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Patient Care at City of Hope

At City of Hope, our patients are men, women and children who seek the best hope to live their lives to the fullest.
 
Our reputation for groundbreaking discoveries, innovative treatments and compassionate patient care makes us a leader in the fight to help patients here and around the world conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
 
For us, scientific excellence matters because people matter. Every clinical trial we conduct, promising treatment we pursue, and resource, service and comfort we provide stems from our primary mission to heal the whole person. That means caring for the emotional, spiritual, as well as physical, well-being of our patients and their caregivers.
 
Our physicians rank among the nation’s foremost experts in the treatment of cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases. Learn about their specialties, research and other points of distinction.
 
Physicians in the United States and throughout the world are welcome to refer patients to City of Hope. They may do so by contacting us directly either online or by phone.
 

  • In Duarte, near Los Angeles, light-filled, comforting, state-of-the-art medical facilities surrounded by lush gardens provide healing environments designed to treat both body and spirit. City of Hope's Community Practices in southern California also bring care closer to many  patients' homes, making their cancer diagnosis, therapy and follow-up more convenient.
     

  • City of Hope - Duarte sees patients at all points in their care, from diagnosis, to treatment, to follow-up. You can request to become a City of Hope patient online or over the phone, learn how to schedule consultations and get information about insurance and billing.
     

  • View a list of insurance companies with which City of Hope currently contracts. Even if your plan is included, check with your insurance company to make sure you are covered. Your insurance company/medical group will tell you if you need any authorizations.
     
  • Interpreter Services

    City of Hope offers free interpretation for patients and caregivers whose first language is not English. Please call 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 62282, to reach the Clinical Social Work office.
     
  • Patient and Community Education

    Through seminars and events, we address health issues that profoundly affect our patients and community.
     
  • Ask the Experts
    City of Hope’s free Ask the Experts series features our leading scientists and physicians as they discuss a different health topic during presentations scheduled throughout the year.
     
  • Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE)
    CCARE is a powerful partnership between City of Hope researchers and educators and key representatives of the community. Through a vibrant cross-pollination of ideas, we seek to eliminate healthcare disparities in underserved (and often overlooked) patient populations, empower patients by making them informed and active participants in their own health and well-being, and offer the most innovative and advanced treatments available, setting a new standard of care.
 

  • Our aggressive pursuit to discover better ways to help patients now – not years from now – places us among the leaders worldwide in the administration of clinical trials.
     
 
 

Clinical Programs

A national leader in cancer treatment and prevention, City of Hope is steadfast in its drive to offer more positive outcomes to patients everywhere. Our research innovations become advances in patient care without delay, because people fighting cancer need better options – now.

Brain Tumors

The close collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of specialists ensures that patients receive the most effective brain tumor treatments known, including possible access to promising investigative therapies.
 

Breast Cancer

Our breast cancer program offers women the most advanced and compassionate care possible, including access to state-of-the-art technologies and therapies, some of which are not yet available at other medical centers.
 

Gastrointestinal Cancers

Highly experienced in diagnosing and treating patients with gastrointestinal cancers, our multidisciplinary team of specialists is persistent in pursuing new research and therapies to improve outcomes for abnormalities of the digestive system, specifically the
 
 

 

Gynecological Cancers

From genetic diagnosis to the development of novel therapies for patients with advanced disease such as
 
 
our gynecologic oncology treatments feature a multidisciplinary approach to care.
 

Head and Neck Cancers

Our renowned multidisciplinary team of head and neck experts specializes in the complex procedures often necessary to eradicate these tumors such as
 
 
while preserving vital structures and function.
 

Hematologic Cancers

City of Hope combines important research discoveries with superior clinical techniques to diagnose, evaluate and provide the most advanced treatments for acute and chronic 
 
 
We also lead in the field of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) as one of the world’s largest and most successful transplant centers with more than 11,000 transplants performed to date.
 

Hereditary Cancers Screening and Prevention

Some forms of cancer, including certain types of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and colorectal cancer, may be inherited.
 
City of Hope Cancer Screening & Prevention Program sm provides genetic testing and counseling services to evaluate patients who may be at risk for hereditary cancers and suggest proactive strategies to prevent these cancers from developing.
 

Leukemia

Pioneers in advancing care for all forms of  leukemia, City of Hope is a leader in setting standards for treatment worldwide and in improving long-term outcomes for both children and adults.
 

