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 th Lab

Cellular “Garbage Collectors” Are Key to Cancer’s Growth

A new study suggests a way to target cancer by interfering with its system of waste removal.

A cartoon depicting a cleaning crew

Feature

For Some People with Cancer, a Simple Blood Test Can Be a Lifesaver

He was given a wrong diagnosis. She couldn’t breathe. One test changed both their lives.

Joey Laurore and Dr. Bob Li

MSK Heroes

From Controversy to Consensus: How Charlotte Friend Changed Cancer Biology

In honor of Women's History Month, meet the scientific hero who shook up cancer research with her unusual findings.

Microbiologist Charlotte Friend

MSK Heroes

Meet Ora Rosen, Who Solved Insulin’s Secrets and Galvanized Molecular Biology

In honor of Women's History Month, meet the scientific hero who helped build MSK's molecular biology program.

Ora Rosen

MSK Heroes

Scientist Turned Activist: How Mathilde Krim Made an Impact on the AIDS Epidemic

In honor of Women's History Month, meet the scientific hero who helped raise money and awareness for AIDS research.

Mathilde Krim

Q & A

Reality Check: Should People with Cancer Avoid Robotic Surgery?

Department of Surgery Chair Jeffrey Drebin discusses MSK’s approach to robotic surgery in response to a recent FDA advisory.

MSK surgeons gathered around a robot used for cancer surgery

In The Lab

Starving Cancer Stem Cells Could Be the Trick to Treating Glioblastoma, Study Finds

MSK researchers have identified a compound that kills glioblastoma cells using a mechanism that’s completely different from earlier treatments.

Enhanced MRI of a glioblastoma

In the Clinic

Patient-Reported Side Effects: A Crucial Part of Cancer Clinical Trials

In recent years, there has been a shift toward capturing information about the side effects caused by new treatments directly from patients.

Asia McCoy speaking with a patient

Finding

Research Uncovers the Genetic Causes of Aggressive Leukemia in Children

Researchers have found that the genetic changes that cause pediatric leukemia are different from those that lead to leukemia in adults.

Alex Kentsis in his lab

In the Lab

CAR T Cells Get an Invisibility Cloak

Research is focusing on ways to help cancer-fighting immune cells stick around longer, boosting their effectiveness.

A cartoon of a person hiding behind a newspaper and sunglasses.