Patient samples offer the best way to study primary bone cancer in order to understand what is causing these cancers to develop and how we may treat them.

The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford sees around 120 patients with malignant bone cancer per year but at present patient samples are not routinely collected. Sample collection is challenging as this is a complex and time consuming activity.

This grant will allow the team at Oxford to recruit a dedicated biobank co-ordinator to oversee this process and ensure all patients are given the chance to contribute to research.

Research using patient samples and linked medical anonymised data gives the best insight in to primary bone cancer in order to make steps in improving treatments and outcomes for patients.

Oxford will join the other 4 primary bone cancer surgical centres to form a collaborative network, which will collect and share samples to fuel world class research.