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.

Scott Zechiel
Platelets and Chinese Food: Meet Blood Donor Scott Zechiel

November 2, 2017 | Maxine Nunes

Helping to save lives is something Scott Zechiel is passionate about. In fact, the 54-year-old software engineer has donated platelets at City of Hope nearly 300 times.

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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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Krissy Kobata - Mixed Race Bone Marrow Transplants | City of Hope
#TeamKrissy Raises Awareness of Need for Mixed-race Bone Marrow Donors

September 11, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

A mere 4 percent of those on the bone marrow transplant registry are of mixed-race background, making it very difficult for those in this population to find a donor.

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Stem cell donation
7 Tips on Becoming a Bone Marrow Donor

April 20, 2017 | City of Hope

They say the best gifts come from the heart, but the most impactful one you can give may just be in your cells. More than 7,500 patients worldwide are in need of a stem cell or bone marrow donor, and you may be that special someone who gives a desperate patient a miraculous second chance at life. Here are 7 tips on how to become a donor.

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Shawn Ahdoot, bone marrow donor, is profiled.
Five Reasons to Become a Bone Marrow Donor

March 24, 2017 | Dory Benford

When Shawn Ahdoot went to donate blood almost 10 years ago, he had no idea that it would change his life forever. Here are five reasons you, too, should become a bone marrow donor.

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Yuan Yuan, M.D., Ph.D., City of Hope breast oncologist
New Study: Deploying Genetic Screens Early May Offer Some Benefits

February 7, 2017 | Jyoti Madhusoodanan

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) tests can quickly pinpoint tumor mutations that can be targeted with specific drugs, offering a route to precision therapies for many cancer types. Coupled with new drugs that target tumor-specific genomic changes, NGS tests carry the potential to transform modern cancer care.

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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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Stem cell donation
Easier than you think: 9 facts about making a stem cell or bone marrow donation

May 6, 2016 | City of Hope

This year, 70 percent of the estimated 20,000 patients fighting blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies who need a bone marrow or stem cell transplant will not find a match within their family. This means that their best chance of survival will depend on finding a match with an unrelated donor. Learn more about how you can donate stem cell and bone marrow.

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jared reichbaum - bmt donor
Boosting bone marrow registrations by walking across “Amarrowca”

May 5, 2016 | City of Hope

At the 2014 BMT reunion, Jared Reichbaum registered to donate bone marrow or stem cells, a decision that changed his life. He attended to support his friend, City of Hope patient Joselyn Miller, who received a bone marrow transplant in 2012. Jared decided then and there he would walk across America – or “A-marrow-ca,” as he came to call it – to register potential donors.

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BMT reunion 2015
As bone marrow transplant program thrives, patient outcomes exceed expectations

February 17, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

For the 11th year in a row, the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) has recognized City of Hope’s Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program as exceeding outcome expectations for its patients, the only such program in the nation to have done so over this length of time.

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