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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Palliative Care: It’s Not What You Think – And It Might Be Just What You Need

July 28, 2017 | City of Hope

Do you know how palliative medicine helps patients? The misconception is that palliative care is designed to provide comfort and pain control to people at the end of their lives. It's actually much more than that.

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‘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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Beyond Chemo: Supportive Care at City of Hope

March 15, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

With a focus on healing the whole person, City of Hope takes supportive care for cancer patients just as seriously as their medical treatment.

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Showing Love to Cancer Patients on Valentine's Day

February 10, 2017 | Dory Benford

While Valentine's Day is synonymous with heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, red roses and greeting cards, at its best, the holiday is an opportunity to express love for the people in your life who matter most. There is perhaps no group more deserving of that love than cancer patients. We asked the members of our Facebook community to share with us how their loved ones provided support, encouragement and assistance during their cancer journeys.

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Palliative care: New guidelines emphasize need to start care early in cancer diagnosis to maximize quality of life

November 7, 2016 | Denise Heady

Palliative care is crucial in cancer treatment. New guidelines, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, were developed by a multidisciplinary expert panel and recommended that patients with advanced cancer should receive dedicated palliative care services, early in the disease course.

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Interventional Pain Medicine: New Hope for Chronic Pain

October 3, 2016 | City of Hope

As cancer survival rates in the United States increase due to improving detection and treatment protocols, a growing number of patients are faced with a new and difficult challenge - living with chronic pain. Interventional pain medicine, a new specialty that draws from several branches of medicine, can provide relief to patients suffering from long-term pain.

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People magazine features City of Hope psychologist, family as heroes among us

September 23, 2016 | By Letisia Marquez

The story of City of Hope psychologist Jeanelle Folbrecht and her husband, Eric, welcoming a teenager fighting a second bout of leukemia into their family’s home continues to touch hearts.

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New laryngectomy support group provides tips, community and hope

May 27, 2016 | City of Hope

Cancer patients can use as much support as possible before, during, and after treatment, as cancer inevitably takes a tremendous physical and mental toll. That’s why City of Hope created a laryngeal cancer support group for those who have undergone a laryngectomy.

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The importance of an advanced directive
Planning today for tomorrow: Consider an advance directive

April 18, 2016 | City of Hope

City of Hope leadership, staff, patients and caregivers discuss the importance of having an Advance Directive.

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When a parent has cancer: Helping a child understand, and cope

April 4, 2016 | City of Hope

When his mother’s cervical cancer went into remission, 9-year-old Edgar Anthony de la Cueva spread the news to everyone. “My mom beat cancer,” he boasted. But the celebration soon turned bittersweet when the family learned that his father had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

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