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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Everything You Need to Know About Bladder Cancer (Infographic)

May 17, 2017 | City of Hope

Though the rate of new bladder cancer diagnoses in men and women have been dropping slightly in recent years, it’s still important to arm yourself with the facts. And so, in honor of Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, here’s everything you need to know about the disease.

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A ‘Multifront’ Approach: Breakthroughs in Bladder Cancer

May 16, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Bladder cancer is a stubborn disease. Malignant cells in the bladder frequently grow back or pop up elsewhere, even if they're removed in their earliest stages. But the City of Hope surgeons and scientists working to eradicate bladder cancer are equally stubborn.

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Mary Soto
Bladder cancer patient grateful for ‘new normal’ after surgery

March 31, 2017 | Veronique de Turenne

Mary Soto was looking forward to her trip to Maui, where she would celebrate her 60th birthday with her daughter. But a visit with a urologist revealed that Soto had a sizable tumor in her bladder. A biopsy performed a few weeks later confirmed her fears – she had bladder cancer. Read her inspiring story.

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Breakthroughs in cancer research to be presented at ASCO

June 1, 2016 | Denise Heady

Members of City of Hope’s medical oncology team are part of a core group of medical professionals trying to find more ways to treat and eradicate cancer. At the 2016 ASCO meeting, they will share findings about a number of cancers and treatment approaches, including assessments of potential new therapies and comparisons of current therapies.

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Sumanta K. Pal, M.D. and Frank di Bella
The mission continues: Survivor seeks a cure for bladder cancer, raises millions

March 2, 2016 | Denise Heady

When Frank di Bella was diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer in 2011, his doctor said that he only had a few months to live. Visits to several more institutions for additional opinions resulted in the same message. But Frank did not let that derail him. Despite his grim prognosis, he continued to look for a more hopeful path — a path that led him to City of Hope.

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Bladder cancer 2016: 'Coordinated care pathways' and immunotherapy

January 1, 2016 | Veronique de Turenne

Shorter hospital stays and reduced readmission rates – those are the goals for bladder cancer patients at City of Hope in 2016. Uniquely coordinated care will make that possible.

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Bladder cancer treatment is evolving. Here are 3 important advances

July 15, 2015 | Sumanta Kumar Pal M.D.

In years past, Bladder Cancer Awareness Month has been a sobering reminder of a disease with few treatment options. For patients with metastatic disease (disease that has spread from the bladder to distant organs), average survival is typically just over one year.

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Bertram Yuh
New trends and developments in bladder cancer (w/PODCAST)

July 12, 2015 | City of Hope

Bertram Yuh is a urological cancers expert at City of Hope, an institution known for its cancer treatment and research. Bladder cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the bladder.

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Our bladder cancer experts give patients more, and better, choices

June 30, 2015 | Laurel DiGangi

“With bladder cancer, the majority of patients that I see can be cured,” said urologist Kevin Chan , M.D., head of reconstructive urology at City of Hope. “The challenge is to get patients the same quality of life that they had before surgery.

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