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. 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 adult and pediatric 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

  • 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.