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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A ‘Multifront’ Approach: Breakthroughs in Bladder Cancer

May 16, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Bladder cancer is a stubborn disease. Malignant cells in the bladder frequently grow back or pop up elsewhere, even if they're removed in their earliest stages. But the City of Hope surgeons and scientists working to eradicate bladder cancer are equally stubborn.

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Mary Soto
Bladder cancer patient grateful for ‘new normal’ after surgery

March 31, 2017 | Veronique de Turenne

Mary Soto was looking forward to her trip to Maui, where she would celebrate her 60th birthday with her daughter. But a visit with a urologist revealed that Soto had a sizable tumor in her bladder. A biopsy performed a few weeks later confirmed her fears – she had bladder cancer. Read her inspiring story.

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Bladder cancer 2016: 'Coordinated care pathways' and immunotherapy

January 1, 2016 | Veronique de Turenne

Shorter hospital stays and reduced readmission rates – those are the goals for bladder cancer patients at City of Hope in 2016. Uniquely coordinated care will make that possible.

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Kevin Chan
Meet our doctors: Reconstructive urologist Kevin Chan on quality of life

July 2, 2015 | Laurel DiGangi

Kevin Chan is head of reconstructive urology and a clinical associate professor of surgery at City of Hope, specializing in urology and urologic oncology. The childhood journal of Kevin Chan , M.D., foreshadowed his future: At the tender age of 6, he wrote that he wanted to be a surgeon when he grew up.

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Our bladder cancer experts give patients more, and better, choices

June 30, 2015 | Laurel DiGangi

“With bladder cancer, the majority of patients that I see can be cured,” said urologist Kevin Chan , M.D., head of reconstructive urology at City of Hope. “The challenge is to get patients the same quality of life that they had before surgery.

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Bill Brutocao
'My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I'd known' – Bill Brutocao

January 8, 2013 | Roberta Nichols

One in a series of stories asking former patients to reflect upon their experience ... Soon after beginning treatment for prostate cancer at City of Hope in 2008, La Canada attorney Bill Brutocao received even more disturbing news.

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