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

Genetic Finding Can Guide Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer

Genetic sequencing of prostate tumors can identify men who should receive immunotherapy drugs.

Microscopic image of prostate cancer cells in culture.

In the Lab

What Was MSK’s Role in TCGA, the Groundbreaking Cancer Genomic Study?

The multicenter project, which yielded dozens of scientific papers on more than 30 different kinds of cancer, has officially drawn to a close.

Illustration of DNA base pairs

In the Lab

Drugs That Stall — But Don’t Kill — Cancer Cells Are an Untapped Resource, Study Suggests

A drug combination that halts tumor cell division can stir the immune system into taking action.

electron micrograph of a natural killer cell

In the Lab

MSK Scientists Fine-Tune CAR T Cells to Improve Their Performance

The updated versions can survive longer in the body while still packing a punch against cancer.

Illustration of mechanical arms altering a cell

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.