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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Finding

Targeting Leukemia: Understanding How Cancer Cells Resist the Effects of Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is a common treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, but patients often stop responding. Until now, not much was known about why.

Acute myeloid leukemia cells

Feature

White Wine and Melanoma: Does Drinking Alcohol Increase Your Cancer Risk?

Hear from our experts about a new study linking alcohol consumption and melanoma risk.

Pouring white wine into a glass

Feature

Movember Fuels Conversations and Research into Men’s Health, Including Cancer

As a survivor of testicular cancer, MSK employee Greg Mason is giving back to the cancer community by helping to raise awareness for men’s health.

Younger man with his arm around an older man.

In the Clinic

Targeting Pancreatic Cancer: An Increased Focus on Developing New Clinical Trials

Pancreatic cancer is difficult to treat, but researchers are focused on developing treatments that are personalized based on each individual patient’s disease.

In the Lab

Communal Behavior within Cells Makes Cancers Easier to Target

Findings about proteins called molecular chaperones are shedding new light on possible approaches to cancer treatment.

Bees in a hive

Q&A

What You Should Know about Metastatic Breast Cancer

Medical oncologist Chau Dang explains that patients living with metastatic breast cancer have more treatment options than ever before.

Chau Dang

Feature

What You Need to Know about Male Breast Cancer

MSK experts discuss risk factors, symptoms, and treatment for male breast cancer.

Medical oncologist Ayca Gucalp

Snapshot

T Cell Attack: Taking Down Cancer with Immunotherapy

MSK physician-scientist Prasad Adusumilli is focused on developing more-effective immunotherapy approaches for treating tumors in the chest.

Cell Therapy and Cell Engineering Facility

In the Lab

New Immunotherapy Approach Turns Cells into “Micro-Pharmacies”

A new immunotherapy approach involves engineering CAR T cells to produce proteins that treat lymphoma.

Illustration of CAR T cells with conveyor belts leading out of them carrying HVEM protein in tablet form.

Finding

Gene Discovery Could Lead to More-Personalized Treatment with Immunotherapy

Researchers have found two gene mutations that many exceptional responders to ipilimumab have in common.

Nadeem Riaz and Timothy Chan