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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New Mom Finds Fresh Outlook After Surviving Rare Hybrid Leukemia

May 12, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Nine months after her daughter’s birth, Monica Weld got a bad sore throat and cough that she just couldn’t shake. She and her husband went directly to the hospital, where tests showed she had not one, but two kinds of leukemia: acute lymphoblastic (ALL) and acute myeloid (AML).

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Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D., Is a Man on a Mission: Ending Childhood Leukemia

February 14, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Hailed as one of the best researchers of his generation, Markus Müschen has joined City of Hope with the singular goal of wiping out Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of cancer in children.

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New in Nature: Researchers discover sugar-addiction of cancer cells in childhood leukemia

February 13, 2017 | Katie Neith

According to a new article in Nature, a team led by City of Hope’s Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Systems Biology, thinks that sugar uptake and energy supply may play a key role in the relapse of ALL.

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Dominick Folbrecht and family
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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Jonathan Sugianto
How cancer fueled a racing career

September 21, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Twenty year old Jonathan Sugianto credits cancer with launching his career in formula car racing. The same fighting spirit that, as a child, got him through leukemia treatment at City of Hope, is what he now uses on the track to compete.

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Ivan Garcia
After Surviving Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Ivan Garcia-Burgos is Paying it Forward

September 15, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Ivan Garcia-Burgos was a typical 21-year-old: hanging out with friends, working on his beloved sports car and playing team volleyball. Yet at a time in life that should be about hope for the future, Ivan had to confront the cold reality that he may not have one - he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

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New leukemia drug helps City of Hope doctor/researcher save a dad
New leukemia drug helps City of Hope doctor/researcher save a dad's life

October 9, 2015 | Kelly Lopez

When Sergio Ramirez learned that his acute lymphoblastic leukemia had returned with a vengeance – after six months of remission – he was terrified that he’d never play football again with his three sons.

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As CAR-T immunotherapy grows, pediatric cancer patients could benefit

September 16, 2015 | Mandy Qualls

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common type of childhood cancer, accounting for about 30 percent of all pediatric cancers.

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