The collection of secondary tumour samples from patients for new research aimed at preventing breast cancer related deaths

Start Year: 2012
Finish Year: 2012
Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Robin Anderson
Grant Type: Other
Institution: University of Melbourne

Think Tank

Breast Cancer is a curable disease for most people, however in 15-20% of cases, the disease returns, spreading to other organs and leading to death. Currently, we do not have effective therapies to cure patients who develop secondary disease. One reason for this is a fragmented knowledge of the molecular events that drive the recurrence of breast cancer.

Associate Professor Anderson aims to establish a tissue bank of primary and secondary breast tumours from the same patient. Access to tumour tissues from patients with recurrent disease will be made available to researchers to facilitate their projects. This tissue bank will help accelerate our knowledge of these molecular events and facilitate our search for better therapies.