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In the Lab

The Obesity Paradox: Study Suggests Fat Near Kidney Tumors Plays Critical Role in Treatment Response

MSK researchers discover a possible reason why people with kidney cancer respond better to treatments such as immunotherapy if they are obese.

Illustration of blue kidneys with large red cancer cells floating around them.

In the Lab

CAR T Cells Get an Invisibility Cloak

Research is focusing on ways to help cancer-fighting immune cells stick around longer, boosting their effectiveness.

A cartoon of a person hiding behind a newspaper and sunglasses.

Finding

Don't Scratch That Mole? Scientists Are Learning More about Inflammation and Cancer

It's not only what's inside your cells that determines your cancer risk. It's what surrounds them too.

A doctor examines a mole.

Finding

Cancer Cells Eat Fat to Grow and Spread

Research conducted in zebrafish shows that melanoma cells have an affinity for fat, and that eating it makes them more aggressive.

Large cells filled with yellow-colored fat

In the Lab

Escape Artists: Cancer Cells Mimic Immune Cell Activity to Spread

Researchers have discovered that cancer cells may hijack an immune response to spread from a primary tumor to distant organs.

Illustration of cells with blue nuclei that have green DNA bits floating in the cytoplasm

In the Lab

Research Reveals How Sleeping Cancer Cells Wake Up

MSK investigators are studying how dormant cancer cells can become reactivated after remaining hidden in the body for years.

A micrograph image of breast cancer cells.

In the Lab

Nanoparticles Help Drugs Target Head and Neck Cancers with Reduced Side Effects

Researchers devised a novel method to ferry drugs to head and neck cancers using nanoparticles that naturally stick to a protein in tumor blood vessels.

Medical illustration of nanoparticle spheres attacking cancer cell, which is beginning to disintegrate.

In the Clinic

Targeting Pancreatic Cancer: An Increased Focus on Developing New Clinical Trials

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat, but researchers are focused on developing treatments that are personalized based on each individual patient’s disease.

New initiatives are focused on clinical trials to target tumors in the pancreas.

Feature

Why Is Pancreatic Cancer So Hard to Treat?

Learn why pancreatic cancer has long foiled effective treatments — and why this could soon change.

Illustration of human body with pancreas exploded to side and magnified.