Since 1990, the research team has been developing a Cancer Biobank with the financial support of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute. This collection of clinical samples is vital for the research team to be able to investigate the various biological markers of cancer.
Samples may be collected from patients from several hospitals in Ireland, such as Bons Secours Cork, Beaumont Hospital, St James’s Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Letterkenny University Hospital as well as University Hospital Galway. Specimens include blood and tissue samples. All samples are coded and anonymised before low temperature storage.
Patients who volunteer to donate their samples are requested to sign an approved consent form. The Cancer Biobank has received ethical approval from the Galway University Hospital’s Clinical Research Ethics Committee.