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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2018 Rose Parade: Islet Cell Transplant Patient Had Groundbreaking Pregnancy

November 13, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

This year, 10 patients will welcome 2018 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. Here, we meet float rider Beth Jenkins, M.D., a former patient with a remarkable story.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Song

April 24, 2017 | Michael Easterling

At City of Hope, Ella Fitzgerald's legacy lives on with areas on campus honoring her and diabetes research in her name supported by the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation.

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First, a Full Islet Transplant. Then a Baby.

February 2, 2017 | Michael Easterling

Elizabeth Jenkins, M.D., was 18 when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Today, she is the first full islet transplant recipient in the United States – and only the second woman in the world – to have had a successful pregnancy post-transplant.

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‘Hidden History’: Legacy of Diabetes Care at City of Hope

January 25, 2017 | Katie Neith

City of Hope — widely known as a center for cancer care and research — is also the home of one of the most influential diabetes research programs in the world.

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The Future of Diabetes: A Focus on Personalized Care

January 16, 2017 | Katie Neith

Diabetes affects over 422 million people worldwide according to the World Health Organization, but no two patients are alike. So in 2017 and beyond, treatments will increasingly make use of precision medicine to personalize treatment options. At City of Hope, researchers are combining the forces of a transformative gift with new resources to speed these treatments to patients.

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On World Health Day, beating diabetes is the goal

April 7, 2016 | City of Hope

On World Health Day, the World Health Organization is putting the spotlight on diabetes, a national and global health threat that continues to affect 350 million people worldwide. Here is a look at some of the latest diabetes research advancements at City of Hope.

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Insulin-free diabetes patient shares life-changing treatment on “The Doctors”

February 10, 2016 | City of Hope

When she was just 9 years old, Gina Marchini had to be airlifted to a hospital when her undiagnosed diabetes nearly killed her. This week, the 33-year-old kindergarten teacher from Palmer, Alaska told a national television audience that, after an islet cell transplant performed at City of Hope last year, her body is now producing its own insulin.

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City of Hope is looking towards the future in diabetes research

November 14, 2015 | Veronique de Turenne

It’s World Diabetes Day and City of Hope is joining the international effort to raise awareness of this deadly disease. We’re lighting our water tower blue to represent the World Diabetes Day logo, and offering educational materials about the disease.

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Clinical trial offers islet cell transplantation for type 1 diabetes

July 7, 2015 | City of Hope

A strict diet and insulin shots can't always control type 1 diabetes. What people with the immune disorder really need are insulin-producing cells of their own – currently only available through a still-experimental procedure known as islet cell transplantation.

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Diabetes research: Exploring the potential power of growth factors

April 2, 2015 | Elizabeth Stewart

Diabetes investigators at City of Hope are studying the full trajectory of diabetes and metabolic disorders, as well as complications of the disease. One especially promising approach focuses on proteins known as growth factors.

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