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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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Catherine “Kate” Gonzales

May 12, 2017 | City of Hope

Catherine “Kate” Gonzales, B.S.N, R.N., was driving to the market recently when a delivery truck stopped in front of her. The driver ran out and over to Gonzales' car. “You’re the nurse that took care of my daughter,” she said. “You probably don’t remember me, but you were so important to me and to how I coped. I just wanted to thank you.”

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Emily Boettcher

May 12, 2017 | City of Hope

When Emily Boettcher, B.S.N., R.N., O.C.N., B.M.T.C.N., came to City of Hope’s bone marrow transplant unit, she thought she was signing on for a short-term job of maybe a few months to a year. That was more than five years ago.

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Christina Joseph

May 11, 2017 | City of Hope

When Christina Joseph, B.S.N., R.N., was in nursing school, a close teacher and mentor was diagnosed with cancer. “I took that as a sign,” said the Southern California native. “So I went into oncology nursing.”

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Cindy Stahl

May 11, 2017 | City of Hope

Cindy Stahl came to City of Hope after graduation, and although she enjoyed the research, she found her true niche: oncology nursing.

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Christopher Okamoto

May 10, 2017 | City of Hope

Christopher Okamoto, B.S., B.S.N., R.N., worked two and a half years as a pharmacy technician when, he said, “I realized I wanted more patient interaction.”

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Kaishawn McDuffie

May 10, 2017 | City of Hope

As a nurse specializing in diabetes management, Kaishawn McDuffie, B.S.N., R.N., C.D.E., smiles when recalling her first reaction to applying for a part-time position at City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute’s outpatient diabetes clinic.

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Carolina Uranga

May 9, 2017 | City of Hope

Carolina Uranga always knew she wanted to be a nurse, so she decided to learn what it was like to work in a hospital.

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Emily Ganley

May 9, 2017 | City of Hope

A strong voice is vital for an opera singer. It turns out it also comes in handy when advocating for patients, working in patient education, helping peers evaluate their practice and speaking at conferences.

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Delfa Grecia

May 8, 2017 | City of Hope

When Delfa Grecia, B.S.N., R.N., started working with pediatric patients in the outpatient clinic at City of Hope, “I would cry when they cried,” she recalled. “It is so hard not to be affected by their feelings. They are so little, and you just want to help.”

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Marc Ceres

May 8, 2017 | City of Hope

Marc Ceres, B.S.N., R.N., was about to start college as a business major at San Diego State University when he had what he calls “a life-defining moment.”

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