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.

Leo Wang
Meet our doctors: How Leo Wang is revolutionizing the way that pediatric and blood cancers are treated

March 17, 2017 | Denise Heady

Dual-trained pediatric oncologist and scientist Leo Wang, M.D., Ph.D., is working in the lab to understand how blood cells develop and grow, and plans to use that information to help patients with cancer live longer and experience fewer side effects of treatment.

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Anti-leukemia drug proves safe in phase 1 trials
Blood cancers: The basics you should know

April 8, 2016 | Denise Heady

On a recent segment of “KTLA 5 morning news,” City of Hope neurosurgeon and scientist Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D., discussed how City of Hope is pioneering the treatment of blood cancers through bone marrow transplantation.

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Leslie Poppelwell, M.D.
The promise of a more durable treatment for recurrent blood cancers

December 6, 2015 | Elise Lamar

Cancer researchers increasingly realize that drug combinations, as opposed to single drugs, may be the best treatment approach. If so, some are asking, why not entirely different treatment regimens to create the ultimate weapon against tumors? City of Hope researchers are addressing that possibility by combining two approaches at which they excel.

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cancer research in 2015
Cancer research 2015: T cell immunotherapy, targeted drugs and more

January 1, 2015 | Tami Dennis

Every year, researchers make gains in the understanding of cancer, and physicians make gains in the treatment of cancer. As a result, every year, more cancer patients survive their disease. In 2015, cancer research will move forward in ways both high-profile and little-heralded.

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Joseph Alvarnas, M.D.
Stem cell transplants OK for HIV-linked lymphoma patients, study finds

December 8, 2014 | Nicole White

Patients with HIV-associated lymphoma may soon have increased access to the current standard of care for some non-HIV infected patients – autologous stem cell transplants. City of Hope's Joseph Alvarnas shares results from a City of Hope study at the annual ASH meeting that supports change to standard of care for HIV lymphoma.

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bone marrow transplant
For bone marrow transplant patients, outcomes and data matter

August 22, 2014 | Nicole White

Nearly four decades ago, City of Hope began its bone marrow transplant program. Its first transplant reunion celebration was a single patient and his donor, also his brother. City of Hope has performed nearly 12,000 hematopoietic cell transplants, and has the best outcomes in the nation.

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Survivors and family at the BMT Reunion
This celebration (Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion) includes reflection

May 7, 2014 | Nicole White

At City of Hope's upcoming Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion on Friday, May 9, hundreds of patients and the doctors and nurses who cared for them through their battles with cancer and other hematologic diseases will celebrate life and second chances.

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Join a bone marrow donor registry; you just might save a life

April 28, 2014 | Nicole White

For many patients with hematological cancers, transplantation is their best – and sometimes only – chance at a cure. Thousands of patients each year rely on unrelated donors to provide stem cells or bone marrow for transplant.

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