Austrian Breast & Colorectal Cancer Study Group (ABCSG)


  • Research and education institutions
  • Founded in: 1984
  • Type: Non-university research institute
  • Focus: Applied research
  • Research area: Medical and health sciences
  • Cluster Membership: LISAvienna
  • Profile:

    ABCSG (Austrian Breast & Colorectal Cancer Study Group) is an Austrian organisation that conducts internationally respected clinical trials to investigate breast and colon cancer. Our primary objectives are to standardise diagnosis, therapy and post-treatment of breast and colon cancer throughout Austria, and to provide patients with the latest and best possible treatments. 25,000 patients have participated in ABCSG trials since 1984.

  • R&D:

    ABCSG’s area of study initially concentrated on breast cancer, before focussing on colorectal cancer. The organisation is now beginning to investigate Other forms of cancer. By this time, ABCSG is also conducting studies on liver metastases and pancreatic cancer. The medical need for such research is very high. Pancreatic cancer may only be the eleventh most common form of cancer, but it is the fourth most common cause of tumour-related fatalities.

  • Services:

    ABCSG is associated with 100 medical centres in Austria – encompassing a network of approximately 900 investigators and 250 study nurses. All investigators and study nurses undertake to participate in national quality checks. Clinical trials are conducted with maximum transparency, and are monitored by ethics commissions and the responsible authorities at every stage. The safety and welfare of participants in our trials is of greater importance than the interests of science.