Faster and more efficient

Rapid progress has been made in genomics and proteomics research in recent years. This has opened up new perspectives for medical diagnosis and treatment of cancer. ABCSG aims to make effective use of these new insights. To do this, it intends to establish a tumour bank to lead the fight against breast cancer and colorectal cancer – with greater speed and efficiency than ever before.

Collecting and analysing tissue

Tumour tissue contains vital information on genetic and other molecular changes inside the tumour that originally caused the cancer to develop. Using the latest methods of molecular biology and biochemistry, we could decrypt this information and use it for cancer research. This requires a tumour bank to be created, where tumours and healthy tissue can be stored and compared.

New in Austria

ABCSG has conducted clinical trials over a period of many years. As a result, it has access to a large amount of detailed patient data. This provides an excellent basis for our research, and increases the scientific value of a tumour bank. A combination of this nature is entirely unprecedented in Austria.


ABCSG must make tumour patients aware in advance that they will not suffer any harm by giving consent for their tumour tissue to be stored in a tumour bank. In fact, by giving their consent, they will be making a significant contribution to the development of new methods of diagnosis and treatment. The Ethics Committee will serve as the official supervisory body, as is the case for all clinical trials conducted by ABCSG.


abcsg.research was filed at the Ethics Commission as a translational research project, under the project title of ‘Prediction of response or resistance of tumours to therapy with anti-hormonal substances and/or chemotherapy with taxanes’. The project involved non-therapeutic biomedical research involving human subjects (basic research). The project application has been approved by the Ethics Committee. The application included the scientific protocol and patient information/consent form, and the requirement for sampling of tissue. This submission is updated annually by the trial coordination centre at ABCSG.