lynne-I-Am's Avatar

      Yes. I signed consent papers before my surgery. I had my surgery at a teaching hospital where the medical residents are rotated into research for one year as part of their residency. I was told my tumor sample would be stored for an unspecified number of years.

      4 months ago
    • SandiA's Avatar

      No one asked. I would have if anyone had asked me but to be honest didn’t even think about it. Later when I qualified for the clinical trial they requested a lung biopsy for research for the trial. I was told I could refuse but I told them I would be more than willing. There was no special paperwork because I had already completed the trial paperwork.

      4 months ago
    • NeckCancer's Avatar

      Yes, I was asked if some polyps were removed if I would allow them to be used, also they swabbed my throat and said that would be put into a database of thousands of head and neck cancer patients data to monitor changes, new Dx's, and other things. It sounds interesting and I am happy to be a part of it if it will help others in the future.

      4 months ago

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