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Sister Charity


In 2011, Breakthrough Cancer Research (Breakthrough) was established as the official fundraising body for the National Research Programmes administered by Cork Cancer Research Centre.  It builds on our history of over 16 years of research into cancer leading to more than 6 clinical trials and aims to better reflect the national and international impact of our work.


Breakthrough exists to inspire and enable financial support from the community for exceptional research leading to more effective treatments for patients in Ireland and beyond. Monies raised are used to support focused research programmes, directly funding scientists and purchase laboratory consumables at Cork Cancer Research Centre.  It will enhance facilities with state-of-the-art equipment and ensure that all cancer patients throughout Ireland have the opportunity to access the most up to date and effective treatment for their disease. The Doctors and Surgeons who work with us across Ireland do so at no cost and give of their time to our research voluntarily following in the ethos set out by our late founder Professor Gerald O'Sullivan.


Working closely with healthcare professionals, expert scientists, individual and corporate donors and volunteers, Breakthrough facilitates the investment of the community in the future of cancer care. There is hope and that hope is in research.