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.

Defu Zeng City of Hope
New Clues Could Point to Better Treatments for Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

November 9, 2017 | By Katie Neith

City of Hope’s Defu Zeng, professor of diabetes immunology and hematopoietic cell transplantation and colleagues recently uncovered important information about the chronic GVHD.

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Hybrid Nurse Alpha Clinic | City of Hope
City of Hope’s Alpha Clinic Plots ‘the Future of Nursing’

November 3, 2017 | Wayne Lewis

According to a new paper in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, the authors identify the role of a nurse qualified in both patient care and research protocols, the so-called “hybrid nurse” — a homegrown City of Hope innovation — as an important component of their success in the development of the Alpha Clinic.

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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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Simon Bray Multiple Myeloma | City of Hope
Simon Bray: Beating the Odds

October 2, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Simon Bray had been ignoring a chronic backache for months until one day in the gym, he fractured a vertebra. Puzzled by the unusual workout injury, doctors ran a bunch of tests, which revealed multiple myeloma.

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Donna McNutt, City of Hope Volunteer | City of Hope
‘Community of Warriors’: Transplant Mentors Offer Hope, Encouragement to Patients

July 27, 2017 | Steven Dolainski

Together, City of Hope transplant mentors form a small but powerful team trained to talk to transplant patients and their caregivers, answer questions and offer encouragement.

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Joe Gold, Manufacturing Director, Center for Biomedicine and Genetics, City of Hope
Joe Gold: Stem Cell Champion

July 13, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Joseph Gold, Ph.D., is chief overseer of a sprawling, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility cranking out mass quantities of carefully engineered stem cells aimed at curing the most dangerous and debilitating diseases of our time.

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Dan Rojas
HIV Stem Cell Trial Patient Strives, Cycles for a Cure

June 13, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Dan Rojas, 31, who has been living with HIV since 2011, is one of a handful of brave patients participating in a groundbreaking study at City of Hope that seeks a cure for AIDS.

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Breakthroughs - ASCO
City of Hope Physicians and Scientists Present Trailblazing Research at Annual ASCO Meeting

June 2, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

City of Hope physicians and researchers are headed to Chicago to present groundbreaking research on blood stem cell transplants for HIV patients, immunotherapies, unique treatment options for older adults battling breast cancer and other topics during the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) 2017 Annual Meeting June 2 to 6.

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BMT - Evan and Natalia
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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BMT - Sergio Family
How to Save a Life: Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient Reflect on Shared Journey

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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