Recent MSK Discoveries & Advances

Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers are relentlessly exploring every aspect of cancer — from basic investigations of cells and molecules to clinical trials of new treatments and population-wide studies of the disease. While our core mission is to translate this knowledge into new strategies to control cancer, many of our investigators are also making scientific progress against other diseases and conditions.

Below are some examples of discoveries and advances that recently were made in our laboratories and clinics, and featured in our blog, On Cancer.

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Feature

The Future of Cancer Research: Five Reasons for Optimism

Discover some of the most exciting developments researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering have made in the fight against cancer.

DNA molecules wrapped around histones

In the Lab

Surprising Discovery Connects Rare Vascular Disease to Cancer Gene

Researchers found that a common cancer gene called PIK3CA also causes the condition venous malformation. Their discovery has already pointed the way to targeted therapies for this rare and painful condition that affects one in 10,000 people.

scan of mouse blood vessel

In the Lab

New Lung Cancer Therapy May Target Previously Untreatable Tumors

Researchers are developing uses for a drug that could benefit many people with lung cancer.

Colored x-ray of lung cancer

In the Lab

Rapid Results: MSK Researchers Link Genetic Mutation to Rare Bladder Cancer

MSK researchers have identified a genetic mutation that plays a central role in a rare, aggressive form of bladder cancer called plasmacytoid variant carcinoma.

David Solit

In the Lab

The Dual Life of PTEN: Gene Mutations Contribute to Both Cancer and Birth Defects

MSK investigators have shown that a gene mutation linked to many kinds of cancer can also cause birth defects of the nervous system.

Image of two sets of embryonic cells

Advocacy

Out in Front: Scientists and Activists Call for Recognition of LGBT Cancer Risks

How does being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender affect your risk of getting cancer? Good question.

Doctor standing in front of a rainbow flag

In the Clinic

Less Is More: MSK Surgeons Reduce Lymph Node Removal for Endometrial Cancer

A new study validates the effectiveness of sentinel lymph node mapping to guard against cancer spread.

Yellow-green fluorescent dye marking a lymph node among pink tissue in the uterus.

Q&A

Large Study of Retinoblastoma Survivors Identifies Extent of Medical Conditions Later in Life

The treatment that children receive for retinoblastoma can lead to health problems later in life. A new study documents their frequency and extent.

A child has his eyes examined by an ophthalmic oncologist.

In the Lab

Studying Cancer Mysteries Just Beneath the Scales

Hail to the zebrafish. MSK scientists are using a small fish to answer some big questions about cancer.

Pictured: Casper zebrafish

Q&A

Meet the MSK Oncologist on a Quest to Cure Hodgkin Lymphoma with Fewer Long-Term Side Effects

MSK medical oncologist David Straus is looking for less-intensive treatments for Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer most commonly found in young adults.

Young man receiving chemotherapy.