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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In the Lab

New Study Shows How Wayward Chromosomes Get Back on Track

MSK researchers are learning how cells are able to recognize and correct errors that occur during cell division.

A cell in the process of dividing

In the Lab

Reaching a Milestone: Researchers Report Results of First 10,000 Patients Analyzed by MSK-IMPACT

Researchers are reporting the first results from MSK’s genomic sequencing test, which analyzes patients’ tumors and helps match them to the best treatment.

Test tube of blood with genetic code in the background

In the Clinic

Pumped Up: Implanted Chemotherapy Device Improves Survival when Colorectal Cancer Spreads to the Liver

A retrospective study from MSK has found that colorectal cancer patients with liver metastases live an average of two years longer when they receive an additional treatment called hepatic arterial infusion (HAI).

Image of liver with tumors

Finding

#AACR17: Childhood Cancer Survivors Found to Have Inherited Mutations Increasing Risk of the Disease

MSK geneticist and pediatric oncologist Michael Walsh discusses new findings on inherited mutations in pediatric cancer survivors.

MSK geneticist and pediatric oncologist Michael Walsh

Finding

#AACR17: Basket Trial for Experimental Drug Shows Promising Early Results

Neratinib, which targets mutations that drive cancer growth, is showing promise for treating several types of cancer.

David Hyman and Robin Gillespie

Finding

A Missing Link Revealed: Researchers Gain Insight into Breast Cancer Drug Resistance

Researchers find an epigenetic role in how breast cancer tumors develop resistance to treatment.

Illustration of breast encompassing blue normal cells and red cancer cells.

In the Clinic

Intestinal Bacteria May Affect Risk of Cancer Returning after Bone Marrow Transplantation

Learn how a patient’s intestinal bacteria may influence the risk of cancers such as leukemia or lymphoma returning after bone marrow transplantation.

Illustration of intestinal tract with magnifying glass held over it revealing various microbes.

Finding

Study Uncovers Hidden Risk for Breast Cancer in Some Women

Research has shown that a condition called metabolic obesity can increase the risk of breast cancer — and possibly other health problems as well.

Doctor comforting patient

In the Lab

Detective Work: How Implantable Nanosensors Could Monitor Cancer Activity

Learn how tiny sensors made of nanotubes could serve as implantable devices that offer a noninvasive way to monitor cancer and its treatments.

Wearable device on woman’s arm with labels indicating beams going into nanotubes and coming back out for analysis.

Feature

MSK Expert Weighs In on New Study Showing Rising Rates of Colorectal Cancer in Young People

Learn more from Andrea Cercek about a new study showing that colorectal cancer rates are increasing in younger people.

Andrea Cercek, a medical oncologist in MSK’s Gastrointestinal Service, speaking to a patient.