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  • At age 44, Bridget Hanchette, a mother of three from La Crosse, Wisconsin, was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of malignant brain tumor. Bridget’s doctors told her she only had a year to live. Then she met neurosurgeon Dr. Behnam Badie. That was 5 years ago. The cancer grows...
  • Survival rates for childhood cancer have improved tremendously over the past few decades, but postcancer care hasn’t always kept up. More children than ever are now coping with long-term complications and side effects caused by their disease and treatment — one of those being learning difficulties. A new ...
  • When Sheldon Querido, a retired manufacturer’s representative, was diagnosed with bladder cancer, his doctor told him that he’d need to have his bladder removed – and that he’d have to wear an external urine-collection bag for the rest of his life. “My first response was ‘I donR...
  • To stop smoking, two approaches might be better than one. A new study has found that using the medication varenicline, or Chantix – along with nicotine patches – was more effective than the medicine alone in helping people quit. The study, conducted by Stellanbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, and pub...
  • John Cloer was three months shy of his third birthday in 2004 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. For the next three and a half years, he received chemotherapy at City of Hope, finally obtaining long-term remission. His parents Bill and Gina, along with John and his younger brother Steve, r...
  • News about the risks or benefits of widespread cancer screening seem to arrive daily – 3D mammography for breast cancer, CT scans for lung cancer, PSA tests for prostate cancer and now pelvic exams for some women’s cancers. Missing in the headlines is a reflection of how cancer detection is evolving. Today’s ca...
  • Adults with sickle cell disease soon may have a new treatment option: bone marrow transplants. Children with sickle cell disease have been treated successfully with transplantation of bone marrow, more officially known as hematopoietic stem cells, from other people. But the procedure has been less successful in...
  • New pelvic exam recommendations or not, women shouldn’t give up those routine gynecological appointments. The revised guidelines from the American College of Physicians exempt most women from pelvic examinations, but a cancer specialist at City of Hope says women should still plan on regular visits with t...
  • Scientists have long searched for ways to bolster the immune system to fight diseases that seem to evade it, including cancer. Many have focused on monoclonal antibodies, trying to use them as trucks to drop off payloads of drugs right at the site of an infection or tumor. The problem, however, has been welding...
  • John Cloer was three months shy of his third birthday in 2004 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. For the next three and a half years, he received chemotherapy at City of Hope, finally obtaining long-term remission. His parents Bill and Gina, along with John and his younger brother Steve, r...
  • Music makes a difference – in patient mood and in patient healing. To that end, patient care at City of Hope now has a special new program called the Musicians On Call Jason Pollack Bedside Performance Program, which brings live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their hos...
  • Vaccinating people against hepatitis B could prevent diabetes from developing in some individuals, a new City of Hope study suggests. The study, an analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, indicated that people vaccinated for hepatitis B had a 50 percent reduction in risk for diabetes c...
  • Treatments for kidney cancer have improved dramatically in recent years, with new therapies already in use and others on the near horizon. The need has never been greater: Incidence rates for kidney cancer are rising. This year, nearly 64,000 new cases of kidney cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, an...
  • It is mid-afternoon on a Sunday at the cosmetics counter at Macy’s. A woman approaches with smiling eyes and dewy skin in a crisp white lab coat. I feel at ease as she offers me a seat. With a soft touch she applies eye makeup and powder to my forehead and chin. She is charming, […]
  • John Cloer became a teenager in May, an ordinary rite of passage made extraordinary because he is a cancer survivor – one of an estimated 370,000 pediatric cancer survivors in the U.S. He was three months shy of his third birthday in 2004 when what his parents Bill and Gina Cloer assumed was the flu was diagnos...