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Tissue Archive a Rich Source of Specimens for Cancer Research

​Each year, approximately six million dogs develop cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, prostate carcinoma, lung carcinoma, mammary carcinoma, melanoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and osteosarcoma. These  cancer types in dogs share tumor histology, biology, and behavior similar to human cancers, making them excellent models for the study of human cancers.

In September 2003, the Flint Animal Cancer Center began a tissue-archiving program to collect and store tissue sample from dogs and cats with cancer. The samples are collected from patients whose owners give their consent to participate. Once collected, samples are processed, catalogued, and stored in controlled conditions through the use of ultra-low temperature freezers.

The archive currently stores more than 21,000 tissue, blood, and urine samples from canine and feline cancer patients. These high-quality bio-specimens are available to scientists around the world who are interested in learning more about human disease through the study of canine cancer.