Recent 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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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

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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.

In the Lab

Immune System Molecule Could Become New Treatment for Graft-Versus-Host Disease

Scientists are using a molecule from the immune system to combat this serious complication in a new way.

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Liquid Biopsy Shows Promise for Guiding Prostate Cancer Treatment

A new blood test may help doctors decide which treatment would be best for prostate cancer patients.

Microscopic image of stained cells, six blue and one red.

In the Lab

Project GENIE Aims to Make Sense of Vast Amounts of Genomic Data

A multi-institutional effort led by MSK’s Charles Sawyers is seeking to interpret information about the genetic causes of cancer.

Illustration of DNA strands

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Three Compelling Cancer Advances from 2015

MSK researchers moved cancer science ahead in 2015 with landmark discoveries that suggest new treatment strategies and shed light on how the disease progresses.

Microscopic image of spherical cluster of cells, most of them pink cells with a smaller number of blue ones.

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Determining Inherited Risk for Pediatric Cancers Can Benefit Patients and Families

A recent study highlights the importance of searching for inherited cancer genes in children with pediatric cancers.

Mother and child in hospital

In the Clinic

Liquid Biopsy Shown to Be Effective in Assessing Response to Breast Cancer Drugs

Two studies show that a liquid biopsy, which analyzes tumor DNA in the blood, can reveal essential information about how breast cancers respond to therapies.

Hand in surgical glove holding up small beaker of blood.

In the Clinic

New Drug Combination Improves Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

An international study led by MSK shows that adding a drug called idelalisib to standard treatment increases survival.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia cells