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Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Stance on the High Cost of Cancer Drugs

MSK physicians Peter Bach and Leonard Saltz sparked a national debate in 2012 when they published an op-ed in the New York Times detailing Memorial Sloan Kettering’s refusal to include a new colorectal cancer drug on the hospital’s formulary because of its high cost. Drs. Bach and Saltz continue to engage the media in this discussion, appearing most recently on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Both are available to discuss the burden these high prices have on patients, the current healthcare marketplace that allows cancer drugs to be priced so high, and what the medical community is poised to do about it. For more information and to set up an interview, email the Media Staff at mediastaff@mskcc.org.

Monday, October 6, 2014
First Anti-PD-1 Drug Approved by FDA for Patients with Advanced Melanoma

The first in a new class of immunotherapy drugs was granted FDA approval on September 4, 2014. MSK physicians played a major role in the clinical trials that led to its approval and are continuing to conduct trials using the therapy in melanoma and other cancers.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Memorial Sloan Kettering Study Finds Robotic Surgery No Better Than Open Procedure for Bladder Cancer

Physicians at Memorial Sloan Kettering have found that robotic surgery to remove a cancerous bladder did not reduce the risk of complications as compared with traditional open surgery. Findings were published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study was conducted at MSK with surgeons experienced in both procedures and raises questions about the cost effectiveness of robotic surgery. For more information and to set up interviews with Dr. Bernard Bochner or Dr. Vincent Laudone, please contact Emily O’Donnell at odonnele@mskcc.org.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Brings Cancer Care Closer to Home for Hudson Valley Residents

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s suburban presence is expanding with its newest and largest state-of-the-art facility set to welcome patients on October 6 in West Harrison, New York.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
New Academic-Industry Partnership Creates Online Registry for Patients Tested for Inherited Cancer Risk

The Prospective Registry Of Multi-Plex Testing (PROMPT) - a new online, volunteer registry for individuals who have been tested for inherited mutations in cancer-causing genes - will provide data vital to improving our understanding of newly discovered, cancer-associated genes and allow current and future generations to better interpret and benefit from knowledge of their genomes.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Officially Certified as the First Member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute has been formally certified as the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for cancer patients in community healthcare settings.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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The Enemy’s Telltale Mark: Researchers Find Novel Way Body Defends against Harmful Bacteria

MSK researchers discover that the body senses and attacks harmful bacteria indirectly after the pathogens cause stress within the cells.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Clearing Up Clinical Trials: Myths and Misconceptions

Medical oncologist Paul Sabbatini demystifies common misconceptions surrounding clinical trials.

Monday, October 20, 2014
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Directed Blood Donations: A Gift to Cancer Patients

For family and friends looking to contribute in any way they can, giving blood on behalf of a particular patient can be a great help.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Cancer: Unpronounceable Drugs, Incomprehensible Prices

Epidemiologist Peter Bach commented on the continued rise in cancer drug prices.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Gene Mutation Discovered In Breast Cancer Research

Clinical geneticist Kenneth Offit discussed new findings about a gene called PALB2 that is linked to breast cancer.

Friday, August 8, 2014
Early Stem Cell Transplant Vital in 'Bubble Boy' Disease

Pediatric oncologist Richard O’Reilly discussed a study he led that confirms that transplantation for severe combined immunodeficiency works well in very young children.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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