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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.

Bestselling author shares her journey as a bone marrow donor in her memoir, "Marrow: A Love Story"

October 28, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Bestselling author Elizabeth Lesser discusses her most recent work, “Marrow: A Love Story.” Described as a "mesmerizing and courageous memoir," we follow the story of two sisters, Elizabeth and her younger sister Maggie. Elizabeth learns that she is a perfect match for the bone marrow transplant needed by her sister Maggie.

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Molecular profiling unlocks tumor answers

October 27, 2016 | Sumanta K. Pal, M.D.

Molecular profiling, unlike any other type of controversial profiling in the news, is an extremely hot topic in cancer medicine today, and it’s going to have a huge impact on patients, physicians and payers.

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Ask the Experts: The dangers of diabetic foot complications

October 26, 2016 | Jay Fernandez

November is National Diabetes Month, when City of Hope and other health care professionals and organizations strive to bring greater awareness to the disease and its impact.

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From Egyptology to breast cancer surgery: How Laura Kruper, M.D. found her calling

October 25, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Laura Kruper, M.D., chief of City of Hope’s breast surgery service, thinks back to an emotional time in her childhood when she reflects on what motivated her to become a doctor.

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Daughter diagnosed with breast cancer carries on father's fight - and wins

October 24, 2016 | Jay Fernandez

Women’s cancers will affect one in three women in her lifetime. One of those women is cancer survivor Linh Quan. Diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram at 40 years old, Quan went to City of Hope, where she knew from experience that she would be in good hands. Four years later, Quan is now cancer-free.

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5 Steps to a Better Breast Self-exam (w/Video)

October 21, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

If your monthly breast self-exam happens in the shower — sporadically — and involves a quick once-over of your breasts, you may be missing some important elements of an effective exam. City of Hope breast surgeon Dr. Laura Kruper offers tips for a more effective exam.

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Fitness wristbands can "step-up" to monitor cancer patients' recovery time post-surgery

October 20, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Something as simple as wearing a physical activity wristband, not unlike a Fitbit, to count steps could also be an invaluable tool in monitoring the functional recovery time of surgery patients, and potentially detecting any post-surgery complications sooner rather than later.

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Collaboration leads to new pathway to increase drug sensitivity

October 19, 2016 | Katie Neith

Science doesn’t always start in the lab. Sometimes collaborations come together over cocktails in Costa Rica. This is how City of Hope cancer biologist Mei Kong Ph.D., and Caltech neuroscientist Viviana Gradinaru, Ph.D., started a project that could change the approach to killing cancerous tumors.

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Immunotherapy 101 with scientist Steve Spangler (w/video)

October 18, 2016 | City of Hope

We worked with Steve Spangler of Sick! Science to visualize and better understand the science of immunotherapy being done at City of Hope. Learn how to use slime to represent the body’s immune system and a magnet to represent cancer.

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Graduate student spotlight: Dongrui Wang and cancer immunotherapy

October 17, 2016 | Denise Heady

Graduate student Dongrui Wang’s poster presentation at the 19th annual American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy was selected as the conference’s Outstanding Poster Presentation for his research initiatives in gene and cell therapy. Here Wang talks about what motivated him to pursue a career in science, what keeps him inspired and the innovative research he is working on at City of Hope.

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