Recent MSK Discoveries & Advances

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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 Clinic

6 Breakthroughs That Are Changing Chemotherapy for People with Breast Cancer

Discover some of the latest innovations in chemotherapy for breast cancer.

MSK patient receiving chemotherapy

In the Lab

Targeting Errors in How Proteins Are Made Is a Promising Approach for Cancer Treatment

MSK studies look at the role of RNA splicing factors in acute myeloid leukemia and melanoma.

Physician-scientist Omar Abdel-Wahab in his lab.

In the Lab

Scientists Create the First Human-Tumor-Derived Model for Studying Rectal Cancer

Scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering have created a model of rectal cancer using human-tumor-derived organoids.

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Finding

Research Points to a Potential New Approach for Treating Anemia

A class of drugs originally developed to treat certain neurological disorders appears to boost the production of red blood cells.

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Q & A

Meet Julia Glade Bender, Who’s Focused on Developing Better Treatments for Kids with Cancer

Pediatric oncologist Julia Glade Bender talks about the challenges of treating rare childhood cancers and how personalized medicine is leading to better therapies for tumors that are especially hard to treat.

Pediatric oncologist Julia Glade Bender

Finding

How an Altered Gatekeeping Protein Can Cause Cancer

An MSK study explains how the drug selinexor, which was recently approved to treat multiple myeloma and is being tested in many other tumor types, stops cancer.

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Finding

Scientists See Potential in Cellular “Death by Iron” for Cancer Treatment

This form of cell death is called ferroptosis, and certain cancer cells are especially vulnerable to it.

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In The Lab

Researchers Identify a Bacterial Species That Could Protect against Hospital-Acquired Infections

MSK researchers are reporting that a bacterial species called Blautia producta appears to release a substance that kills harmful bacteria.

Microscopy image of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus