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.

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Two City of Hope Researchers Honored by American Cancer Society

December 4, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

City of Hope’s Sunita Patel, Ph.D., and Mei Kong, Ph.D., were recently honored by the American Cancer Society with their Giants of Science Hope award at the Society’s annual gala in October.

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American Cancer Society honors City of Hope nurse researcher with Quality of Life Award

January 30, 2016 | City of Hope

For more than 40 years, Marcia M. Grant, one of the most respected nurse researchers in the country, has devoted her life to others. Now, with a prestigious award, the American Cancer Society has said a heart-felt "thank you".

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Cancer death rate declined, but still more prevention is needed

January 18, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

There’s good news to celebrate on the cancer front: Early cancer detection, cancer prevention efforts and better treatments resulted in a 23% decline in the cancer death rate over the last two decades, according to the American Cancer Society’s annual statistics report.

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Annual report finds U.S. cancer deaths on decline (w/VIDEO)

December 21, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Although there is still much progress to be made in treating, preventing and educating about cancer, the incremental improvements are bearing fruit. This is exemplified by the national Annual Report to the Nation on the status of cancer — published online in the journal  Cancer on Dec.

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Thyroid cancer: Growing incidence, but highly treatable

September 12, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Thanks to highly effective treatments, thyroid cancer is among the most treatable of cancers. But Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month — which is this month — brings attention to its challenges, including its growing occurrence and lack of routine screening.

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Caregiver study aims to reduce burden, improve outcomes

July 1, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Caregivers are profoundly impacted by their loved ones' cancer diagnosis and treatments, and they themselves are at risk for a variety of problems. These include physical ailments due to neglect of their own health, emotional difficulties arising from their new responsibilities and their loved ones' disease, and financial constraints caused by caregiving expenses and a potential loss of income.

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Mammogram rates not falling for women 40 to 49, despite U.S. advice

April 24, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Since 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended routine mammograms only for women age 50 and older. But a study published in Cancer on April 19 found that despite those recommendations, screening rates among women age 40 to 49 have not fallen.

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Sequestration’s impact on cancer could last for generations

March 8, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

All Americans will feel the blow of the sequestration’s cuts in the federal budget, but cancer clinicians, researchers and patients face a double whammy. The cuts will impact not just current efforts to treat and prevent cancer, but future efforts as well.

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To fight cancer, get screened – regularly

February 22, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

One in a series of articles about how to reduce the risk of cancer... The adage “you can’t fix what you don’t know is broken” rings particularly true for cancers, where early detection means more effective treatments and better survival odds.

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Folic acid and cancer risk? Relax and have another cracker

January 25, 2013 | Tami Dennis

Folic acid is now a staple in U.S. diets, added to bread, flour, cereals, pastas and other baked goods as a way to reduce neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Most Americans simply take it for granted.

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