Rapid Research Autopsy Is a Stealthy but Growing Contributor to Cancer Research

Cancer. 2019 Sep 1;125(17):2915-2919. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32184. Epub 2019 May 15.


Rapid autopsy has been shown to be a powerful tool for advancing research at essentially no risk and with no distress to the contributing patient. Academic and health centers with a substantial investment in cancer research should consider using this emerging research support modality.

Keywords: autopsy; cancer research; metastases; postmortem; rapid autopsy; tumor heterogeneity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Autopsy / methods*
  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Biopsy
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / genetics
  • Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Single-Cell Analysis