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New Targeted Therapy Effective in Treating Advanced Prostate Cancer

An experimental drug is showing promise for the treatment of men with an aggressive form of advanced prostate cancer. A new multicenter study has concluded that the targeted therapy MDV3100 is safe and effective for patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer, known for its poor prognosis and limited treatment options.

April 14, 2010
Harold Varmus to Step Down as President of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Harold Varmus, the president of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) since the start of 2000, announced today that he has asked the MSKCC Boards of Overseers and Managers to begin a search for his successor.

January 12, 2010


Self-Seeding of Cancer Cells May Play a Critical Role in Tumor Progression

Cancer progression is commonly thought of as a process involving the growth of a primary tumor followed by metastasis, in which cancer cells leave the primary tumor and spread to distant organs. A new study by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center shows that circulating tumor cells - cancer cells that break away from a primary tumor and disseminate to other areas of the body - can also return to and grow in their tumor of origin, a newly discovered process called “self-seeding.

December 24, 2009
Prostate Cancer Surgery Often Performed by Surgeons with Little Experience

A new study from researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has found that the majority of surgeons treating prostate cancer in the United States have extremely low annual caseloads, potentially leading to increased rates of both surgical complications and cancer recurrence.

November 18, 2009
Cancer Patients and Doctors Report Drug Side Effects Differently, but When Combined Improve Reporting of Adverse Effects, Study Shows

In clinical trials for cancer, it is standard for clinicians rather than patients to report adverse symptom side effects from treatments, such as nausea and fatigue. At present, patient self-reporting, although important, is not a well studied source of this information. A new longitudinal study from researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center finds that while clinicians’ and patients’ reporting of treatment side effects are very different from each other, together they provide a more complete, clinically meaningful picture of the treatment experience.

November 16, 2009
Study Examines Mastectomy and Breast-Conserving Surgery Rates

There is concern that mastectomy is over-utilized in the United States, which raises questions about the role of surgeons and patient preference in treatment selection for breast cancer. New data from an observational study published in the October 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on surgical care, found that breast-conserving surgery was presented and provided in the majority of patients evaluated.

October 13, 2009
New Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center and MSKCC Imaging Center Opens

The new Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Imaging Center have opened, offering patients the most advanced outpatient services for cancer diagnosis and breast cancer treatment and detection.

October 5, 2009
Paul Marks Prize Recognizes Three Young Cancer Researchers

Three young investigators who have taken significant steps toward advancing the understanding of cancer will be the recipients of this year’s Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, a prize awarded biennially since 2001 to scientists under the age of forty-six by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

September 29, 2009
Charles Sawyers Honored with 2009 Lasker~DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center physician-scientist Charles L. Sawyers has been named a recipient of the 2009 Lasker~DeBakey Award for Clinical Medical Research.

September 14, 2009
In the Modern Post-PSA Era, Prostate Cancer Surgery May Not be Necessary for Some Patients

Investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, along with collaborating teams at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Michigan, have completed the first large-scale, multi-institutional study of prostate cancer death after standard treatment to remove the prostate since PSA screening has become widely used as a method to screen for the disease.

July 27, 2009
Researchers Find Genetic Key to Breast Cancer's Ability to Survive and Spread

New research led by investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center sheds light on a genetic function that gives breast cancer cells the ability to survive and spread to the bone years after treatment has been administered.

July 6, 2009
Research Reveals What Drives Lung Cancer's Spread

A new study by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center reveals the genetic underpinnings of what causes lung cancer to quickly metastasize, or spread, to the brain and the bone - the two most prominent sites of lung cancer relapse.

July 2, 2009
Study Shows Drug Combination Improves Outcome for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

A new, international study found that the combination of two drugs delays disease progression for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

May 30, 2009
Surgery Not Necessary for Most Late-Stage Colorectal Cancers

A new study shows that a large majority of patients who present with advanced colorectal cancer that has spread to other organs (stage IV) don’t require immediate surgery to remove the primary tumor in the colon.

May 30, 2009
Memorial Sloan Kettering Investigator Named Dream Team Leader by Stand Up To Cancer

Charles Sawyers, MD, Director of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, has been named a “Dream Team” leader by Stand Up To Cancer and will co-lead a collaborative team that will receive $15 million to study targeted therapies to treat women’s cancers.

May 27, 2009
Genes Found to Play a Role in Breast Cancer's Spread to the Brain

New research led by investigators at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center identifies three genes that specifically mediate the metastasis, or spread, of breast cancer to the brain and illuminates the mechanisms by which this spread occurs.

May 6, 2009
New Minimally Invasive Surgery Option for Patients with Stomach Cancer

A novel, minimally invasive surgical approach to treat stomach cancer has been shown to have advantages that may make it a preferable treatment for some patients.

April 15, 2009
Drug Shows Activity in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

A new multi-center study shows that an experimental drug lowers prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels - a marker for tumor growth - in men with advanced prostate cancer for whom traditional treatment options have failed.

April 9, 2009
Genetic Abnormality May Increase Risk of Blood Disorders

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have shown for the first time that a tendency to develop some blood disorders may be inherited.

March 15, 2009
NIH Awards $15.9 Million to CCNY and Memorial Sloan Kettering to Create Partnership to Address Cancer Disparities

The National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute has awarded The City College of New York and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center a $15.9 million grant to implement a unique partnership in cancer research, education, and outreach.

February 25, 2009
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