PCRC has collected a unique population-based clinical data, germ-line DNA and tumor tissues sample banks from the Pirkanmaa Hospital District with a catchment population of 460 000. It is the second biggest Hospital District in Finland. The clinical database contains information on diagnosis, stage, grade, treatment, follow-up, etc.

Clinical database

-full clinical data
with follow-up


cell lines
cell lines

Sample banks
Germ-line DNA:
– HPC families
– consecutive prostate cancer patients
– BPH patients
– population controls
Freshly frozen samples:
– tumor specimens, including local, metastases, hormone-naive and castration-resistant
– bone marrow specimens
– blood cell pellets
TMAs (formalin-fixed):
– prostatectomy specimens
– castration-resistant tumors
– metastases
Samples from clinical trials (formalin-fixed):
– intermittent androgen ablation trial
– hormonal neoadjuvant trial
Serum, plasma, urine
– consecutive prostate cancer patients

Integrated data and sample
management system

Structure of the data/biobanks