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The Danish Cancer Biobank


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The Danish Cancer Biobank (DCB) is a national collaboration between departments dealing with blood and tissue samples from cancer patients and contains data relating to these samples.

The primary aim is to improve diagnostics and treatment of carcinomas and to boost Danish translational cancer research to the highest international level. The aim is for DCB to contain biological material from all Danish cancer patients and for the material to reflect patients' full disease pathway.

The Danish Cancer Biobank is funded by the Danish Regions and by the hospitals where the work is done. The collaboration in DCB covers the whole country with centres at Aalborg Hospital, Herlev Hospital, Næstved Hospital, Odense University Hospital, Copenhagen University Hospital, and Aarhus University Hospital.

More details

Clinical quality, Scientific research

Collection Period

Collection Period
The Cancer Biobank holds blood/tissue samples from Danish patients with a possible diagnosis of cancer
Database Categories

Application requirements

The Regional Biobanks

When applying for access to data in one of the Danish Regional Biobanks, four requirements must be fulfilled before data can be delivered. First the project must be reported to The National Committee on Health Research Ethics. The Danish legislation require that all health-related research projects that comprise human biological material have obtained such approval. Secondly, the project must be managed by a Danish public researcher. Private researchers are only able to get access to anonymized data. Third, a contract needs to be signed between the researcher and the Biobank, and forth the Danish Data Protection Agency must approve the project.

When reporting to The National Committee on Health Research Ethics a list of demands is present. An online application form must be filled out, including a full project description. The Project description should include details on the planned analysis, time schedule, funding etc.

Application process

  • A Danish Public researcher can apply for access to the regional biobanks
  • Report the project to The National Committee on Health Research Ethics
  • Receive approval
  • Report the project to the Danish Data Protection Agency
  • Receive approval
  • Sign a contract between researcher and biobank
  • The samples are retrieved and handed out



As a public authority and data processor The Regional Biobanks are subject to Danish laws for treatment of personal data, that should secure that the Danish health data are treated right. These legislations include The Act on Processing of Personal Data (Danish: Persondataloven) and The Danish Act of Health (Danish: Sundhedloven).

Contact information

Data owner
Danish Regions
Contact data owner
Dampfærgevej 22
2100 København Ø
Website - data owner
Data administrator
Pathology Department, Herlev Hospital
Contact data administrator

Pathology Department, Herlev Hospital
T: 38 68 91 32

Website - data administrator