Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has a long track record of research breakthroughs. Our findings have helped people all over the world. Carrying on that legacy of scientific excellence is what makes our jobs so challenging as well as rewarding.

New leukemia drug helps City of Hope doctor/researcher save a dad's life

October 09, 2015| Kelly Lopez

When Sergio Ramirez learned that his acute lymphoblastic leukemia had returned with a vengeance – after six months of remission – he was terrified that he’d never play football again with his three sons.

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Nurse-led hypnosis helps cancer patients find relief from pain, nausea

October 08, 2015| Nancy Brands Ward

Hypnosis gets a bad rap. Portrayals in the media of hypnosis as a silly or devious tool used to embarrass unwitting subjects or even gain control of people and their resources have kept these misconceptions alive.

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Groundbreaking City of Hope study explodes myths about palliative care

October 07, 2015| Abe Rosenberg

When Beverly Fairbairn was invited to join a major City of Hope study on palliative care as part of her treatment for lung cancer, she was taken aback.

“Are you talking to me??” she remembers thinking. “But I feel fine right now. I'm not there yet.”

Like so many others, Fairbairn assumed palliative care was little more than crisis-level pain control for patients in their final days. Fairbairn's cancer was in remission. She was healthy. The mere suggestion that she be included in the study stirred up a little paranoia: “Do they know something I don't?” she wondered.

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Breast cancer: Tips on returning to wellness

October 06, 2015| Robin Rauzi

Breast cancer is more than a physical disease. It permeates a woman’s emotional, social and spiritual well-being. Here are some tips – from City of Hope’s “Return to Wellness” program – to help women regain a feeling of control.

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Breast cancer: The return to wellness begins when treatment ends

October 05, 2015| Robin Rauzi

Completing treatment for breast cancer produces a wave of relief — but one that can quickly be overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety and confusion. Together, the emotions add up to: “What now?”
The need for emotional and physical support doesn’t stop when treatment ends, said Linda Klein, manager of operations for the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at City of Hope. Research and medical advances mean more people than ever before are surviving cancer, Klein said, “but that brings to light many new needs and concerns about living post-treatment.”

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Breast cancer: A new era in research enhances patient care

October 02, 2015| Kelly Lopez

City of Hope scientists and doctors are on the forefront in the fight against breast cancer, conducting research that will ultimately result in less invasive and more effective treatments for women worldwide.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: It's about patients today – and tomorrow

October 01, 2015| Tami Dennis

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, City of Hope is delivering leading-edge treatments to women and men recently diagnosed with breast cancer, working to find new treatments and cures for those who will be diagnosed in the future, and, ultimately, trying to prevent breast cancer from occurring at all.

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Lung cancer survivor: What I learned during treatment

September 30, 2015| Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor was 28 years old and about to celebrate two years of marriage with Miles, her college sweetheart, when a wheeze brought her to a doctor's office. A former athlete who had never smoked, Taylor was stunned when a scan revealed she had Stage 4 lung cancer.

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Kidney cancer patient to fellow patients: keep fighting

September 29, 2015| Denise Heady

When Cindy Pasternak learned of her husband's cancer diagnosis on April 1, 2014, she hoped it was an April Fool's joke. But medical tests had revealed that what David Pasternak, then 63, a successful Los Angeles attorney, had dismissed as a persistent case of bronchitis was, in fact, something far more grave.

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