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In the Clinic

The Last Frontier in Cancer Care: Treating Disease When It Spreads to the Brain

MSK doctors and scientists are leading the charge to find new and innovative ways to treat metastatic brain cancer.

Viviane Tabar in a white coat at a desk with a computer screen in the background

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How Humans of New York Raised $1 Million Overnight for MSK Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Find out how MSK pediatric neurosurgeon Mark Souweidane will use the funds that Humans of New York readers raised for his childhood cancer research.

Mark Souweidane, DIPG specialist and pediatric neurosurgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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Is Chemo Brain Real?

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy may cause cognitive changes, which experts call “chemo brain.” Learn how Memorial Sloan Kettering experts help patients with this condition.

author finds help for chemo brain

In the Lab

Scientists Find Promising Target for Better Pain Drugs

Memorial Sloan Kettering scientists have discovered how new analgesic medications work without the downsides of traditional opioid painkillers.

Four scrabble tiles spelling out pain surrounded by numerous white pills (round and oblong) representing painkillers.

In the Lab

Can Stem Cells Be Taught to Repair a Radiation-Damaged Brain?

In a recent study, Memorial Sloan Kettering scientists used stem-cell engineering to repair brain injuries in rats. The results raise hope for future therapies that could prevent or fix nerve damage in cancer patients who need brain radiation.

Fibrous extensions of a nerve cell (red) and an oligodendrocyte (green) growing on top of the nerve cell

In the Lab

Seeing the Light: How Engineered Nerve Cells Might Curb Parkinson’s Disease

A new tool called optogenetics is revealing clues about the function of a promising experimental therapy derived from stem cells.

Neurons created from embryonic stem cells

In the Lab

Molecular Studies Provide New Clues about Rare Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Genetic analysis reveals biomarkers and possible drug targets for malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors.

Pictured: Ping Chi

In the Lab

Genetic “Kill Switch” Could Make Cell Therapies Safer

Researchers have engineered a gene into therapeutic cells that allows them to turn off tumor growth if some of the cells become cancerous.

Pictured: Experimental Brain Tumor

In the Clinic

Stereotactic Radiosurgery Treats Brain Metastases in a Single Day

A high-dose radiation treatment that can be given in one day — called MSK Precise — has become an effective and increasingly common approach for patients with metastatic brain tumors.

Stereotactic radiosurgery expert Kathryn Beal

In the Lab

Holding On and Hiding Out: How Cancer Cells Spread to the Brain and Thrive

Researchers have gained new understanding of how tumors metastasize by studying the behavior of exceptional breast and lung cancer cells that are capable of entering the brain and surviving there.

Pictured: Cancer cell on blood vessel