Liver Cancer

Customized treatment programs using the latest technologies, including minimally invasive surgery and innovative chemotherapy delivery systems, are a hallmark of our multidisciplinary approach to liver cancer.
 

Lung Cancer

The most advanced diagnostic and radiation technologies available, access to our clinical trials program and the coordinated care of specialists combine to provide the best possible outcomes for lung cancer patients.
 

Lymphoma

Recognized internationally for our lymphoma research, City of Hope treats patients with the newest lymphoma treatments available, including therapies available only here.
 

Multiple Myeloma

From the use of novel therapies to the vigorous pursuit of stem cell transplantation, our treatments offer patients battling multiple myeloma greater hope than ever.
 

Musculoskeletal Tumors

A coordinated team of bone cancer experts deliver comprehensive treatments that integrate new and powerful anticancer drugs with strategies to spare patients’ limbs.
 

Myelodysplasia

City of Hope physicians and researchers continue to lead the way in improving diagnosis, treatments and outcomes in patients with  myelodysplasia.
 

Pediatric Cancers

Within a compassionate, family-centered environment, our pediatric cancer specialists are at the forefront of cancer care, developing treatment programs that strive to minimize hospitalization and design treatments for the best possible long-term survivorship.
 

Pituitary Tumors

An aggressive approach to treating pituitary tumors and helping patients achieve the most positive outcomes possible.
 

Prostate Cancer

We have performed more advanced robotic procedures for prostate cancer than any other facility on the West Coast. Our innovative treatment options and technologies can help patients recover faster, with fewer side effects.
 

Skin Cancer/Melanoma

We employ the latest research and investigative developments to improve treatment outcomes for  melanoma and all  skin cancer patients, from the use of advanced diagnostic imaging technology to our expertise in molecular medicine.
 

Spine Tumors

City of Hope combines breakthrough investigative therapies, superior surgical techniques and the most advanced treatments to give patients with spine tumors some of the latest treatments available anywhere.
 

Urology and Urologic Cancers

Our researchers and clinicians are leading the way in developing innovative methods for preventing, detecting and treating urologic cancers such as
 
 

Women's Cancers

The City of Hope Women’s Cancers Program brings together physicians and researchers from across the institution who are committed to diagnosing, treating and preventing cancers of the 
 
 

Specialized Treatment and Services

City of Hope is a new model of cancer treatment center. Here, medical research and clinical care are integrated, speeding the application of scientific discoveries into better, more effective patient cancer treatments. As a Comprehensive Cancer Center – the highest designation given by the National Cancer Institute – we are widely regarded as a leader in cancer prevention, treatment and education.

Anesthesiology

Our team is at the forefront of delivering innovative anesthesia care for the unique surgical procedures performed at City of Hope.
 

Diabetes and Endocrinology

As one of only 14 institutions in the United States to be designated an islet cell transplant center by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, City of Hope stands at the forefront of progressive therapies and procedures to effectively treat diabetes and other endocrine-related disorders.
 

Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

City of Hope leads in the field of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) as one of the world’s largest and most successful transplant centers with more than 11,000 transplants performed to date.
 

Histocompatibility Laboratory

The Histocompatibility Laboratory at City of Hope provides the highest standard of human leukocyte antigen typing services on a contract basis, as well as for City of Hope’s Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.
 

Interventional Radiology

As part of a multidisciplinary team approach in the treatment of cancer and cancer related disorders, interventional oncology is the fourth arm of cancer therapies, including medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology.
 

Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research

The Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research focuses on the treatment and prevention of solid tumor malignancies.
 

Pathology

The Department of Pathology at City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its diagnostic excellence. Laboratories lead by renowned investigators and equipped with highly sophisticated technologies enable us to provide physicians and their patients with accurate diagnoses of even the most elusive diseases.
 

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology is one of the three main oncology specialties involved in the successful treatment of cancer.
 

Rehabilitation

Treatments for cancer and other diseases can sometimes have long-term effects for cancer survivors.  At City of Hope, we seek to heal the whole person through rehabilitative therapies that help restore independence, enhance day-to-day functioning and assist with adjustments to any temporary or permanent physical changes.
 

