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Richard Nixon with Benno Schmidt (right) and Mr. Schmidt’s wife, Nancy, at the signing of the National Cancer Act
For more than 137 years, MSK has made historic contributions driving discovery and improving patient care. Take a look back at the progress we've made since the signing of the National Cancer Act in 1971.
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Luis Alberto Diaz, Jr., MD and Andrea Cercek, MD
Breakthrough findings were presented at the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting and published in The New England Journal of Medicine today by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) confirming a clinical complete response in all 14 patients who received the immunotherapy treatment dostarlimab as a first-line treatment for mismatch repair-deficient (MMRd) locally advanced rectal cancer. This new approach of “immunoablative” therapy uses immunotherapy to replace surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to remove cancer.
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A small clinical trial conducted by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center found that every single rectal cancer patient who received an experimental immunotherapy treatment had their cancer go into remission.  MSK’s Luis Diaz Jr. and Andrea Cercek are featured. 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
On Feb 2, 2022, President Joe Biden announced plans to relaunch the Cancer Moonshot initiative as part of his ongoing determination to “end cancer as we know it” in the USA. Around 100 cancer researchers, patients, and advocates gathered at the White House to hear the president’s address, in which he renewed his pledge to improve the experience of those living with cancer. The news was accompanied by a call to action by the President and First Lady Jill Biden on cancer screenings, which have fallen behind as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the hope that the growing backlog can be urgently addressed. MSK’s Lisa DeAngelis is quoted. 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Stephanie Schmidt, a 30-year-old neonatal intensive care unit nurse in New York, was 8-weeks pregnant when she walked through the doors of her OBGYN for a routine visit to establish prenatal care. What started as a routine visit for Schmidt ended with her doctor finding a breast lump on her physical exam. A subsequent biopsy of the mass revealed the news she least expected from a prenatal visit: She had breast cancer.. MSK’s Devika Gajria is quoted. 
Wednesday, June 8, 2022

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News from the Lab
MSK News
Lymphoma patient Symantha Wilson
Symantha Wilson was crushed when chemotherapy quit fighting her lymphoma — and thrilled when immuno¬therapy beat back the cancer. But why doesn’t immunotherapy help more people? MSK researchers are finding answers.
Bridget Anderson
To help Bridget Anderson overcome leukemia, MSK doctors called upon her own microbiome, the vast ecosystem of microorganisms that live within us, especially the gut. They’re both friend and foe in fighting cancer.
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2020 Annual Report: Meeting the Moment
Gynecologic surgeon Carol Brown tying on a surgical cap
In her new role as Chief Health Equity Officer, gynecologic cancer surgeon Carol Brown is leading a new commitment to reducing cancer disparities. Dr. Brown spoke with NBC’s Today show anchor Al Roker about raising awareness about these disparities.
Paul Cortellesi
Memorial Sloan Kettering staff, patients, and donors stepped up in extraordinary ways during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meet just some of these heroes.
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Cancer Straight Talk
Cancer Straight Talk brings together national experts and cancer patients to have straightforward, evidence-based conversations. Medical oncologist Diane Reidy-Lagunes hosts this series with the mission of educating and empowering patients to make the right decisions and live happier, healthier lives.
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