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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Simon Bray: Beating the Odds

October 2, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Simon Bray had been ignoring a chronic backache for months until one day in the gym, he fractured a vertebra. Puzzled by the unusual workout injury, doctors ran a bunch of tests, which revealed multiple myeloma.

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Students Today, Scientists Tomorrow: Interns Shine in the City of Hope Spotlight

September 6, 2017 | Michael Easterling

Students spent 10 weeks this summer at the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy, designed to give hardworking students the opportunity to learn about science by working in a laboratory setting.

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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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ASH 2016: Groundbreaking new trials show promise for lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients

December 7, 2016 | City of Hope

Numerous clinical trials, which lay the groundwork for novel approaches to lymphoma and multiple myeloma therapies, could ultimately lead to new treatments that improve survival and quality of life for patients with those and other diseases. Additional studies give new insight into best practices for the treatment of various blood cancers.

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Multiple myeloma patient climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise research funds

January 8, 2016 | Karen Stevens

Two weeks from now, Bob Dickey hopes to be standing at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. He plans to conquer the African peak the same way he has lived life since learning he has multiple myeloma, an aggressive blood cancer, five years ago.

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What I learned: 6 questions for multiple myeloma patient Bob Dickey

December 1, 2015 | Valerie Howard

Bob Dickey’s first sign of trouble came in September 2010, when the divorced father of three snapped several vertebrae at the gym. He soon found out that the incident was the result of his bones being weakened by advanced multiple myeloma. Here, he answers questions about his diagnosis and treatment at City of Hope.

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National Doctors Day: Behind great medical care, there's research

March 30, 2015 | Valerie Zapanta

Today is National Doctors Day, the official day to recognize, thank and celebrate the tremendous work physicians do each and every day. Launched in 1991 via a presidential proclamation from then-President George Bush, the observance offers a chance to reflect on the qualities that define truly great medical care.

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Joseph Alvarnas, M.D.
Stem cell transplants OK for HIV-linked lymphoma patients, study finds

December 8, 2014 | Nicole White

Patients with HIV-associated lymphoma may soon have increased access to the current standard of care for some non-HIV infected patients – autologous stem cell transplants. City of Hope's Joseph Alvarnas shares results from a City of Hope study at the annual ASH meeting that supports change to standard of care for HIV lymphoma.

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Multiple myeloma and bone health: What patients need to know

August 6, 2014 | Hiu Chung So

Although multiple myeloma is classified as a blood cancer, patients with this disease often experience bone-related symptoms, too. This includes bone pain, frequent fractures and spots of low bone density or bone damage that show up during a skeletal scan.

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