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

What’s New in Osteosarcoma and Other Bone Cancers

Learn more about how MSK is developing new treatments for osteosarcoma and other bone cancers.

MSK Surgeon John Healey

In the Lab

Origin Story: Finding on Macrophage Development Challenges Long-Held View

A surprising finding challenges long-held dogma about how certain immune cells develop into specialized types in diverse tissues.

Electronic microscope enlargement of macrophage cell (tinted green)

Snapshot

Picturing How Cells Communicate

Developmental biologists are studying mouse embryos under the microscope to understand how embryonic cells communicate with one another.

Seven-day old mouse embryo

Feature

Microorganisms in the Gut Can Affect Cancer Outcomes

Discover how microbiome research is revealing the role that bacteria play in cancer treatment.

rod-shaped bacteria

Snapshot

New Cancer Imaging Approach Could Enable Better Detection of Pancreatic Tumors

A new radiopharmaceutical for detecting pancreatic cancer is being evaluated in the first-ever clinical trial of this new drug.

Three images of pancreas tumor

In the Clinic

How Research Is Driving the Latest Treatments for Sarcoma

Surgeon and researcher Aimee Crago discusses the latest treatments for different types of soft tissue sarcoma, including liposarcoma and desmoid tumors.

MSK Surgeon Aimee Crago

In the Lab

Hacking Metastasis: Nanotechnology Researchers Find New Way to Target Tumors

A protein in blood vessels that plays a role in cancer metastasis is a promising target for delivering cancer drugs to tumors using nanoparticles.

Metastatic tumor in the lung, with different colors used to represent the cell nuclei, the blood vessels, and the P-selectin protein.

In the Clinic

Study Suggests Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer Should Be Tested for Inherited Mutations

Learn why a new finding suggests that men with advanced prostate cancer should be screened for gene mutations.

A doctor speaks with a patient who has advanced prostate cancer about inherited mutations.

In the Clinic

New Targeted Drug Therapy for Advanced Sarcoma Extends Survival by Nearly a Year

Learn more about olaratumab, promising drug that has been shown to extend survival for people with advanced soft tissue sarcoma by nearly a year in a phase II clinical trial.

MSK physician Aimee Crago consults with two colleagues.

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The Future of Cancer Research: Five Reasons for Optimism

Discover some of the most exciting research that Memorial Sloan Kettering scientists are pursuing in the fight against cancer.

DNA molecules wrapped around histones