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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Breast Cancer Studies Garner $500,000 in Research Grants

September 19, 2017 | Katie Neith

Two City of Hope physicians have received yearlong grants from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that works to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research.

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Men and Breast Cancer: Should You Be Tested?

July 25, 2017 | City of Hope

What many people don’t realize is that men, too, can experience breast cancer. Though much rarer in men than in women, about 2,470 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society.

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New Treatments and Personalized Care Offer Hope for Stomach Cancer Patients

January 6, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Although it is uncommon in the U.S., stomach cancer is a serious, often devastating disease. But less than 25 percent of patients who are diagnosed with stomach cancer in the U.S. survive for five years. City of Hope’s physicians and scientists are committed to changing this.

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Study: Increased genetic testing in young breast cancer patients

February 16, 2016 | Valerie Howard

More young breast cancer patients are relying on genetic testing to make informed surgical decisions. According to a new study, published online in JAMA Oncology, nearly all women under 40 years old surveyed in 2013, had undergone BRCA testing within a year of a breast cancer diagnosis, with the vast majority of those who tested positive opting for a double-mastectomy.

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Is genetic testing for cancer risk right for you? What you need to know

January 28, 2016 | Travis Marshall

Cancer researchers, like those at City of Hope, have come to understand that mutations in certain genes can mean a higher likelihood of getting certain types of cancer. That’s why genetic testing to identify these mutations has become an important tool in figuring out people’s risk of getting cancer in their lifetimes.

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Breast cancer survivor urges young women to consider genetic testing

December 22, 2015 | Valerie Howard

Young women can feel as if they’re invincible, with no need to worry about something as remote as cancer – and certainly no need to worry about how their family members’ health might affect their own. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially for women of Hispanic and African American descent. Women of those ethnic backgrounds are more likely than other women to die from cancer.

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Tissue-sparing surgery combines tumor removal with breast reconstruction

November 10, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

Not that many years ago, a breast cancer diagnosis inflicted a double shock: learning you had a deadly disease, then realizing how disfiguring the “cure” may be. We've come a very long way since then. Radical mastectomies are rarely performed today.

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ASCO 2015: Clinical trial assesses options for triple-negative breast cancer

May 28, 2015 | Nicole Levine

A clinical trial currently being conducted at City of Hope and elsewhere suggests that researchers are developing improved treatment options for young women with advanced triple-negative breast cancer, a particularly difficult-to-treat disease.

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To fight cancer, these researchers go where the action is – the nucleus

April 21, 2015 | Rachel Hall

Molecular oncology researchers explore a cancer cell's nucleus for new ways to fight tumors. Investigators working at City of Hope are making many significant inroads against many forms of cancer. To do that, they have to take a variety of approaches.

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Discovering tools for genetic testing – and teaching others to use them

March 22, 2015 | Nicole White

The understanding of the relationship between genetics and cancer risk continues to grow, with more genetic testing than ever before available to patients. City of Hope leaders have created a program to teach clinicians nationwide and worldwide how to use available genetic testing tools.

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