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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Q & A

Helping Doctors "Do No Harm" by Addressing Medical Test Overuse

Learn how MSK is clarifying how unnecessary medical tests can harm a patient's well-being.

MSK internal medicine specialist Deborah Korenstein

In the Clinic

Can Yoga or Acupuncture Help Neuropathy Caused by Chemotherapy? Research Seeks an Answer

Researchers are looking for better tools to determine what works and what doesn’t in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Ting Bao performs acupuncture on people undergoing cancer treatment

In the Lab

The Immune System Can Fight Cancer. So Why Doesn’t It?

New research from scientists at the Sloan Kettering Institute helps explain how growing tumors escape our immune defenses.

a cabinet full of yellow rubber duckies and one blue one

In the Lab

Researchers Identify Why Women May Develop Resistance to a New Class of Breast Cancer Drugs

Clues emerge about why promising new breast cancer drugs sometimes don’t work — and what might be done about it.

Image of dividing breast cancer cells taken with electron microscope.

In The Clinic

Sessions at Annual Breast Cancer Conference Focus on Prevention and Treatment of Lymphedema

Experts from Memorial Sloan Kettering presented some of the latest research on this challenging complication of many cancer surgeries.

Andrea Barrio (right) and fellow Shirin Muhsen focus on surgery for breast cancer.

Roundup

Advances in Myeloma, Lymphoma, and Bone Marrow Transplant Announced at the 2018 ASH Meeting

Learn more about the work of MSK researchers being presented at the 2018 meeting of the American Society of Hematology.

ASH meeting signage

Finding

Gut Microbes May Protect People Having Bone Marrow Transplants

For the first time, researchers have found an association between the makeup of the microorganisms in the body before a bone marrow transplant and a patient’s survival afterward.

Jonathan Peled speaks during a press conference

In the Clinic

Liquid Biopsy Is Effective at Guiding Treatment of Lung Cancer, Study Finds

The initial results of an ongoing study show that a liquid biopsy has advantages over a tissue biopsy for people with lung cancer.

A tube of blood superimposed on a lung and a DNA helix

In the Lab

Something New Under the Sun: Study in Leukemia Finds Role for Helios Protein

MSK researchers have found that a protein that contributes to one type of leukemia when it’s missing can lead to the formation of a different leukemia type when it’s present.

An illustration shows Helios, the ancient Greek sun god, unwinding DNA