Memorial Sloan Kettering celebrates 130 years of tremendous progress in our quest to eradicate cancer.
This year, Memorial Sloan Kettering celebrates 130 years of tremendous progress in our quest to eradicate cancer. Today we are able to find many cancers at their early, most curable stages; combine novel therapies to halt or slow the growth of tumors whenever possible; and improve quality of life for those living with the disease.
Thanks to the efforts of MSK’s pioneering founders and those who followed, the number of cancer survivors in the United States is now approaching 14 million and climbing.
Join us in celebrating 130 years as the nation’s top hospital for cancer care and view the slideshow below for a look back at where MSK started and where we are today.
Then: Researchers in the Pathological Research Building at the New York Cancer Hospital in 1917.
Now: Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Zuckerman Research Center is home to many laboratories and research programs and fosters collaboration by bringing people together in common spaces.
Then: Pathologist and oncologist Cornelius “Dusty” Rhoads (center) and the Experimental Chemotherapy Group were pioneers in the then-nascent field of chemotherapy.
Now: New anticancer drugs increasingly take aim at the aberrant molecules driving cancer growth — including the mTOR protein, whose structure was deciphered by MSK’s structural biologists.
Then: Surgery was the only form of treatment available when the New York Cancer Hospital opened in 1887, and was much more extensive than current approaches.
Now: Cancer surgery is done as minimally invasively as possible, using sophisticated technology that supports surgeons in ways never before accomplished.
Then: Nurses demonstrate a mobile unit for emergency patient treatment at the bedside.
Now: Nurses have always played a prominent role in the delivery of care and continue to be key members of each patient’s healthcare team.
The Future: MSK’s regional care network has brought our world-renowned comprehensive care closer to the communities where our patients live and work. The newest outpatient care center is scheduled to open this fall in Harrison, New York.