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The academic home of the UCC Cancer Trials Group (UCC CTG) is within Cancer Research @UCC – a translational cancer research centre within the College of Medicine & Health, University College Cork. Situated on the 4th floor of UCC’s Western Gateway Building, the centre interfaces with cancer researchers across UCC and (inter)nationally, and with UCC affiliated regional hospitals and cancer clinical trials units.

The Group’s clinical trials sites are located at Cork University Hospital, University Hospital Waterford and the Bon Secours Cork Cancer Centre.

UCC CTG is supported by the HRB Clinical Research Facility-UCC, which facilitates the high-quality conduct of Patient Focused Research in UCC and its affiliated hospitals in the South and South-West Hospital Group (SSWHG).

Cork University Hospital

Cork University Hospital (CUH) is the largest National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) designated cancer centre in the South of Ireland and a European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) designated centre for integrated oncology and palliative care. It is also a member of the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI). The provision of high-quality care for patients at risk of and with a diagnosis of cancer, as well as integration with innovative education and research initiatives, is central to its mission.

Core clinical facilities include inpatient, outpatient and chemotherapy day ward services as well as a state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology Cancer Centre in the Glandore Centre at CUH; one of the largest single site Radiation Oncology facilities in Ireland.

CUH houses a robust cancer clinical trials unit (Cancer Trials Cork) and the Clinical Research Facility-UCC to ensure access to novel diagnostics and therapies for patients with cancer. The broad portfolio encompasses phase I-III therapeutic trials in haematologic/solid malignancies, radiation therapy and surgery; including academic collaborative trials via Cancer Trials Ireland and industry trials, with a developing portfolio of UCC sponsored investigator-initiated trials led by our oncologists.

University Hospital Waterford

University Hospital Waterford (UHW) is the designated cancer centre for the Southeast of Ireland, providing rapid access assessment for various cancer types. The Dunmore Wing, a state-of-the-art facility opened in 2019, has a dedicated oncology space with 24 individual en-suite rooms for oncology/haematology patients. Haematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care is provided through the hospital’s inpatient and day care facilities.

UHW’s cancer clinical trials unit (Cancer Trials Waterford) was founded in 1999 and has a wide variety of cancer trials currently open and in the pipeline. Clinical trials patients attend the hospital’s oncology/haematology day ward for outpatient treatment and follow up for clinical trial procedures. The Clinical Research Facility-UCC also has a footprint in UHW to facilitate support of clinical and translational research on site.

Bon Secours Cork Cancer Centre

The Bon Secours Cork Cancer Centre (BSCCC) is a state of the art, purpose built facility opened in 2019. BSCCC is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and is a European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) designated centre for integrated oncology and palliative care. The building holds both medical and radiotherapy oncology units in one building, allowing for holistic comprehensive care for all oncology patients.

There is also a new oncology ward with 27 en-suite rooms and an oncology day ward. There is an innovative pharmacy compounding unit on site, which provides individualised chemotherapy treatments.

Cancer clinical trials have been running in the Bons Secours Hospital Cork since 1998 and in that time the Bons team have opened over 70 clinical trials and cared for over 700 patients. In the last decade we have partnered with the team at Cork University Hospital to rebrand as Cancer Trials Cork at BSCCC.

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