Interventional radiologist Constantinos Sofocleous discussed a study he led that found that irreversible electroporation, a technique that sends electrical pulses via tiny needles directly to tumors, successfully destroys cancer cells without harming nearby healthy cells.
Gynecologist and geneticist Noah Kauff commented on a study that found that women diagnosed with uterine cancer may have a higher risk of developing colon cancer later in life. He said the increased risk could be due to women with a hereditary condition known as Lynch syndrome.
Visible Ink founder Judith Kelman discussed the Memorial Sloan Kettering program she runs that connects patients with experienced writers, editors, and teachers to help them tell their stories in writing. A Memorial Sloan Kettering patient and program participant was also interviewed.
Endocrinologist James Fagin spoke about a study he led that found that an investigational drug may help some patients with thyroid cancer who are unable to absorb radioactive iodine, the most effective therapy for the disease.
Medical oncologist Renier Brentjens was interviewed about a study he co-led with cell researcher Michel Sadelain that found that genetically modified immune cells were able to induce complete remissions in patients with advanced B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Medical oncologist Renier Brentjens and cell researcher Michel Sadelain reported for the first time that genetically modified immune cells were able to induce complete remissions in all five patients treated with the experimental therapy. Patients had advanced B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a disease with limited treatment options.