Henry Ford Hospital Cancer Tissue Biorepository

The Henry Ford Cancer Tissue Biorepository started procuring frozen prostate sections in February 1999. This was made possible by an NIH grant (PI: Dr. Zarbo). From 1999 to 2009, over 5,000 prostate biospecimens (n = 5,396) have been procured with 879 of these having matching frozen specimens (see Table). Frozen tissues are also being collected for other cancer types (see Table). The tissue type, availability, and date of procurement for each specimen can be obtained through the biomaterial tracking database. With appropriate IRB approval, investigators can obtain the patient medical record number linked to the tumor registry data and hospital information for data on lab results, patient history and treatment.

Contact information:

Dhananjay Chitale, M.D.


(313) 598-3224

Tissue Type Number Available
Adrenal gland and paraganglionic system 44
Anal canal 6
Appendix 1
Bladder 48
Bone and joint 6
Breast 416
Central nervous system 18
Cervix 3
Esophagus 11
Kidney 222
Large Bowel 474
Larynx 18
Liver, gall bladder, biliary tree 50
Lung 234
Lymph nodes 57
Mediastinum 16
Omentum 9
Oral cavity 8
Other Sites 5
Ovary and fallopian tube 71
Pancreas 50
Parathyroid gland 18
Penis 3
Peripheral nervous system 2
Peritoneum 2
Pharynx 36
Pleura 2
Prostate 879
Sinus 1
Skin 4
Small Bowel 12
Soft Tissue 118
Spleen 17
Stomach 93
Testis 40
Thyroid Gland 178
Ureter 3
Uterus 164
Vagina 1
Grand Total 3340
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