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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.

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.

In the Lab

Origin Story: Finding on Macrophage Development Challenges Long-Held View

A surprising finding challenges long-held dogma about how certain immune cells develop into specialized types in diverse tissues.

Electronic microscope enlargement of macrophage cell (tinted green)

In the Lab

Hacking Metastasis: Nanotechnology Researchers Find New Way to Target Tumors

A protein in blood vessels that plays a role in cancer metastasis is a promising target for delivering cancer drugs to tumors using nanoparticles.

Metastatic tumor in the lung, with different colors used to represent the cell nuclei, the blood vessels, and the P-selectin protein.

In the Lab

In the Fight against Cancer, the Immune System Can Be a Double-Edged Sword

The immune system is a powerful tool for fighting cancer — sometimes too powerful.

photo of Foxo1 protein stained in regulatory T cells

In the Lab

Scouting for Metastasis: New Study Uncovers the Role of Exosomes in Cancer’s Spread

MSK researchers have discovered that tumors send out signals to prepare particular organs for metastasis, so cancer cells that spread there can survive and grow.

Electron microscope image of three exosomes, which appear as blue concave discs on light green background.

Finding

Better View of Immune Landscape Leads to New Targets for Cancer Therapy

A study provides new clues about how the enzyme IDO relates to cancer.

Stained melanoma tissue