The UCSF Myeloma Program has a very active system of storing patient bone marrow, blood, urine and saliva for research purposes. These specimens are invaluable for researching causes and cures of myeloma and may even help patients specifically.
All patients are invited to have some of their bone marrow and other tissues studied and stored to better help the scientists at UCSF and elsewhere by providing primary tissues for use in research experiments.
In addition, some of the stored specimens may be shared with other laboratories and biotech companies outside of UCSF. These collaborations only occur after meticulous review of applications for tissue access and under the strictest of confidentiality contracts in which specimens are only identified by number, with no names ever attached