Tissue Acquisition and the AZCC Tumor Bank

• TACMASS home page

TACMASR collects, preserves, and banks biospecimens obtained from the University of Arizona Cancer Center surgical patients who are seen by the University of Arizona Medical Center surgeons and oncologists.

The patient’s surgeon or oncologist is responsible for consenting the patient for submission of surgical specimens to the UACC BioRepository (IRB #06-0609-04, Setsuko Chambers, PI).

Biospecimens collected at the time of surgery include fresh surgical tissue, blood and urine. Serum, plasma and genomic DNA are harvested from the whole blood. 

The surgeon and the Department of Pathology attending physicians and residents are responsible for identifying appropriate tissue for banking that will not compromise pathological diagnosis.

Tumor and/or normal adjacent tissue, identified by gross examination, that will not be needed for pathological diagnosis are preserved by fixing in formalin, snap freezing, and/or fixing in RNALaterTM.

Histological diagnosis is rendered on each piece of formalin-fixed and snap frozen tissue by Hematoxylin and Eosin staining (H&E).

Any member of the University of Arizona/University Medical Center faculty, performing surgical procedures and interested in submitting biospecimens to the bank, please read the TACMASR information available in "How to Submit to Specimens to the UACC Tumor Bank."

UACC Members and collaborators may request the use of banked biospecimens through TACMASR. 

For further information please contact us.


Everyone involved in submitting specimens to the Tumor Bank must maintain a current CITI Certification. For more information read about our CITI Certification Program.