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Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

Can a vasectomy increase your risk of prostate cancer?

September 29, 2016 | Denise Heady

There are many risk factors that can increase the risk of prostate cancer - largely smoking and obesity - but a new study suggests a vasectomy isn’t one of them.

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Father, daughter bound by blood disorder

September 28, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Greg Cooper and his 10 year-old daughter Amanda both were treated for the same rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome, at City of Hope. Both are thriving post-treatment in different ways.

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19-year-old honors grandmother by raising money for brain cancer research

September 27, 2016 | Veronique de Turenne

When Nick Troftgruben lost his grandmother to brain cancer three years ago, he promised himself that he would do something significant to honor her memory. By organizing a four-month, 2,659 mile fundraising hike and generous donation to glioblastoma research at City of Hope, he fulfilled that pledge.

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Five key facts every woman needs to know about ovarian cancer

September 26, 2016 | Jay Fernandez

Incident rates for ovarian cancer continues to decrease, but it still remains one of the most deadly cancers for women. Here, Dr. Han helps illuminate five key facts about ovarian cancer and how women can be best informed.

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People magazine features City of Hope psychologist, family as heroes among us

September 23, 2016 | By Letisia Marquez

The story of City of Hope psychologist Jeanelle Folbrecht and her husband, Eric, welcoming a teenager fighting a second bout of leukemia into their family’s home continues to touch hearts.

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‘I’m completely surprised that I’m still here’ (w/VIDEO)

September 22, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Ian MacLeod says a difficult leukemia diagnosis, and a bone marrow transplant, taught him how to be in the moment and to "not procrastinate joy."

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How cancer fueled a racing career

September 21, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Twenty year old Jonathan Sugianto credits cancer with launching his career in formula car racing. The same fighting spirit that, as a child, got him through leukemia treatment at City of Hope, is what he now uses on the track to compete.

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From sun scorched fields, to a career in nursing (W/VIDEO)

September 20, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Rodrigo Nunez went from working in sun scorched central California grape fields to a career in nursing. The inspiring turn of events began when he was treated here for aplastic anemia.

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10 facts all men should know about prostate cancer

September 19, 2016 | Travis Marshall

Prostate issues are a normal part of getting older for many men. While an enlarged prostate can be uncomfortable, it’s prostate cancer that men should be most concerned about. Here oncologist Sumanta Kumar Pal, M.D., shares 10 important facts every man should know about prostate cancer.

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How to Choose Your Cancer Care Team (w/VIDEO)

September 16, 2016 | Denise Heady

Where you get your cancer care matters. And choosing the right care team could be the key to survival. City of Hope neurosurgeon and scientist Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D., discusses how a cancer team works and the rights you have as a patient to choose the best treatment plan possible.

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