Questions that are frequently asked about Barcode for Life can be found below:
Questions that a frequently asked are listed below. Is your question not in the list below? Then feel free to email us your question, and we will answer it as soon as possible.
Why should I donate to Barcode for Life rather than to other cancer foundations?
We are ANBI approved and carry the CBF-label for charities and can provide proof that your contribution is passed on to the CPCT without deductions. We are therefore the only Dutch foundation that does nothing other than finance the long-term research into individual, tailormade treatments. The clinical cancer research that the CPCT is working on, amongst others is on the causes of the resistance to chemotherapy, and the development of personal treatment plans.
We were ahead of other foundations in recognizing the importance of the research that is now being done by the CPCT. We assisted in the establishment of the CPCT in 2010, as we provided the financing for the first DNA-sequencer. We were possibly also the first foundation that immediately saw that the methodology of the CPCT are generating results for all age groups and all different types of cancer.
Through our assistance and support, the CPCT has since the middle of 2011 been in the top 5 of the centers recognized for their work into researching the individual treatment of cancer. We are an indispensable link in the plans of the CPCT, because the CPCT not only gives a certain degree of continuity but also allows room to high-risk “out of the box” plan to which known, and even larger contributors do not have the opportunity to support.
We will stop contributing to the CPCT, only once they have been able to ensure that the developed and successful individual ‘tailor-made’ treatment of cancer can be financed entirely through regular money flows. The Supervisory Board, Management and volunteers are personally involved and do not work for the money.
We were awarded the highest score of all fund-raising foundations in the fight against cancer in the Charitable organizations “Trouw Top 50” in 2012 (around 800 charitable organizations completed the questionnaire). Click here for more information about Charitable organizations “Trouw Top 50” 2012.
Who are the participators in the CPCT?
The Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital, all University Medical Centers and a number of Clinical training hospitals (known as STZ ziekenhuizen). The CPCT aims to create a network which includes all hospitals in the Netherlands. Internationally this initiative is getting a lot of attention. Click here for more information about the CPCT and click here for more information about the research being done by the CPCT.
What is the goal of the CPCT?
The program of the CPCT covers fundamental, translational and applied medical research in the field of cancer with the aim to give the cancer patient individual tailor-made treatment. Key to this is the analysis of the DNA of the tumor of the patient and to combine these details with the clinical details into a data base which would enable a better prediction of a treatment.
IIs there a guarantee that based on the analysis the cancer patient’s treatment works very well and has no side effects?
No, not by definition. The treatment of cancer does not exist out of black and white choices. There are many grey areas, a treatment that probably works very well, but has many side effects, or a less effective treatment which has less side effects. Together with the patient a personal plan is mapped out.
If a company is generous in its sponsorship of Barcode for Life, then the employees and their immediate family members, should they be diagnosed with cancer are given preferential treatment?
No, preferential treatment is not given to specific patients.
Does your foundation pay a lot in overhead costs?
No. Barcode for Life aims to keep costs to absolute minimum. As Barcode for Life has the ANBI status this is guaranteed.
Supporting Barcode for Life: how does it work?
Once you have decided to and how you wish to support Barcode for Life and the CPCT, please contact us. There then follows a one on one discussion with you regarding your sponsorship how your donation can best be utilized. Of course, you can also donate via the website, either in a one off via iDeal, a credit card payment, or you can also choose to setup a recurring payment. Click here to support us.
What is fundamental or basic research?
Basic research is the study to origins of cancer, to the behavior of DNA in cells, to the way in which the behavior is influenced and so on. Fundamental research enables us to learn more about what cancer is and how it behaves. This knowledge is indispensable for the development of new medical treatments.
What is translational research?
This type of research aims to use the knowledge and information generated from the fundamental research and apply this in practice. Which also generates new information and knowledge, for example about DNA. Translational researchers ask the question: how is it possible to use this new information to improve treatment? Translational research can, for example, lead to new medication, new machines or new operating techniques. In this phase new therapies are made ready for practical application. There are tests done, for example on animals.
What is clinical research?
If everything indicates that the new therapy works, and that the side effects are less than the with the current treatment, and that the treatment is not unnecessarily expensive, then the clinical research can begin. That means that the new treatment is then made available for patients. In the clinical research, the results of the new treatment are tracked very closely.
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