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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.

Kimlin Ashing Q&A: Reducing cancer health disparities

April 28, 2016 | City of Hope

Cancer continues to have a widespread impact on our families, friends and communities. City of Hope's Kimlin Ashing, Ph.D. shares her insights on health disparities among minority populations and how best to overcome barriers to better care.

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Celebrity cases may have led to rise in double mastectomies

April 27, 2016 | City of Hope

City of Hope breast cancer expert comments on a new study published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology on the rise in double mastectomies and its correlation with media coverage of celebrities with breast cancer.

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Lung cancer patient finds joy in the moment

April 26, 2016 | City of Hope

Lung cancer survivor Aasit J. Patel is a man transformed. The super-friendly litigation manager from Irvine brims with life-affirming words of wisdom like, “Enjoy what you have, each and every minute!” and “Life is all about having fun!”

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New findings suggest beta-blockers could slow or stop cancer growth

April 25, 2016 | Denise Heady

Chronic stress has long been linked to increasing cancer risk, and recent studies show that stress hormones play a direct role in supporting cancer growth. In a hopeful development, researchers at City of Hope have found that beta-blockers, a common medication used to treat high blood pressure, may be one answer to stopping cancer growth from stress — particularly brain metastases caused from breast cancer.

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Thinking of becoming a bone marrow or stem cell donor? Here are 7 tips

April 22, 2016 | City of Hope

They say the best gifts come from the heart, but the most impactful one you can give may just be in your cells. More than 7,500 patients worldwide are in need of a stem cell or bone marrow donor, and you may be that special someone who gives a desperate patient a miraculous second chance at life. Here are 7 tips on how to become a donor.

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Emmy winner Steven Bochco will soon meet his bone marrow donor

April 21, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

When Emmy-award winning television producer and writer Steven Bochco walked into City of Hope for the first time, he had learned only a few days earlier that he had a rare form of leukemia. He was still reeling, understandably terrified -- and unsure about where he would be treated.

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Famed cancer researcher Larry W. Kwak receives Ho-Am award

April 20, 2016 | City of Hope

Renowned research scientist and physician Larry W. Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., who has previously been named by TIME magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people for his work in cancer immunotherapy, just added another major honor to his resume – the Ho-Am Prize in Medicine.

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Re-engineering stem cells to eradicate HIV in lifelong sufferer

April 19, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Aaron Kim is the first HIV patient treated as part of a new City of Hope clinical trial that will determine if a patient’s own genetically engineered bone marrow cells can safely be used to treat HIV.

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Planning today for tomorrow: Consider an advance directive

April 18, 2016 | City of Hope

City of Hope leadership, staff, patients and caregivers discuss the importance of having an Advance Directive.

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7 essential facts about bone marrow and stem cell transplants

April 14, 2016 | City of Hope

In the weeks leading up to our 40th annual “Celebration of Life” reunion event – where bone marrow transplant survivors and their families will celebrate their victories they have attained in fighting cancer – we will be publishing a series of articles that will answer basic but essential questions about bone marrow transplantation.

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