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April 2016

The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy launches, watchful waiting with lymphoma, and highlights from the American Association for Cancer Research meeting.
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  • March 2016
    MSK’s Teen and Young Adult Program begins, how to spare normal tissue when manipulating the immune system to fight cancer, and news of a surprising novel treatment for venous malformation.
  • February 2016
    Celebrating nursing excellence at MSK, tips on searching for reliable cancer information online, and what to expect at the new Josie Robertson Surgery Center.
  • January 2016
    President Obama’s “moonshot” to cure cancer, ovarian cancer screening for average-risk women, and convincing reasons to abstain from alcohol if you have liver cancer.
  • December 2015
    Understanding Jimmy Carter’s surprise cancer turnaround, how women can benefit from recent advances in breast screening tests, and insights on a Netflix-inspired approach to studying biology and medicine.
  • November 2015
    Our Josie Robertson Surgery Center is poised to transform outpatient cancer surgery, ideas on what doctors can do to avoid misdiagnoses, and what men should know about complication risks with prostate cancer surgery.
  • October 2015
    Women at average risk for breast cancer should start screening mammograms at age 40, Agent Orange exposure is linked to a precursor of multiple myeloma, and MSK experts talk about whether red meat raises cancer risk.
  • September 2015
    New drugs for advanced renal cell carcinoma, evidence that active surveillance may be the best approach for early-stage thyroid cancer, and a clinic for lymphoma survivors opens at MSK.
  • August 2015
    Basket studies show promise for testing cancer drugs, what science says about three “miracle” cancer treatments, and strategies for communicating effectively with your doctors.
  • July 2015
    Lymph node transplant relieves cancer-related lymphedema, evidence for the effect of exercise on cancer and heart health, and a discovery that manipulating a single gene can turn colorectal cancer cells back to normal.
  • June 2015
    Cancer survivors share their stories, melanoma researchers report striking results with combination immunotherapy, and tips on key ingredients to look for in a sunscreen.
  • May 2015
    Five reasons for optimism about the future of cancer, implant versus flap surgery in breast reconstruction, and when to consider getting tested for cancer-causing genes.
  • March 2015
    MSK experts contribute to the PBS documentary Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies, and actress Angelina Jolie Pitt fuels a nationwide discussion about genetic testing for ovarian and breast cancer.
  • February 2015
    The power of proton therapy to destroy tumors while sparing normal tissue, a reality check on the safety of tests that use radiation to capture images of the body, and strategies for managing your medicines.
  • January 2015
    Obesity may overtake tobacco as the nation’s leading preventable cause of cancer, the FDA approves an immunotherapy drug tested at MSK, and tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy during cancer treatment.
  • December 2014
    An experimental drug to turn certain types of blood cancer cells into normal cells shows promise, Wholeness of Life Award recipient Louis P. Voigt discusses his approach to patient care, and ways to make the holidays a time for meaningful moments at the end of life.
  • November 2014
    Researchers discover why the immunotherapy drug ipilimumab works for some people with melanoma and not others, a powerful genetic test helps doctors determine the best lung cancer treatment for MSK patients, and medical oncologist David Solit describes how basket trials are transforming cancer research.
  • October 2014
    Tips on ways to support a friend with cancer, the latest news in breast cancer care at MSK, and strategies from clinical nurse Kathryn Ciccolini on filling prescriptions efficiently and at the lowest cost possible.
  • September 2014
    New facilities provide easier access to MSK’s cancer care, medical oncologist Paul Hamlin describes our Oncology Clinic of the Future, and the latest information about our advances in treating Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • August 2014
    Researchers discover a tropical plant that could block a cancer-causing gene, liquid biopsies are explored as an alternative to needle biopsies, and diagnostic radiologist Carol Lee answers follow-up questions about the impact of breast density on cancer risk.
  • July 2014
    U.S. News & World Report names Memorial Sloan Kettering the number one hospital in the nation for cancer care, we celebrate 130 years of progress in the quest to conquer cancer, and a singer diagnosed with tongue cancer talks about how our surgeons preserved her ability to continue performing.
  • June 2014
    Our expertise in cancer immunotherapy draws media attention at major medical meetings, advice on managing your career during cancer treatment and recovery, and new information about our expertise in treating thymoma and other thymic tumors.
  • May 2014
    A $100 million gift creates the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Molecular Oncology to deliver on the promise of personalized medicine, physician-scientist Jedd Wolchok describes striking advances in cancer immunotherapy, and new information sheds light on why hundreds of people each year choose MSK for diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer.
  • April 2014
    A discovery on how dividing cells use a “speed limit” to avoid genetic mistakes, tips for coping with treatment-related hair loss, updates in lung cancer care, and answers to some common questions about HPV and cancers of the head and neck.
  • March 2014
    Physician-in-Chief José Baselga is selected to lead the American Association for Cancer Research, a clinical psychologist gives advice on supporting a friend or loved one at the end of life, and experts describe the latest in genetic counseling, testing, and treatment for people with BRCA mutations.
  • February 2014
    Updates in breast cancer care, ways to tend to your faith and spirit in difficult times, advice on dating when you have cancer, and clues as to why obese kidney cancer patients usually fare better despite a higher rate of diagnosis.
  • January 2014
    Memorial Sloan Kettering shares in a $540 million Ludwig Cancer Research gift to fuel immunotherapy research, tips on how to confirm the contents of dietary supplements, and a new radiation technique improves breast cancer treatment.