Screening Services

Screenings are among the best defenses against cancer, providing opportunities for individuals and their physicians to develop plans to help prevent cancer (link to cancer page) or detect it at its earliest and most curable stages.
 
To help you understand your cancer risk, City of Hope offers comprehensive assessments that focus on family history and genetics, along with environmental and lifestyle factors.
 

Surgery

City of Hope’s Department of Surgery provides the highest quality surgical care for our patients in an environment where research and compassionate care thrive. The department is at the forefront of surgical advances and specializes in the latest  minimally-invasive and laparoscopic procedures, and is a world-leader in robotic-assisted techniques.
 

International Medicine Program

Our International Medicine Program provides customized services and programs to cancer patients who live outside the United States and wish to receive world-renowned medical care at City of Hope

Our goal is to provide the most supportive experience for your health needs so you can focus on healing and recovery.  You will be supported by an individual navigator— in your language— to provide guidance, arrange your first visit, and to coordinate with you and your family to ensure your individual needs are met.
 
The International Medicine Program’s services include:
 
  • Family and individual counseling support
  • Language translation services
  • Airline, hotel and other travel arrangements
  • Cosmetics and hair services
  • Religious and cultural accommodations
     
 

Our Approach to Holistic Care

Being diagnosed with cancer is life-changing, which is why choosing where to be treated for cancer is one of the most important decisions to make, especially when traveling far from home. City of Hope is known for our multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art cancer treatment. Here, medical research and clinical care are integrated, speeding the application of scientific discoveries into better, more effective patient cancer treatments.

Our Location
 
City of Hope is located northeast of Los Angeles, seated below the beautiful foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. We are near several major cities, including Pasadena, Los Angeles, Arcadia, Anaheim and Long Beach with easy access to Los Angeles International, Bob Hope (Burbank) and Ontario airports. Offering all the amenities and highlights of Southern California — near beaches, mountains and the desert — City of Hope is a refuge for health and wellbeing.

Stretched across more than 100 acres in the City of Duarte, lushly landscaped gardens with more than 2,000 types of roses surround City of Hope’s state-of-the-art facilities. Duarte is also home to shops, hotels and other businesses that can be of service to those visiting City of Hope.
 
Contact Us
 
ADDRESS
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, California 91010 USA

TELEPHONE
01 626 218 9300
or 800-826-4673
Download the campus maps:

English
Armenian
Chinese
Korean
Spanish
Vietnamese
 

Patient Care Overview

Patient Care at City of Hope

At City of Hope, our patients are men, women and children who seek the best hope to live their lives to the fullest.
 
Our reputation for groundbreaking discoveries, innovative treatments and compassionate patient care makes us a leader in the fight to help patients here and around the world conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.
 
For us, scientific excellence matters because people matter. Every clinical trial we conduct, promising treatment we pursue, and resource, service and comfort we provide stems from our primary mission to heal the whole person. That means caring for the emotional, spiritual, as well as physical, well-being of our patients and their caregivers.
 
Our physicians rank among the nation’s foremost experts in the treatment of cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases. Learn about their specialties, research and other points of distinction.
 
Physicians in the United States and throughout the world are welcome to refer patients to City of Hope. They may do so by contacting us directly either online or by phone.
 

  • In Duarte, near Los Angeles, light-filled, comforting, state-of-the-art medical facilities surrounded by lush gardens provide healing environments designed to treat both body and spirit. City of Hope's Community Practices in southern California also bring care closer to many  patients' homes, making their cancer diagnosis, therapy and follow-up more convenient.
     

  • City of Hope - Duarte sees patients at all points in their care, from diagnosis, to treatment, to follow-up. You can request to become a City of Hope patient online or over the phone, learn how to schedule consultations and get information about insurance and billing.
     

  • View a list of insurance companies with which City of Hope currently contracts. Even if your plan is included, check with your insurance company to make sure you are covered. Your insurance company/medical group will tell you if you need any authorizations.
     
  • Interpreter Services

    City of Hope offers free interpretation for patients and caregivers whose first language is not English. Please call 626-256-HOPE (4673), ext. 62282, to reach the Clinical Social Work office.
     
  • Patient and Community Education

    Through seminars and events, we address health issues that profoundly affect our patients and community.
     
  • Ask the Experts
    City of Hope’s free Ask the Experts series features our leading scientists and physicians as they discuss a different health topic during presentations scheduled throughout the year.
     
  • Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE)
    CCARE is a powerful partnership between City of Hope researchers and educators and key representatives of the community. Through a vibrant cross-pollination of ideas, we seek to eliminate healthcare disparities in underserved (and often overlooked) patient populations, empower patients by making them informed and active participants in their own health and well-being, and offer the most innovative and advanced treatments available, setting a new standard of care.
 

  • Our aggressive pursuit to discover better ways to help patients now – not years from now – places us among the leaders worldwide in the administration of clinical trials.
     
 
 

Our Clinical Programs

Clinical Programs

A national leader in cancer treatment and prevention, City of Hope is steadfast in its drive to offer more positive outcomes to patients everywhere. Our research innovations become advances in patient care without delay, because people fighting cancer need better options – now.

Brain Tumors

The close collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of specialists ensures that patients receive the most effective brain tumor treatments known, including possible access to promising investigative therapies.
 

Breast Cancer

Our breast cancer program offers women the most advanced and compassionate care possible, including access to state-of-the-art technologies and therapies, some of which are not yet available at other medical centers.
 

Gastrointestinal Cancers

Highly experienced in diagnosing and treating patients with gastrointestinal cancers, our multidisciplinary team of specialists is persistent in pursuing new research and therapies to improve outcomes for abnormalities of the digestive system, specifically the
 
 

 

Gynecological Cancers

From genetic diagnosis to the development of novel therapies for patients with advanced disease such as
 
 
our gynecologic oncology treatments feature a multidisciplinary approach to care.
 

Head and Neck Cancers

Our renowned multidisciplinary team of head and neck experts specializes in the complex procedures often necessary to eradicate these tumors such as
 
 
while preserving vital structures and function.
 

Hematologic Cancers

City of Hope combines important research discoveries with superior clinical techniques to diagnose, evaluate and provide the most advanced treatments for acute and chronic 
 
 
We also lead in the field of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) as one of the world’s largest and most successful transplant centers with more than 11,000 transplants performed to date.
 

Hereditary Cancers Screening and Prevention

Some forms of cancer, including certain types of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and colorectal cancer, may be inherited.
 
City of Hope Cancer Screening & Prevention Program sm provides genetic testing and counseling services to evaluate patients who may be at risk for hereditary cancers and suggest proactive strategies to prevent these cancers from developing.
 

Leukemia

Pioneers in advancing care for all forms of  leukemia, City of Hope is a leader in setting standards for treatment worldwide and in improving long-term outcomes for both children and adults.
 

Liver Cancer

Customized treatment programs using the latest technologies, including minimally invasive surgery and innovative chemotherapy delivery systems, are a hallmark of our multidisciplinary approach to liver cancer.
 

Lung Cancer

The most advanced diagnostic and radiation technologies available, access to our clinical trials program and the coordinated care of specialists combine to provide the best possible outcomes for lung cancer patients.
 

Lymphoma

Recognized internationally for our lymphoma research, City of Hope treats patients with the newest lymphoma treatments available, including therapies available only here.
 

Multiple Myeloma

From the use of novel therapies to the vigorous pursuit of stem cell transplantation, our treatments offer patients battling multiple myeloma greater hope than ever.
 

Musculoskeletal Tumors

A coordinated team of bone cancer experts deliver comprehensive treatments that integrate new and powerful anticancer drugs with strategies to spare patients’ limbs.
 

Myelodysplasia

City of Hope physicians and researchers continue to lead the way in improving diagnosis, treatments and outcomes in patients with  myelodysplasia.
 

Pediatric Cancers

Within a compassionate, family-centered environment, our pediatric cancer specialists are at the forefront of cancer care, developing treatment programs that strive to minimize hospitalization and design treatments for the best possible long-term survivorship.
 

Pituitary Tumors

An aggressive approach to treating pituitary tumors and helping patients achieve the most positive outcomes possible.
 

Prostate Cancer

We have performed more advanced robotic procedures for prostate cancer than any other facility on the West Coast. Our innovative treatment options and technologies can help patients recover faster, with fewer side effects.
 

Skin Cancer/Melanoma

We employ the latest research and investigative developments to improve treatment outcomes for  melanoma and all  skin cancer patients, from the use of advanced diagnostic imaging technology to our expertise in molecular medicine.
 

