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2013

Westchester Medical Center Opens New Outpatient Oncology Center in Partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering

Westchester Medical Center today announced the opening of its new 5,300-square-foot outpatient Infusion Center, ushering in a new partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, whose staff will provide outpatient cancer care and infusion services.

February 13, 2013
IBM Watson Hard At Work: New Breakthroughs Transform Quality Care for Patients

IBM, WellPoint, Inc., and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center today unveiled the first commercially developed Watson-based cognitive computing breakthroughs. These innovations stand alone to help transform the quality and speed of care delivered to patients through individualized, evidence-based medicine.

February 8, 2013
New Position Created to Streamline, Accelerate, and Expand Clinical Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has announced the appointment of medical oncologist Paul Sabbatini to the new position of Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Clinical Research.

January 17, 2013

2012

David M. Rubenstein Gives $10 Million to Launch Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering

A new pancreatic cancer research center has been created at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). The ambitious initiative was established with an initial commitment of $10 million from MSKCC Board member David M. Rubenstein.

December 7, 2012
Medication Before and After Treatment Improves Overall Sexual Function in Men with Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer patients who are prescribed oral erectile medication before and after radiation therapy have improved sexual function, according to a research team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

October 29, 2012
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Announces Appointment of New Physician-in-Chief

Internationally recognized physician-scientist José Baselga has been named Physician-in-Chief of Memorial Hospital. He joins Memorial Sloan Kettering from Massachusetts General Hospital.

September 5, 2012
Childhood Cancer Treatment Found to Pose Similar Risk for Breast Cancer as BRCA Mutations

New data reveals that women treated with radiation to the chest for childhood cancer have a high risk of developing breast cancer similar to that of women with BRCA1/2 mutations. The study, led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center biostatistician Chaya Moskowitz, PhD, was presented today at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

June 4, 2012
Testing for Mutations Identified in Squamous Cell Lung Cancer Tumors Helps Personalize Treatment

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have begun testing for three new genetic targets and found that together they occur in approximately 50 percent of patients with squamous cell carcinomas of the lung, which affects 40,000 Americans each year. Initial findings of the research will be presented on June 4 at the 2012 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

May 16, 2012
Memorial Sloan Kettering Commack Offers Free Mammograms to Eligible Women on Long Island

Women on Long Island who don’t have insurance or who are underinsured may be able to take advantage of free mammograms at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Commack.

May 8, 2012
Memorial Sloan Kettering's Website Nominated for Webby Award

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s website has been nominated for The Webby Award, the most prestigious international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Selected from among nearly 10,000 total entries, the Center’s website is one of five nominated in the Health category.

April 12, 2012
Antibody Therapy Prevents Gastrointestinal Damage following Radiation Exposure in Mice

A new study offers the first evidence of a drug capable of preventing lethal damage to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract caused by exposure to high levels of ionizing radiation, such as those occurring during a nuclear incident.

April 4, 2012
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, IBM to Collaborate in Applying Watson Technology to Help Oncologists

Memorial Sloan Kettering and IBM have agreed to collaborate on the development of a powerful tool built upon IBM Watson to provide medical professionals with improved access to comprehensive cancer data and practices.

March 22, 2012
Genetic Profiling Can Help Doctors More Accurately Predict Prognosis and Guide Treatment Decisions for Leukemia Patients

Researchers have identified a set of genetic abnormalities in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) that doctors can use to more accurately predict patients’ prognoses and select treatments that are most likely to benefit them. The study, led by investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will be published in the March 22 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

March 14, 2012
Rare Medical Phenomenon Of Systemic Tumor Disappearance Following Local Radiation Treatment Reported In A Patient With Metastatic Melanoma

A rarely seen phenomenon in cancer patients — in which focused radiation to the site of one tumor is associated with the disappearance of metastatic tumors all over the body — has been reported in a patient with melanoma treated with the immunotherapeutic agent ipilimumab (Yervoy™).

March 7, 2012
Colonoscopy Prevents Deaths From Colon Cancer

For the first time, a new study has shown that removing polyps by colonoscopy not only prevents colorectal cancer from developing, but also prevents deaths from the disease. Patients in the study were evaluated for up to 23 years after having the procedure, providing the longest follow-up results to date.

February 22, 2012
Cycle for Survival Event Advances Research and Treatments for Rare Cancers

More than 10,000 people nationwide will participate in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s sixth annual Cycle for Survival event taking place this February at Equinox clubs in New York City, Long Island, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

February 1, 2012
Targeted Therapy Improves Overall Survival in Men with Late-Stage Prostate Cancer

The investigational oral drug MDV3100 significantly improved overall survival in patients with advanced prostate cancer, results of a large, phase III study show.

January 31, 2012

2011

Memorial Sloan Kettering Receives $50 Million in Honor of Josie Robertson

As a tribute to Memorial Sloan Kettering Board member Josephine “Josie” Robertson, Memorial Sloan Kettering has joined with The Robertson Foundation to undertake two high-profile initiatives — the Josie Robertson Surgery Center and the Josie Robertson Investigators Program — made possible by a $50 million commitment from The Robertson Foundation.

December 21, 2011
Experimental Treatment Could Improve Stem Cell Transplants

A Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center study suggests that a new, experimental treatment could make bone marrow and stem cell transplantation more effective and safe.

December 10, 2011
Researchers Discover Why New Melanoma Drug Stops Working

Research led by investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering has identified a previously unknown mechanism of resistance to the newly approved melanoma drug, vemurafenib.

November 23, 2011
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