Ovarian Cancer Tissue Microarrays
The ovarian cancer tissue microarray facility holds samples from a number of ovarian cancer case series, including the samples from all available moderate/high risk (“early”) ovarian cancer cases in the province for the period 1984-2000 (541 samples). This was created by Dr. Blake Gilks and is the largest tissue microarray of low-stage/early ovarian cancer samples in the world. This population based series was generated in the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Center, a laboratory supported by a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Unit Grant and is being used by over 20 different local and international collaborative studies. Two other ovarian cancer tissue microarrays are also built (extreme risk, or high-stage cases, and cases collected prospectively from the Dept of Pathology at Vancouver General Hospital, as part of the ovarian cancer tumor bank, respectively) and are available to interested collaborators. All samples in the tissue microarray are linked to clinical outcomes at the Cheryl Brown Ovarian Cancer Outcomes Unit.