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Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have identified, for the first time, an epigenetic mechanism promoting breast cancer. The team found that inhibition of the PI3K pathway leads to activation of ER-dependent transcription through the epigenetic regulator KMT2D. These findings provide a rationale for epigenetic therapy in patients with PIK3CA-mutant, ER-positive breast cancer. While epigenetic factors have been known to play an important role in various cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma, this is the first evidence found in breast cancer. This research co-led by José Baselga, MD, PhD, Physician-in-Chief and Chief Medical Officer, appears in the March 24, 2017 issue of Science. For more information on this work and to speak with the study authors, contact mcnamarn@mskcc.org.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
 
Leptomeningeal metastasis, cancer that has spread to the areas surrounding the brain and spinal cord, has long been a formidable clinical challenge for oncologists. Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have identified the molecular basis of this increasingly prevalent complication of cancer. With the help of a mouse model, researchers have identified a drug strategy that may combat this virtually untreatable condition. This research by Joan Massagué, PhD, Adrienne Boire, MD, PhD, and colleagues, was published in the March 9, 2017 issue of Cell. For more information on this work and to speak with the study authors, contact mcnamarn@mskcc.org.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
 
Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States, with approximately 70 to 80 percent of employed breast cancer survivors returning to work three to eighteen months following diagnosis. Job loss can have devastating financial consequences, including increased risk of bankruptcy and debt. Victoria Blinder, MD, medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering, conducted a longitudinal study of a racially and ethnically diverse sample of employed women undergoing treatment for stage I-III breast cancer in New York City. For more information on this study, published in Health Affairs on February 6, 2017, and to speak with the study author, contact mcnamarn@mskcc.org.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
 
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Jeffrey A. Drebin, MD, PhD, has been named the new Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). Dr. Drebin brings to MSK decades of experience as a world-class surgical oncologist specializing in pancreaticobiliary, upper gastrointestinal and liver surgery. He joins MSK from the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) where he was most recently the John Rhea Barton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Drebin formally assumes his new role as Peter Scardino, MD, steps down as Chairman after ten years of visionary leadership.
Monday, February 27, 2017
 
MSK researchers used the genome-editing tool CRISPR to create more potent chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells that don’t tire as easily when attacking cancer cells. The unexpected findings were published in the journal Nature on February 22 and underscore the potential of genome editing to advance immunotherapy for cancer.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
 
Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) today published a seminal review of the rapidly evolving field of precision oncology, which allows doctors to recommend therapies based on a genetic understanding of a person’s cancer. Appearing in the special cancer-focused February 9 issue of Cell, the article — “Implementing Genome-Driven Oncology” — presents a critically self-reflective but solutions-focused perspective on this approach to cancer treatment.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
 
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On Our Blog

 
FINDING
Researchers find an epigenetic role in how breast cancer tumors develop resistance to treatment.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
 
IN THE CLINIC
MSK gastroenterologist Robin Mendelsohn weighs in on the possible benefits and drawbacks of using aspirin to reduce the risk of colon and rectal cancer.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
 
IN THE CLINIC
Learn how a patient’s intestinal bacteria may influence the risk of cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma returning after bone marrow transplantation.
Friday, March 17, 2017
 
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Media Coverage

 
President and CEO Craig Thompson was interviewed about Memorial Sloan Kettering’s partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health.  
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
 
Medical oncologist Jae Park discusses new research that looks at how CAR-T therapy is making progress in treating brain cancer. 
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
 
Medical oncologists Robert Motzer and Alexander Lesokhin were interviewed for a special feature in The New York Times about minorities and clinical trials. 
Friday, December 23, 2016
 
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