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.

Young Adults and Cancer: The Psychological Impact

December 28, 2017 | Jay A. Fernandez

For young adult survivors of pediatric cancer, the aftermath can require a new approach to school and learning, family and social relationships, and the contours of independence.

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The Gold Standard: City of Hope’s Pediatric Musculoskeletal Tumor Program

August 3, 2017 | Travis Marshall

Pediatric musculoskeletal tumors and sarcomas are so rare and diverse that it’s almost impossible for a single physician to effectively treat them. But City of Hope is uniquely equipped to provide rapid and comprehensive treatment for these highly aggressive cancers.

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Teens and young adults with cancer need special support, City of Hope finds

November 17, 2015 | Travis Marshall

For adolescents and young adults who are navigating a tumultuous stage of life, a cancer diagnosis can be particularly devastating. Already challenged by changes such as college, a first job or a first heartbreak, young people experience greater levels of distress during cancer treatment than older patients in similar situations, research has shown.

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Rob Darakjian
Advice from Rob: Have cancer? Depressed? Do these 3 things

October 7, 2014 | rdarakjian

Cancer survivor Rob Darakjian shares tips on how to overcome anxiety and depression while being treated for cancer. Rob Darakjian   was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just 19 years old.

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Rob Darakjian
Advice from Rob: What NOT to do when you're depressed, with cancer

September 24, 2014 | rdarakjian

Rob Darakjian , a former leukemia patient, shares tips on how to overcome anxiety and depression while being treated for cancer. Rob Darakjian   was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just 19 years old.

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Teens, young adults with brain cancer need comprehensive cancer centers

September 10, 2014 | City of Hope Staff

Older teenagers and young adults traditionally face worse outcomes than younger children when diagnosed with brain cancer and other central nervous system tumors. A first-of-its-kind study shows why. Older adolescents and young adults with brain and spinal cord tumors have better outcomes when treated at National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers, research finds.

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Her breast cancer diagnosis was grim; a second opinion saved her life

July 15, 2014 | Nicole White

At 29, Kommah McDowell was a successful young professional engaged to be married to her best friend. She worked in the financial services sector and kick-boxed to keep in shape and to relax. Then came the diagnosis of triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer.

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Kat Muller with "The Voice" contestants
Patient: Song by Christina Grimmie of 'The Voice' pulled me through

May 12, 2014 | Dominique Grignetti

City of Hope patient Kat Muller and best friend Anessa George are joined by Christina Grimmie and other top contestants of "The Voice" at a recent taping of the show in Los Angeles. Back row from left: Delvin Choice, Audra McLaughlin, George, Christina Grimmie, Muller, Sisaundra Lewis and Jake Worthington.

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Cancer is different for adolescents, young adults; so are their needs

April 30, 2014 | Dominique Grignetti

Cancer is undeniably difficult both for adults and for children. Even if they don't fully understand the ramifications, adults usually enter treatment knowing who they are and where they stand in life.

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Julie Wolfson
Meet our doctors: Julie Wolfson on cancer in teens, young adults

November 15, 2013 | Kim Proescholdt

Adolescents and young adults ( AYAs ) with cancer have different needs and treatment challenges than children or older adults. They're a unique population because they don’t fit into a distinct group, often falling into a gap between cancer treatment programs designed for children and those designed for adults.

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