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.

Lester Wakefield, bone marrow transplant recipient, with his donor, Jonathan Bottom
'I wouldn't be here today': Bone marrow recipient reflects on the gift of life

July 3, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Lester Wakefield has told police officer Jonathan Bottom, the young man who donated bone marrow stem cells to the 69-year-old Wakefield, that he is thankful for his lifesaving donation. He's told him many, many times. And still Wakefield feels he hasn’t thanked Bottom enough.

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New Mom Finds Fresh Outlook After Surviving Rare Hybrid Leukemia

May 12, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Nine months after her daughter’s birth, Monica Weld got a bad sore throat and cough that she just couldn’t shake. She and her husband went directly to the hospital, where tests showed she had not one, but two kinds of leukemia: acute lymphoblastic (ALL) and acute myeloid (AML).

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Anthony S. Stein, M.D., on Craig Sager's Death From Acute Myeloid Leukemia

December 20, 2016 | Samantha Bonar

TNT's veteran NBA courtside reporter Craig Sager, known as much for his flamboyant suits as his sideline interviews, died on December 15 after a two-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

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Anti-leukemia drug proves safe in phase 1 trials
Novel anti-leukemia drug proves safe in phase 1 trials

December 15, 2015 | Elise Lamar

Older patients with acute myelogenous leukemia may ultimately have a drug that, if not made just for them, at least better meets their needs.

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Acute myeloid leukemia: Revised treatment guidelines reflect progress

April 1, 2015 | Nicole White

Acute myeloid leukemia is the most common form of acute leukemia among adults, accounting for 18,000 diagnoses in 2014. Two decades after the first ever clinical practice guidelines were published, AML treatments have come a long way.

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13-year-old leukemia survivor has one true hero: her brother

November 11, 2014 | Dominique Grignetti

In February 2003, when she was only 16 months old, Maya Gallardo was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)  and, to make matters much worse, pneumonia. Aaron Gallardo hugs his little sister Maya, while she was sick with acute myelogenous leukemia.

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Elizabeth Budde
In acute myeloid leukemia treatment, infighting just might be positive

July 18, 2014 | Darrin Joy

Elizabeth Budde, M.D., Ph.D., wants to encourage infighting. She aims to turn the immune system on itself — to the benefit of patients with acute myeloid leukemia , or AML. In a new treatment for acute myeloid leukemia, Elizabeth Budde is using modified white blood cells to attack their malignant cousins.

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Meet our doctors: Ravi Bhatia on better survival for leukemia patients

May 3, 2014 | Kim Proescholdt

Editor's Update: Ravi Bhatia has since left City of Hope. He joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham in January 2015. City of Hope Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. More than 156,000 new cases in the U.

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Jeff Mauer and daughter Rachael
'My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I'd known' – Jeff Maurer

July 6, 2013 | Roberta Nichols

As a veteran Ventura County firefighter, Jeff Maurer was hardwired to respond to emergencies. So, in 1995, when his captain’s 6-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia, he and his colleagues mobilized and took turns donating blood on her behalf to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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