Sample types currently include:

  • Breast disease site - blood and breast tumour tissue obtained at the time of biopsy; and
  • Prostate disease site - blood, prostate tissue and urine obtained at the time of biopsy, and serial blood and urine samples on a subset of prostate cancer patients.

Data currently collected includes:

  • Baseline data (patient history, family history, diagnostic information, primary pathology, residual disease information);
  • Sample collection details;
  • Neoadjuvant treatment, adjuvant treatment and radiation therapy data;
  • Adverse events; and
  • Follow-up data.

The samples are available for use by all Lawson and Western University personnel.

Cryogenic freezer storage space is also available for a minimal fee.


To request the use of samples, discuss research projects or to inquire about a custom request, please contact the principal investigator, Dr. Muriel Brackstone at

For general questions, including more information about sample collection procedures and research application procedures, contact Kalan Lynn, Coordinator, at