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The Cancer Society Tissue Bank

The Cancer Society Tissue Bank (CSTB) underpins cancer research using human samples. The samples are provided through a collection process that is ethically, legally, culturally and scientifically sound.

The bank is a collaboration involving the University of Otago, Christchurch, the Canterbury District Health Board and the Canterbury/West Coast division of the Cancer Society New Zealand.

Tissue banking for cancer research

The CSTB provides tissues as well as clinicopathological data to researchers.

High quality research outcomes are sought as researchers are guided through the study planning process. 

Only samples that have pre-analytical conditions that will best support the proposed molecular analysis are selected

How the Cancer Society Tissue Bank supports cancer research

  • Since 1996 over 9000 patients have become donors
  •  A number of donors have donated multiple times over the course of their disease and treatment
  • Many samples have now accrued 5 year and 10+ year clinical follow up data, enhancing the value of research outputs
  • Bowel, breast, kidney and prostate continue to be the most numerous cancer types collected, with smaller cohorts of rarer tumours and metastases
  • More than 60 studies have used complex sample and data sets from the bank
  • More than 10,000 samples of frozen tissue, paraffin blocked tissue, serum, plasma and DNA have been accessed

Tissue banking and cultural awareness

The CSTB offers our donors culturally appropriate tissue handling and final disposal with a karakia (blessing). A service for the karakia is held annually in the hospital chapel.

Contact the Cancer Society Tissue Bank

Helen Morrin
Curator, Cancer Society Tissue Bank
helen.morrin@otago.ac.nz