Spine Tumors

City of Hope combines breakthrough investigative therapies, superior surgical techniques and the most advanced treatments to give patients with spine tumors some of the latest treatments available anywhere.
 

Urology and Urologic Cancers

Our researchers and clinicians are leading the way in developing innovative methods for preventing, detecting and treating urologic cancers such as
 
 

Women's Cancers

The City of Hope Women’s Cancers Program brings together physicians and researchers from across the institution who are committed to diagnosing, treating and preventing cancers of the 
 
 

Our Specialized Treatments and Services

Specialized Treatment and Services

City of Hope is a new model of cancer treatment center. Here, medical research and clinical care are integrated, speeding the application of scientific discoveries into better, more effective patient cancer treatments. As a Comprehensive Cancer Center – the highest designation given by the National Cancer Institute – we are widely regarded as a leader in cancer prevention, treatment and education.

Anesthesiology

Our team is at the forefront of delivering innovative anesthesia care for the unique surgical procedures performed at City of Hope.
 

Diabetes and Endocrinology

As one of only 14 institutions in the United States to be designated an islet cell transplant center by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, City of Hope stands at the forefront of progressive therapies and procedures to effectively treat diabetes and other endocrine-related disorders.
 

Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

City of Hope leads in the field of hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) as one of the world’s largest and most successful transplant centers with more than 11,000 transplants performed to date.
 

Histocompatibility Laboratory

The Histocompatibility Laboratory at City of Hope provides the highest standard of human leukocyte antigen typing services on a contract basis, as well as for City of Hope’s Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation.
 

Interventional Radiology

As part of a multidisciplinary team approach in the treatment of cancer and cancer related disorders, interventional oncology is the fourth arm of cancer therapies, including medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology.
 

Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research

The Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research focuses on the treatment and prevention of solid tumor malignancies.
 

Pathology

The Department of Pathology at City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its diagnostic excellence. Laboratories lead by renowned investigators and equipped with highly sophisticated technologies enable us to provide physicians and their patients with accurate diagnoses of even the most elusive diseases.
 

Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology is one of the three main oncology specialties involved in the successful treatment of cancer.
 

Rehabilitation

Treatments for cancer and other diseases can sometimes have long-term effects for cancer survivors.  At City of Hope, we seek to heal the whole person through rehabilitative therapies that help restore independence, enhance day-to-day functioning and assist with adjustments to any temporary or permanent physical changes.
 

Screening Services

Screenings are among the best defenses against cancer, providing opportunities for individuals and their physicians to develop plans to help prevent cancer (link to cancer page) or detect it at its earliest and most curable stages.
 
To help you understand your cancer risk, City of Hope offers comprehensive assessments that focus on family history and genetics, along with environmental and lifestyle factors.
 

Surgery

City of Hope’s Department of Surgery provides the highest quality surgical care for our patients in an environment where research and compassionate care thrive. The department is at the forefront of surgical advances and specializes in the latest  minimally-invasive and laparoscopic procedures, and is a world-leader in robotic-assisted techniques.
 

International Medicine Program

International Medicine Program

Our International Medicine Program provides customized services and programs to cancer patients who live outside the United States and wish to receive world-renowned medical care at City of Hope

Our goal is to provide the most supportive experience for your health needs so you can focus on healing and recovery.  You will be supported by an individual navigator— in your language— to provide guidance, arrange your first visit, and to coordinate with you and your family to ensure your individual needs are met.
 
The International Medicine Program’s services include:
 
  • Family and individual counseling support
  • Language translation services
  • Airline, hotel and other travel arrangements
  • Cosmetics and hair services
  • Religious and cultural accommodations
     
 

Our Approach to Holistic Care

Being diagnosed with cancer is life-changing, which is why choosing where to be treated for cancer is one of the most important decisions to make, especially when traveling far from home. City of Hope is known for our multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art cancer treatment. Here, medical research and clinical care are integrated, speeding the application of scientific discoveries into better, more effective patient cancer treatments.

Our Location
 
City of Hope is located northeast of Los Angeles, seated below the beautiful foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. We are near several major cities, including Pasadena, Los Angeles, Arcadia, Anaheim and Long Beach with easy access to Los Angeles International, Bob Hope (Burbank) and Ontario airports. Offering all the amenities and highlights of Southern California — near beaches, mountains and the desert — City of Hope is a refuge for health and wellbeing.

