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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Beyond Chemo: Supportive Care at City of Hope

March 15, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

With a focus on healing the whole person, City of Hope takes supportive care for cancer patients just as seriously as their medical treatment.

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Showing Love to Cancer Patients on Valentine's Day

February 10, 2017 | Dory Benford

While Valentine's Day is synonymous with heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, red roses and greeting cards, at its best, the holiday is an opportunity to express love for the people in your life who matter most. There is perhaps no group more deserving of that love than cancer patients. We asked the members of our Facebook community to share with us how their loved ones provided support, encouragement and assistance during their cancer journeys.

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Yoga helps cancer patients find relief

August 5, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Yoga is an ancient practice – combining breath with movement – that can be a potent stress-reducer, mood enhancer and blood pressure-reducer. A City of Hope instructor offers five poses for cancer patients.

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Meditation in motion: Cancer patients discover healing power of tai chi

February 19, 2016 | City of Hope

When breast cancer patient Linda Johnson first heard about a new tai chi class being offered at City of Hope, she was skeptical. Although she had been looking for an exercise program to boost her overall health, she wasn't sure the ancient Chinese practice would be a good fit, given her physical limitations.

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4 Ways that cancer patients can reduce holiday stress (w/video)

November 27, 2015 | Hiu Chung So

For many people, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. However, for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses — and for survivors — the season can be a time of overwhelming stress. Here are ways that cancer patients can reduce holiday stress.

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For cancer patients, art therapy is more than just painting pictures

October 15, 2015 | Laurel DiGangi

Patients coping with cancer, and their caregivers, often experience a complex array of emotions including anxiety, fear, depression, frustration and sadness — feelings that, for some, may be difficult to express in a traditional support group.

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Valentine’s Day advice for couples facing cancer: Ignore expectations

February 13, 2015 | Nicole White

Valentine’s Day is synonymous with dinner reservations, red roses, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and — more often than not — unrealistically high expectations. On Valentine's Day, couples coping with cancer should drop the expectations that come with the holiday, and focus on what's important to them as a couple.

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Breast cancer survivor Becky Stokes: Shaving head is empowering, brave

September 24, 2014 | Nicole White

Runners prize medals for 5Ks and marathons. Becky Stokes has a medal she cherishes from a very different kind of race: the marathon of treatments necessary to beat her aggressive triple-negative breast cancer.

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