As highlighted at the Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Conference 2023, people with MBC can provide hope for other people with MBC by donating their tissue to research after they die. Tissue donation can be done by arranging a rapid autopsy in advance. The research team works with MBC patients and their families to provide support about this difficult topic and make arrangements.
Visit the sites below to learn more about tissue donation for research.
Introduction to Why Rapid Autopsies are Valuable in Research
- Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Conference 2023 (video): Researcher Dr. Steffi Oesterreich and MBC patient advocate Stephanie Walker talk about the Hope for OTHERS tissue donation program and how to learn about other similar programs
- CURE Today: MBC patient advocate Martha Carlson discusses the important yet difficult topic of tissue donation after death from MBC
Research Groups that are Using Tissue Donated After Death for MBC Research
- University of Pittsburgh (article and video): The Hope for OTHERS tissue donation program was established to advance MBC research
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Donated tissue can help researchers understand why breast cancer spreads
- Massachusetts General Hospital: Family members, as well as the patient, have a voice in this decision
Last Modified on October 31, 2023