Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Department of Pediatrics held its seventh annual Pediatric Convocation honoring the thirty young men and women who earned their high school or high school equivalency diplomas this year.
Medical oncologist Andrew Seidman commented on a study that found that one in five black women with breast cancer were found to have inherited mutations on at least one of 18 genes linked to the disease.
Gynecologic Medical Oncology Service Chief Carol Aghajanian applauded a study that showed that using vinegar to screen for cervical cancer is an effective, low-cost alternative to the Pap smear and can help reduce the burden of disease in developing countries.
Medical oncologist Richard Carvajal discussed encouraging findings of a study he led that found that the experimental drug selumetinib is the first therapy able to improve progression-free survival and shrink tumors in patients with advanced uveal melanoma, a rare cancer of the eye.
Thoracic Oncology Service Chief Mark Kris spoke about Memorial Sloan Kettering’s collaboration with IBM to develop a new tool based upon IBM’s Watson computing system that will help doctors make treatment decisions.
Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs Larry Norton spoke about hereditary breast cancer following Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she underwent a prophylactic mastectomy after learning she carries the BRCA gene mutation, which increases the risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Immunologist Jedd Wolchok discussed a study he led that used a combination of immunotherapy drugs to fight melanoma. The findings suggest that these two drugs may work better together than on their own.