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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In the Lab

Study Provides New Clues about the Diversity of Prostate Cancer Subtypes

A multicenter study led by MSK investigators has found seven subtypes based on their molecular characteristics.

DNA strands


Looking Beyond DNA Defects to Characterize Cancer

Technologies that look only at mutations in DNA may miss other kinds of defects that can occur in cancer cells.

Melanoma cell

In the Lab

Scouting for Metastasis: New Study Uncovers the Role of Exosomes in Cancer’s Spread

MSK researchers have discovered that tumors send out signals to prepare particular organs for metastasis, so cancer cells that spread there can survive and grow.

Electron microscope image of three exosomes, which appear as blue concave discs on light green background.


Better View of Immune Landscape Leads to New Targets for Cancer Therapy

A study provides new clues about how the enzyme IDO relates to cancer.

Stained melanoma tissue


Collaborative Research Suggests Targeting BAP1 May Help Treat Mesothelioma

Studies have suggested that treatment with a drug that targets a mutated gene found in more than half of all mesothelioma tumors could be effective against this stubborn disease.

CT scan of mesothelioma tumor.


Immunologist Alexander Rudensky Discusses New Approaches for Treating Cancer

Immunologist Alexander Rudensky talks about the function of regulatory T cells, a type of immune cell, and how they relate to cancer.

a man with glasses stands in a lab

In the Clinic

Imaging Technology Enables Doctors to Analyze Low-Grade Glioma

A noninvasive scanning technique is giving doctors the ability to assess brain tumors for genetic abnormalities without putting patients through the rigors of a brain biopsy.

Brain MRI images


MSK Study Examines Cancer-Care Outcomes among US Hospitals

A new study suggests that hospitals’ long-term survival outcomes for cancer patients can be sufficiently assessed without information on tumor stage.


Three Young Investigators Named Winners of 2015 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research

These early-career scientists are working on diverse areas of cancer biology including epigenetics, genetic changes that allow metastasis, and genomic integrity.

Paul Marks Prize medal

In the Lab

Researchers Discover How Gene Mutation Leads to Follicular Lymphoma

Research clarifies how abnormalities in a gene called KMT2D contribute to the development of follicular lymphoma, a common but incurable form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

A field of lymph nodes connected by multiple lymphatic vessels with one node in cross section showing the pathology of follicular lymphoma breaking through the node capsule.