Funded through generous donations from the ABB foundation, the Thoracic Oncology Tissue Bank is a collection of lung, thymoma, and other cancerous tissues from the chest-cavity and is a tremendous asset for researchers at Yale Cancer Center to use in studying how cancer cells behave.
Beginning in 2007, an infrastructure was developed to get the tissue banking process off the ground. Malignant and normal tissue is preserved in three separate mediums to ensure adequate tissue for protein, genetic, and histopathologic analysis projects. Each tissue sample from our patients is organized and categorized using data storage software called CaTissue. Yale’s tissue bank is also networked with different research facilities across the country and allows researchers to look elsewhere for samples they might need for their research projects.