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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So, You Had a Suspicious Mammogram. What’s Next?

October 4, 2017 | Robert Young

A diagnostic mammogram can be quite stressful, but knowing what to expect - and taking the right steps to prepare - can help expedite the process and provide some peace of mind. Learn more from Veronica Jones, M.D., breast cancer surgeon.

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Liquid Biopsy Offers a New Way to Target Kidney Cancer

February 17, 2017 | Denise Heady

Despite a wave of new targeted therapies being approved to treat kidney cancer, many of those therapies have been challenging to use because of the difficulty in obtaining cancer tissue for genomic testing. Now, researchers may have found a way to combat this problem: the liquid biopsy.

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Blood and urine tests could identify lung cancer mutation without biopsy

January 26, 2015 | Nicole White

As treatments for lung cancer become more targeted and effective, the need for better technology to detect lung cancer mutations becomes increasingly important. A new clinical study at City of Hope is examining the feasibility of using blood and urine tests to detect lung cancer mutations, potentially allowing for targeted cancer treatments without an invasive biopsy.

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Breast screening within year of benign biopsy has little benefit

May 4, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

With cancer screening, more isn’t necessarily better. This is especially true for patients after a benign breast biopsy, a new study reports. After a benign breast biopsy, a part of which is shown here, women may not need routine screening for a year, a new study says.

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