People believe that the worst day they or a loved one will have is hearing a cancer diagnosis. However, this is not the worst day. The worst day is when the doctor tells them there is no hope. They have tried everything. There is nothing more they can do. The cure for their cancer does not exist.

Breakthrough Cancer Research (Breakthrough) is working hard to make sure our family, friends and communities across Ireland have access to the best treatments for cancer and never have to hear the words, there is no hope.

Breakthrough is an Irish medical cancer research charity which was launched in 2011 to inspire and enable financial support for exceptional research into cancer in Ireland leading to more effective treatments for patients in Ireland and Internationally. 

Our focus is on:

  • funding world-class cancer research into poor prognosis cancer, which are poorly served by current treatment options
  • facilitating collaboration between scientists and clinicians across Ireland and Internationally
  • translating lab discoveries into new effective treatments for cancer patients today, tomorrow and into the future 

Thanks to your support we have invested over €4 million in cancer research, funding the efficient and effective development of new treatments for cancer. 



Breakthrough funds cancer research that responds to current clinical challenges and offers a clear and demonstrable path to positive clinical outcomes.  Research programmes funded by Breakthrough must focus on translating lab discoveries into new treatment opportunities.  To this end we work closely with clinicians in practice all over Ireland so that our research is targeted at finding new options for poor prognosis and currently incurable cancers. 

We are clinically focused, bringing the best and brightest together to tackle this disease.  Our funded scientists work directly with surgeons and physicians in practice so we can find new treatments for the most challenging cases.  Cancer can start in many places within the body but it is once a tumour has spread to secondary locations, the prognosis and treatment options change dramatically.  We have multiple research programmes focused on developing therapeutic options for this most lethal component of the disease.

We deliver results and strongly emphasize transferring research breakthroughs into clinical reality for the patient. Our funded researchers have already developed and pioneered six new treatments for cancer patients who did not respond to conventional therapies.

Monies raised through Breakthrough fundraising activities are used to support focused research programmes, directly fund scientists and purchase laboratory consumables.  Investment is intended to also 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.  Consultant physicians and surgeons collaborate with us across Ireland and do so at no cost to our charity; giving their time to our research voluntarily with the aim of improving the care and treatment of Irish patients.


There is hope and that hope is in research!




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