Stretched across more than 100 acres in the City of Duarte, lushly landscaped gardens with more than 2,000 types of roses surround City of Hope’s state-of-the-art facilities. Duarte is also home to shops, hotels and other businesses that can be of service to those visiting City of Hope.
 
Contact Us
 
ADDRESS
1500 E. Duarte Road
Duarte, California 91010 USA

TELEPHONE
01 626 218 9300
or 800-826-4673
Download the campus maps:

English
Armenian
Chinese
Korean
Spanish
Vietnamese
 
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NEWS & UPDATES
  • Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer often stop responding to the primary drugs used against the disease, leaving them with few options and little hope. Determined to increase those options, doctors and researchers at City of Hope are conducting two clinical trials that could lead to new treatments for pe...
  • Investigators working at City of Hope are making many significant inroads against many forms of cancer. To do that, they have to take a variety of approaches. Molecular oncology researchers focus on abnormal cancer-associated activity in a cell’s nucleus. One especially prominent factor in many breast and ovari...
  • In light of the new breast cancer screening guidelines, which call for women to have mammograms every other year from age 50 to 74, it’s more important than ever for women to understand their individual risk. On Monday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task force released new breast cancer screening guideline...
  • Cancer patients need, and deserve, more than medical care. They and their families need high-quality supportive care – that is, care that addresses their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Health care professionals increasingly understand this, but starting such programs from scratch isn’t easy...
  • Each year, City of Hope patients given another chance at life gather to pose for a picture like this one. Going on its 39th year, the celebration of patients free of blood cancers thanks to bone marrow or stem cell transplants has grown such that a photographer has to scale a cherry picker just to […]
  • Cancer patients who are participating in early-stage clinical trials need extra emotional and physical support due to their additional stress and often unique symptoms. Now an effort by researchers at City of Hope to create a model for such support has received a $6.8 million grant from the National Cancer Inst...
  • The need for improvements in treating malignant brain tumors has never been greater. Survival for many patients with these tumors are sometimes measured in just months. One reason that therapeutic options are limited is that traditional surgery is deemed too risky for many brain tumors, especially for those in ...
  • “Honestly, there’s nothing special about my story,” protested Daniel Samson, as he bounced Layla, his 3 1/2-year-old daughter, on his lap and put on a video for her to watch. “I just want to tell it for my own sake, and share it with other men who may be going through this chaos.” Samson spoke […]
  • As far back as he can remember, Jonathan Yamzon, M.D., wanted to be a doctor. “I knew it from the get-go,” he said, matter-of-factly. “I always envisioned it as the ideal; the supreme thing one could do with one’s life.” The youngest of six children, Yamzon was barely a toddler when his family moved to [&...
  • There’s never a “good” time for cancer to strike. With testicular cancer, the timing can seem particularly unfair. This disease targets young adults in the prime of life; otherwise healthy people unaccustomed to any serious illness, let alone cancer. And suddenly … “I can only imagine what they must...
  • Sure, a healthy lifestyle can lower a person’s risk, but the impact of specific actions is harder to tease out. Diet, exercise, tobacco use, nutritional supplements, alcohol consumption … How important are each of these factors, individually? Does strict adherence to (or rejection of) one get you a pass o...
  • Health care decisions are tough. They’re even tougher when you – or loved ones – have to make them without a plan or a conversation. National Healthcare Decisions Day, on April 16,  is a nationwide initiative to demystify the health care decision-making process and encourage families to start talking. Ult...
  • The statistics, direct from the American Cancer Society, are sobering: Cancer death rates among African-American men are 27 percent higher than for white men. The death rate for African-American women is 11 percent higher compared to white women. Hispanics have higher rates of cervical, liver and stomach cancer...
  • “Lucky” is not usually a term used to describe someone diagnosed with cancer.  But that’s how 34-year-old Alex Camargo’s doctor described him when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer — the disease is one of the most treatable cancers at all stages. That doctor was ultimately proved righ...
  • Geoff Berman, 61, starts his day with the motto: “The sun is up. I’m vertical. It’s a good day.” Ever since he’s been in remission from lymphoma, Berman makes a special point of being grateful for each day, reminding himself that being alive is a gift. “I just enjoy living,” he said. “I give e...