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.

Lester Wakefield, bone marrow transplant recipient, with his donor, Jonathan Bottom
'I wouldn't be here today': Bone marrow recipient reflects on the gift of life

July 3, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Lester Wakefield has told police officer Jonathan Bottom, the young man who donated bone marrow stem cells to the 69-year-old Wakefield, that he is thankful for his lifesaving donation. He's told him many, many times. And still Wakefield feels he hasn’t thanked Bottom enough.

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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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After months of waiting, Los Angeles County Sheriff's sergeant finds a donor

March 27, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Jorge Chavez has overcome one major hurdle in his battle against leukemia. He has found a donor.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sergeant, father of four, seeks bone marrow donor

February 7, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jorge Chavez is in search of a bone marrow donor for a transplant. He is battling acute myeloid leukemia.

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Anthony S. Stein, M.D., on Craig Sager's Death From Acute Myeloid Leukemia

December 20, 2016 | Samantha Bonar

TNT's veteran NBA courtside reporter Craig Sager, known as much for his flamboyant suits as his sideline interviews, died on December 15 after a two-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

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ASH 2016: Groundbreaking new trials show promise for lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients

December 7, 2016 | City of Hope

Numerous clinical trials, which lay the groundwork for novel approaches to lymphoma and multiple myeloma therapies, could ultimately lead to new treatments that improve survival and quality of life for patients with those and other diseases. Additional studies give new insight into best practices for the treatment of various blood cancers.

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Meet our Doctors: Pediatric oncologist Weili Sun on the future of leukemia research and treatment

November 21, 2016 | Hannah Glenn

Weili Sun, M.D., Ph.D., is on a mission to develop new treatment options for children with leukemia. She feels that no family should ever go through what her parents or sister went through.

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Ian Macleod
‘I’m completely surprised that I’m still here’ (w/VIDEO)

September 22, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Ian MacLeod says a difficult leukemia diagnosis, and a bone marrow transplant, taught him how to be in the moment and to "not procrastinate joy."

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