Research collaborations with the Last Wish Program

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COVID-19 Pause Notice

3/16/2020: Thank you for your interest in the Last Wish Program (LWP); your generous consideration for research donation is important to us. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the LWP will not be enrolling any new patients or performing any autopsies for existing patients until further notice. Please refer to our webpage for updates.

The immense generosity of patients who donate their bodies to the Last Wish Program (LWP) has allowed us to build a valuable repository of tumor and non-neoplastic samples of a breadth (e.g. multiple anatomic sites) and depth (e.g. multiple regions of tumors) that would not be obtainable antemortem. The LWP archive includes a wide variety of frozen and paraffin-embedded tissue samples.

We work collaboratively with MSK investigators on research studies. 

The LWP team includes pathologists, administrative staff, and technicians who can facilitate (among other things):

  • pathology review and qualitative and/or quantitative characterization of pathologic phenotypes
  • selection of optimal specimens and material for analysis
  • preparation of stained or unstained slides
  • immunohistochemistry (staining and interpretation)
  • nucleic acid extraction

Please contact us to discuss the specific needs of your project — we look forward to working with you.