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2006

Peter Scardino Named Chairman of Surgery

Peter Scardino, MD, has been named the new Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

July 5, 2006
State-of-the-Art Surgical Suites Open

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) has opened a new 72,000-square-foot surgical center that was uniquely designed to take advantage of the latest medical technology while enhancing patient safety and efficiency of care.

June 14, 2006
Cancer-Reducing Benefits of Preventive Surgery May Be Specific to Gene Mutation

ATLANTA, June 5, 2006 - A new multicenter study is the first to suggest that the prophylactic removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes may provide a different benefit for women who carry a genetic mutation in the BRCA2 gene than for those who have a BRCA1 genetic mutation. The results of the study, which are being presented today at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting, also provide the strongest evidence to date that this surgery significantly reduces the overall risk of BRCA-associated breast and ovarian cancers.

June 5, 2006
Targeted Therapy Shows Significant Benefits Over Standard Treatment for Advanced Kidney Cancer

ATLANTA, June 4, 2006 - According to a new study, the drug sunitinib malate (Sutent®) is more effective than the current standard cytokine treatment given as an initial therapy for patients with advanced kidney cancer, also known as metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC). The study is being presented today at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.

June 4, 2006
MSKCC Receives Record Gift of $100 Million from Mortimer B. Zuckerman for Cancer Research Facility

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) today announced a major commitment from publisher, real estate developer, and MSKCC Board member Mortimer B. Zuckerman of $100 million from his charitable trust toward Memorial Sloan Kettering’s new cancer research facility, including a 23-story laboratory structure that opens this month. Mr. Zuckerman’s donation is the largest single commitment by an individual in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s history.

May 10, 2006
New York Yankees and Memorial Sloan Kettering Launch Yankees Universe

The New York Yankees and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have announced a new and unprecedented initiative to raise funds to help support research and treatment for children with cancer.

April 10, 2006
Protein Regulates Quiescent Blood Stem Cells that Are Linked to Enhanced Recovery from Radiation and Chemotherapy

Scientists have uncovered new information about what orchestrates the complex balance between blood stem cells and mature blood cells, a relationship that is often disrupted in leukemia. The results will lead to a better understanding of the behavior of leukemic cells and may have vital clinical applications for patients recovering from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or bone marrow transplantation.

March 13, 2006
Chemotherapy Pumped Directly to the Liver Improves Survival for Patients with Colorectal Cancer That Has Spread to the Liver

A multi-institutional study led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) shows that patients whose colorectal cancer has spread to the liver and who received chemotherapy directly to the liver through a pump in the abdomen (an approach called Hepatic Arterial Infusion or HAI) fare better than those who received systemic (intravenously administered) chemotherapy.

February 27, 2006
Underutilized Treatment for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Found to Significantly Improve Survival

Women with Stage III ovarian cancer when treated with a combination of intravenous (IV) and intra-abdominal chemotherapy, following the successful surgical removal of tumors, survived almost a year longer than those who received IV chemotherapy alone.

January 4, 2006

2003

New Computerized Tool Predicts Chance of Breast Cancer's Spread from the Sentinel Lymph Nodes to Axillary Lymph Nodes

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have developed a new computerized tool called a nomogram that will help patients and their physicians calculate the likelihood of breast cancer spreading beyond the sentinel lymph nodes to additional lymph nodes under the arms (axilla).

December 3, 2003
Risk for Lung Cancer Varies Among Smokers

A new study that shows lung cancer risk varies widely among smokers may help individuals and their doctors decide if voluntary screening is appropriate for them.

March 19, 2003

2002

Computerized Tool Predicts Sarcoma Survival

In a development that holds promise for advancing the treatment of patients with sarcoma, researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have developed a new prognostic tool that is more accurate than any previously available for this disease.

February 1, 2002
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