Cancer Care: New & Noteworthy

Surgeon Larissa Temple
New Survey Helps Doctors Better Assess Outcomes for Rectal Cancer Surgery

A new online survey aims to provide doctors with real-time information on their patients’ quality of life after rectal surgery.

Surgeon Larissa Temple
Peter Scardino, Chair of MSK’s Department of Surgery and a specialist in the treatment of prostate cancers.
Predicting the Future of Cancer Surgery

Peter Scardino, Chair of MSK’s Department of Surgery, gives his views on what lies ahead for the surgical treatment of cancer.

Peter Scardino, Chair of MSK’s Department of Surgery and a specialist in the treatment of prostate cancers.
NYC Chinatown
Straight Talk: Connecting with Patients in Their Own Languages

Services including a pilot program for remote simultaneous medical interpreting using UN-style headsets can help improve care for a growing number of patients.

NYC Chinatown
Oren Cahlon and Nancy Lee
Proton Therapy: A Better Way to Destroy Tumors and Spare Normal Tissue

Proton therapy uses charged particles to target tumors with precision while reducing the risk of treatment-related side effects.

Oren Cahlon and Nancy Lee
Pills
Puzzled by Pills? Tips for Medication Management

Keeping track of a large array of medications can be challenging. These tips will help ensure that you use them properly.

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

the fibrous extensions of a nerve cell (red) and an oligodendrocyte (green) growing on top of the nerve cell
Imaging test
Scan Safety: A Radiation Reality Check

Medical physicist Lawrence Dauer explains what you should know about the use and safety of tests such as CT scans that use radiation to obtain images of the body.

Imaging test
Pictured: Michael Zelefsky
Smoking May Interfere with Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Researchers call for intensified efforts to help men with prostate cancer quit smoking after a recent MSK study revealed that patients who smoke during radiation therapy face a higher risk of both having the disease return and dying from it.

Pictured: Michael Zelefsky
Epigenetics
Setting Cancer Cells on the Right Path: A New Leukemia Drug Shows Growing Promise

An experimental drug for acute myelogenous leukemia might potentially help many more patients than previously thought by controlling epigenetic processes, according to a recent MSK study.

Pictured: Jaspreet Sandhu and Laura Leddy
For Urination Problems after Cancer Treatment, MSK Surgeons Can Help

Urinary problems like incontinence and overactive bladder can be an issue for cancer survivors. At MSK, our surgeons can offer a range of solutions.

Pictured: Jaspreet Sandhu and Laura Leddy