  • December 2013
    Memorial Sloan Kettering partners with biotech start-up Juno Therapeutics to accelerate novel cancer immunotherapies, a transparent zebrafish sheds light on how tumors metastasize, and a specialist describes why fear of addition shouldn’t lead cancer patients to avoid painkillers.
  • November 2013
    Cancer biologist Joan Massagué is named director of the Sloan Kettering Institute, Fred’s Team goes the distance in the ING New York City Marathon, and our experts talk about research and treatment advances in pediatric cancer care.
  • October 2013
    Memorial Sloan Kettering helps to speed early-stage drug discovery and innovation through the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute, Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts attends our stem cell transplant celebration, and a tobacco cessation expert explains what we do and don’t know about electronic cigarettes.
  • September 2013
    The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance is announced with Hartford HealthCare as a first member, internationally recognized experts in thoracic surgery and oncology join the institution, and our experts share the latest information about multiple myeloma treatment.
  • August 2013
    Our Resources for Life After Cancer program supports cancer survivors, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for Breast Cancer Programs Larry Norton talks about a proposal to change the definition of cancer, and our experts share the latest information about cervical cancer treatment.
  • July 2013
    A new online tool helps current and former smokers decide whether to be screened for lung cancer, Memorial Sloan Kettering is named one of the nation’s best hospitals for cancer care, and our multidisciplinary experts advance the treatment of low-grade (glial) brain tumors.
  • June 2013
    Researchers report on major advances in the treatment of metastatic eye and skin melanoma, U.S. News & World Report‘s 2013-2014 issue ranks Memorial Sloan Kettering as one of the nation’s best hospitals for pediatric cancer care, and TV anchor Robin Roberts reflects on her cancer experience.
  • May 2013
    Clinical Genetics Service Chief Kenneth Offit discusses ways for women to clearly assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, findings from a large genetic study could improve the diagnosis and treatment of aggressive endometrial cancer, and our experts pioneer treatments for advanced kidney cancer.
  • April 2013
    Medical oncologist Paul Sabbatini discusses advancing cancer treatment through clinical research, Physician-in-Chief José Baselga explains the latest findings in targeted therapy for breast cancer, and researchers report on how a single early PSA test can predict a man’s risk for aggressive prostate cancer.
  • March 2013
    Gynecology Service Chief Richard Barakat comments on a study indicating that women with ovarian cancer benefit from treatment at high-volume centers, researchers eradicate cancer in five patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and scientists discover a molecule that targets proteins inside cancer cells.
  • February 2013
    Physician-scientist Charles Sawyers is a recipient of the inaugural $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, medical oncologist Mark Kris discusses Memorial Sloan Kettering’s partnership with IBM Watson and WellPoint to help assist medical professionals, and Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts returns to work after a stem cell transplant.
  • January 2013
    Memorial Sloan Kettering projects are listed among 2012’s top cancer advances, Stand Up To Cancer names two physician-scientists to an Immunology “Dream Team,” and a behavioral psychologist discusses cognitive changes associated with cancer treatment.
  • December 2012
    A breast cancer specialist discusses new findings on extending tamoxifen for breast cancer, President Obama names Memorial Sloan Kettering physician-scientist Charles Sawyers to the National Cancer Advisory Board, and our experts share the latest information about prostate cancer treatment.
  • November 2012
    Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Service presents a new About Herbs mobile app, researchers synthesize the vital biological molecule erythropoietin for the first time, and experts discuss managing anxiety about medical scans and procedures.
  • September 2012
    Internationally recognized physician-scientist José Baselga (left) will join Memorial Sloan Kettering from Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering announces plans to build a new outpatient cancer treatment facility, and a targeted drug for prostate cancer receives FDA approval.
  • August 2012
    Memorial Sloan Kettering unveils Meet Our Experts tab on Facebook, stem cell transplant specialists discuss the procedure and becoming a donor, and two cancer survivors share their experiences.
  • July 2012
    Memorial Sloan Kettering launches On Cancer blog, doctors start a clinical trial involving stem cell therapy for beta-thalassemia, and the Pediatric Day Hospital Director talks about caring for children with cancer.
  • June 2012
    Prostate cancer experts share their perspective on new PSA screening recommendations, an ICU nurse practitioner talks about her work, and our experts share the latest information about lung cancer treatment.
  • May 2012
    A pulmonary specialist talks about new findings on lung cancer CT screening, two of our investigates are named to the National Academy of Sciences, and the Bridges newsletter for cancer survivors marks its fifth year of publication.
  • April 2012
    The Department of Surgery Chair discusses surgery’s vital role in treating cancer, industry experts nominate for a Webby Award, and four surgeons describe what motivates them in their work.
  • March 2012
    Doctors describe training the next generation of cancer specialists, Memorial Sloan Kettering and IBM announce a collaboration using Watson technology, and researchers report pediatric cancer findings.
  • February 2012
    Scientists and physicians describe the promise of treating cancer with cell-based therapies, Cycle for Survival participants break fundraising records, and a neurosurgeon talks about innovations at the Spine Tumor Center.
  • January 2012
    Experts describe the development and commercialization of research discoveries to generate better cancer treatments, the American Society of Clinical Oncology elects medical oncologist Clifford Hudis as president, and our experts share the latest information about melanoma treatment.