Information for Patients
If you are attending one of our collection sites to have samples taken, which is part of your routine treatment, you may be approached to also give your consent to donate samples to the MCRC Biobank. The consent may be taken by one of our Biobank Technicians or by one of your doctors or nurses.
Biobank Consent Process
In addition to consent in person, we have also recently been taking consent via the post and over the phone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is useful for us to access any leftover samples that have been taken during the course of your treatment or to reduce the need for us to see you face to face when you come on site.
Giving consent to the Biobank is completely optional. You can also decide what sort of research you give your consent to and which samples you would like to donate.
If you decline consent, this will not impact your treatment and there is also a consent withdrawal process for those who change their minds.
We have different patient information sheets and consent forms depending on your diagnosis – if you have a solid tumour diagnosis or you are having non-cancer surgery (we need non-cancer tissue too!) then you will sign our solid tumour/tissue consent form. If you have a blood disorder then you will consent to the heamtological malignancy arm of the biobank. You can find out forms linked below.
About the MCRC Biobank
Established in 2008, the MCRC Biobank has transformed the way biological samples are collected and supplied for ground-breaking cancer research projects within the Manchester Cancer Research Centre and beyond.