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QUAlity biobank iNvesTigating Urological Malignancies (QUANTUM) logo

The QUANTUN Biobank will collect tissue samples gifted by patients and relevant information from their medical records for use in medical research. These projects may include ones studying the causes of prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and penile cancer; the effects of existing drugs, and the development of new drugs to treat these cancers. Researchers may test samples for genetic abnormalities which may contribute to causing prostate, bladder, kidney, testicular and penile cancer. Researchers may create cell lines from the samples by growing the cells in the laboratory (in a Petri dish) to generate more cells and provide material which can be subsequently used for research.  

If you are invited and interested in participating in the QUANTUM Biobank you will be asked to consent to gift your samples of tissue and/or blood and/ or urine for research. These might include:

  1. Surplus samples collected in the past from your previous biopsies (if applicable)
  2. Extra samples to be collected during your planned future clinical procedures
  3. Additional samples to be collected during your future visits for research only which will require additional procedures. 

A member of the QUANTUM Biobank team will talk to you about the Biobank and provide you with a detailed Participant Information Sheet (PIS). They will be able to discuss the Biobank with you in detail and answer any questions you may have about the Biobank before asking you to sign a consent form. If you wish you will be able to consent over the phone or video call.

Please note that you may withdraw from the QUANTUM Biobank at any point without having to give a reason if you so wish. There are different ways of withdrawing consent which the Team member will discuss with you.  

All personal information that is collected about you will be kept strictly confidential and will only be accessible to the named QUANTUM Biobank staff who need to know this information for administrative purposes.