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.

Five Reasons to Become a Bone Marrow Donor

March 24, 2017 | Dory Benford

When Shawn Ahdoot went to donate blood almost 10 years ago, he had no idea that it would change his life forever. Here are five reasons you, too, should become a bone marrow donor.

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CAR-T Cell Trial for Multiple Myeloma to Launch in 2017

March 22, 2017 | Travis Marshall

CAR-T cell therapy research at City of Hope is an innovative and promising approach that recruits the body’s own immune system in the fight against some of the hardest-to-treat cancers, including multiple myeloma.

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‘Dwindling’ ribs, failing kidneys: How one woman climbed back from myeloma

March 21, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

Hypercalcemia (high blood calcium), renal problems, anemia and bone problems, also known by the acronym, C.R.A.B. — reflects the typical symptoms of multiple myeloma. City of Hope follows a multiple myeloma patient, Donna McNutt, who finds ways to cope with her diagnosis.

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'I had this monster that was in me': Coping with fear of relapse

March 20, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

Relapse is one of the most common fears among cancer patients. Nearly 60 percent of cancer survivors are moderately-to-severely concerned about recurrence one year after remission, according to data from the American Cancer Society. City of Hope follows a multiple myeloma patient, Donna McNutt, who finds ways to cope with her fear and anxiety.

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Four City of Hope Doctors Earn Coveted Distinction

March 17, 2017 | Michael Easterling

Four City of Hope doctors have been named fellows by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), an honor bestowed on fewer than 200 of the organization’s more than 40,000 members.

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Meet our doctors: How Leo Wang is revolutionizing the way that pediatric and blood cancers are treated

March 17, 2017 | Denise Heady

Dual-trained pediatric oncologist and scientist Leo Wang, M.D., Ph.D., is working in the lab to understand how blood cells develop and grow, and plans to use that information to help patients with cancer live longer and experience fewer side effects of treatment.

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Beyond Chemo: Supportive Care at City of Hope

March 15, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

With a focus on healing the whole person, City of Hope takes supportive care for cancer patients just as seriously as their medical treatment.

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Wolf in sheep's clothing: breast cancer cloaks itself in brain proteins to invade the brain

March 14, 2017 | Denise Heady

More women than ever are surviving breast cancer only to die of secondary brain tumors years after they’ve been declared cancer-free. This is particularly true for patients with the breast cancer subtype HER2-positive. Now City of Hope researchers have discovered how this happens.

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5 Tests Every Man Under 55 Needs

March 10, 2017 | Dory Benford

It’s vital to undergo certain exams that can detect cancer early and improve your chance of cure even when you feel perfectly fine. We spoke to Cary Presant, M.D., about the five tests every man aged 55 and under needs to take, whether you’re experiencing specific symptoms or not.

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Men and Prostate Cancer: The Emotional Impact

March 9, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Prostate cancer doesn’t just affect men physically. Men diagnosed with prostate cancer face a unique set of emotional issues. The diagnosis of cancer in itself can be overwhelming enough, but the stigma associated with prostate cancer often prevents them from seeking emotional help, according to experts at City of Hope.

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