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.

Jim Alder Bone Marrow Recipient | City of Hope
When a Sister Becomes a Lifesaver

October 9, 2017 | Deborah Stambler

For all the things AML took away, it also gave Jim Alder a voice. His job now, he says, is to educate others on how easy it is to become a donor.

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Blood Brothers: Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient Meet Each Other for the First Time

April 28, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Each year at City of Hope's Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, a bone marrow recipient and donor have the chance to meet each other for the first time. This is their story.

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Breakthroughs - Rob Kipper and Craig Prater
Love, pride and respect conquer T cell lymphoma for married couple

July 7, 2016 | City of Hope

Effective treatment for cancer means more than a great set of doctors and facilities. It requires a culture that recognizes and values how the support of those closest to a patient can play a major part in recovery. Rob Kipper and his partner Craig Prater experienced this firsthand, when a health crisis challenged their domestic tranquility more than a decade ago.

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CMV vaccine reduces complications after stem cell transplants

December 23, 2015 | Jyoti Madhusoodanan

Between 50 and 80 percent of adults in the United States harbor a virus named CMV, or cytomegalovirus. CMV lies latent and harmless in most people. But in pregnant women or immunocompromised patients, the virus can flare up to cause infections and a form of hepatitis.

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CMVPepVax vaccine reduces complications post stem cell transplants

December 23, 2015 | Jyoti Madhusoodanan

City of Hope researchers report that the vaccine CMVPepVax is safe and elicits a protective immune response when administered to stem cell transplant recipients.

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Systemic Mastocytosis
Bone marrow transplant may be answer to incurable, fatal blood disease

September 4, 2014 | Darrin Joy

Even its name is daunting. Systemic mastocytosis is a fatal disease of the blood with no known cure. But a new study suggests a bone marrow transplant may be the answer for some patients. Systemic mastocytosis   is currently considered a fatal blood disorder.

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