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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Public Safety Officers Sport Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 4, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Michele Dahlstein, 53, a kindergarten teacher from Upland, California, was treated for breast cancer at City of Hope in 2014 and now is involved with the Pink Patch Project as a speaker.

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From Egyptology to breast cancer surgery: How Laura Kruper, M.D. found her calling

October 25, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Laura Kruper, M.D., chief of City of Hope’s breast surgery service, thinks back to an emotional time in her childhood when she reflects on what motivated her to become a doctor.

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5 Steps to a Better Breast Self-exam (w/Video)

October 21, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

If your monthly breast self-exam happens in the shower — sporadically — and involves a quick once-over of your breasts, you may be missing some important elements of an effective exam. City of Hope breast surgeon Laura Kruper, M.D., M.S., offers tips for a more effective exam.

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Breast Cancer: 'It's supposed to be a woman's disease'

June 15, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Male breast cancer is unusual. Breast cancer being cast as “a woman’s disease” means men aren’t checking for it and therefore tend to be diagnosed later. Despite the paltry number of cases, being vigilant is important for men - a lesson Don Hoffman learned the hard way.

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Fatty foods during teen years could increase risk of breast cancer

June 6, 2016 | City of Hope

Young women who eat high amounts of saturated fat or lower amounts of healthy fat have denser breasts 15 years later, according to a new study. The findings were reviewed by breast surgeon, Laura Kruper, M.D., M.S., director of the Women's Center.

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International women’s day: 7 women changing the world of cancer treatment

March 8, 2016 | City of Hope

At City of Hope, we’re proud to have some of the most talented and passionate women in the medical industry serving at every level of the organization. Here, we’ve spotlighted just a few of the many City of Hope physicians and scientists who are breaking exciting new ground in cancer research, treatment and care.

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Breast cancer 2016: Dramatic advances create revolution in treatment

December 30, 2015 | By Veronique de Turenne

The evolution of breast cancer treatment has become a revolution thanks to precision medicine, improved screening, and a move to more refined surgical techniques. This momentum will continue in 2016 as advances such as immunotherapy, nipple-sparing surgery, and gene therapy continue to transform the field.

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New breast density study and breast cancer risk: What you should know

December 6, 2015 | Tami Dennis

Women with dense breast tissue have long been warned that they may be at a higher risk of breast cancer. With a new study suggesting that may not be the case, many may be tempted to skip their regular mammogram.

Not so fast.

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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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Better breast cancer detection at a lower cost: The future may be here

October 20, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

A new spin on a tried-and-true imaging system could potentially provide more women with superior breast cancer detection at a lower cost.

Although 2-D and, more recently, 3-D digital mammograms (also called tomosynthesis) have been the standard for general breast cancer screening, many experts recommend supplementing the mammogram with a breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for women at higher risk. Patients who've already been diagnosed with the disease typically also undergo an MRI to help pinpoint the location and size of the tumors.

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