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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Linda Malkas: Henrietta Lacks Made My Work Possible

May 19, 2017 | Linda Malkas, Ph.D.

Henrietta Lacks certainly influenced my research, and continues to do so. Her impact is great here at City of Hope, as it is around the world. I’m just one scientist whose work has been made possible by Henrietta. There are many of us who owe her a profound debt of gratitude. Internationally, the number of people who have benefited from what she left behind is impossible to calculate.

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How Henrietta Lacks Helped Make Me the Scientist I Am Today

May 12, 2017 | Linda Malkas, Ph.D.

Henrietta Lacks certainly influenced my research, and continues to do so. Her impact is great here at City of Hope, as it is around the world. I’m just one scientist whose work has been made possible by Henrietta. There are many of us who owe her a profound debt of gratitude. Internationally, the number of people who have benefited from what she left behind is impossible to calculate.

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Cancer and the environment
The environment and cancer: Are you at risk? (w/VIDEO)

March 18, 2015 | Valerie Zapanta

How does the environment affect our health? Specifically, how does it affect our risk of cancer? City of Hope  physicians and researchers recently answered those questions in an Ask the Experts  event in Corona, California, explaining the underlying facts about how the environment can affect our health.

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Small string of amino acids could have a big impact on cancer

February 10, 2015 | Darrin Joy

It’s been more than a century since Nobel Laureate Paul Ehrlich popularized the idea of a “magic bullet” targeting disease. Cancer researchers ever since have remained in hot pursuit of targeted therapies that home in on cancer cells while leaving normal cells unaffected.

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Cancer and the environment
Does the environment increase our cancer risk? If so, how much?

February 2, 2015 | Valerie Zapanta

Does our environment increase our risk of cancer? What about plastic bottles, radiation, chemicals, soy products ...? Do they cause cancer? With so many cancer fears, rumors and downright urban legends circulating among our friends and colleagues, not to mention in the media and blogosphere, why not ask the experts? They can debunk cancer myths while sharing cancer facts that matter such as risk factors, prevention and the research underway at  City of Hope .

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Genes and cancer risk
Cancer in your family history? Your genes are not your destiny

November 21, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

When it comes to cancer, your family history may provide more questions than answers: How do my genes increase my risk for cancer? No one in my family has had cancer; does that mean I won’t get cancer? What cancers are common in certain populations and ethnicities? City of Hope experts have some guidance.

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Cancer and genes
What are my genes telling me about my cancer risk?

October 27, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

Genetics, genes, genome, genetic risk ... Such terms are becoming increasingly familiar to even nonresearchers as studies and information about the human make-up become more extensive and more critical.

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'Cancer Urban Legends:' The truth is out there (w/VIDEO)

May 4, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

With so many cancer-related rumors circulating amid friends and colleagues and, of course, on the Internet, people sometimes find themselves scratching their heads. Is it really true? Does deodorant really cause cancer? Does soy really cause cancer? Do cell phones really cause cancer? On April 23, City of Hope physicians and researchers came together to have a conversation about these cancer urban legends.

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