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

Step by Step: Stem Cell Approach Provides New Models for Studying How Acute Myeloid Leukemia Progresses

A new laboratory tool will allow researchers to study the progression from normal cells to myelodysplastic syndromes to an aggressive type of leukemia.

Histology images of stem cells and AML cells

In the Lab

Connecting the Dots: Stem Cells Provide Valuable Tool for Linking Genes and Disease

Researchers are using pluripotent stem cells to create models of diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic beta cells

In the Lab

Could a Topical Cream Prevent Lymphedema? Study in Mice Suggests Yes

By blocking a source of inflammation in the skin, it may be possible to prevent or treat this debilitating cancer complication.

In the Lab

Forensic Techniques Enable Study of Individual Breast Cancer Cells from MSK’s Archives

Analysis of long-preserved single cells on pathology slides aims to provide new clues about the genes that make breast cancer more aggressive.

Pathology slide showing DCIS and invasive cancer

Feature

With MSK Leading the Way, Precision Medicine Links Lab Research to Patient Care

Therapies that target genetic alterations in tumors are showing promise for many cancer patients, but challenges in developing these new treatments remain.

Finding

Study Highlights Workplace Difficulties Some Women Face During Cancer Treatment

Discover the role of the work environment in the life and career of an employee with cancer.

Woman giving presentation at work

Feature

Stemming the Tide: A Promising Target for Treating Some Blood Cancers

Learn about a potential new strategy for treating people with blood cancers that targets a protein on cancer stem cells.

Blue sphere (stem cell) with green dots scattered around the surface

Finding

Two Studies Shed Light on Genetics of Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer

New research of metastatic pancreatic cancer has shown that the same mutations are involved in driving both the primary tumor and the metastases.

A pancreatic cancer cell

Science Byte

A Clean Break: Scientists Make Surprising Discoveries about DNA Repair

A study reveals unexpected insights into how cells prepare broken DNA strands to be rejoined, preventing mutations that can cause cancer.

Illustration of DNA with green wrench making adjustments to a nut on the double helix.

Announcement

Stop, Collaborate, and Share Data: AACR Project GENIE Seeks to Advance Cancer Treatment

Eight leading cancer centers are coming together to share genomic sequencing data, in the hope of making faster progress in curing cancer.

Image of As, Ts, Cs, and Gs representing genetic code