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April 2017 Newsletter

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Memorial Sloan Kettering enters a new era in pediatric cancer care with the appointment of Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD, as the new Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Kung took on his new role in August, following in the footsteps of Richard O'Reilly, MD, who led the department with distinction for more than 30 years. Reflecting on the Future Spring 2017 | For Friends of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center inside: Easy as 1, 2, 3 | How to Give the Perfect Gift Advancing Pediatric Care Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD, has a distinguished history of caring for children with cancer. He now brings his talents to MSK as the new Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. MSK treats more children with cancer than any other institution, including centers that focus exclusively on pediatric patients. Dr. Kung is an internationally recognized physician-scientist with a special interest in identifying the causes of pediatric cancers and developing new treatments to benefit children and teens with cancer. "In pediatric oncology we have the good fortune of having done the research and improved outcomes progressively over the years, so that we now cure 80 percent of all children who have cancer," he says. "But that still is not good enough." The other issue that pediatric oncologists grapple with is that in the 80 percent of patients who are able to be cured, almost two-thirds have some sort of long-term side effect. "The ability both to do better in terms of long-term cure as well as to decrease the toxicity of our treatments—those are the most exciting trends in pediatric oncology today," he says. Your future gift helps MSK create brighter futures for patients of all ages. Contact our Planned Giving staff at 800-688-1827 to learn more. In pediatric oncology...we now cure 80 percent of all children who have cancer. But that still is not good enough." – Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD " DID YOU KNOW?

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