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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Blood Brothers: Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient Meet Each Other for the First Time

April 28, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Each year at City of Hope's Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, a bone marrow recipient and donor have the chance to meet each other for the first time. This is their story.

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How to Save a Life: Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient Reflect on Shared Journey

April 28, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Each year at City of Hope's Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, a bone marrow recipient and donor have the chance to meet each other for the first time. This is their story.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Bone Marrow Transplants

April 21, 2017 | City of Hope

Questions and answers about bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

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Novel Treatment May Stop Graft-Versus-Host Disease

April 18, 2017 | Katie Neith

An international team of researchers led by City of Hope’s Defu Zeng believe they may have found a way to prevent graft-versus host disease following stem cell transplants without sacrificing the transplants’ ability to fight leukemia and lymphoma.

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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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Doctors honor the Legacy of Transplant Pioneer Thomas Starzl

March 7, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Doctors nationwide are mourning the loss of Thomas E. Starzl, the surgeon and researcher who pioneered the liver transplant and the medications that made the procedure successful in the long term. Starzl died on March 4 at his home in Pittsburg at age 90.

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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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2017 Rose Parade: 7 questions for City of Hope nurse, survivor Rodrigo Nunez

December 9, 2016 | Denise Heady

For the 45th year in a row, City of Hope will participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade. This year, seven patients will welcome 2017 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. Meet survivor Rodrigo Nunez.

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Bestselling author shares her journey as a bone marrow donor in her memoir, "Marrow: A Love Story"

October 28, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Bestselling author Elizabeth Lesser discusses her most recent work, “Marrow: A Love Story.” Described as a "mesmerizing and courageous memoir," we follow the story of two sisters, Elizabeth and her younger sister Maggie. Elizabeth learns that she is a perfect match for the bone marrow transplant needed by her sister Maggie.

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Experts offer guidelines to prevent cardiovascular disease post-transplant

September 30, 2016 | Elise Lamar

Bone marrow transplant survivors have significantly higher rates of cardiovascular disease — such as heart failure, stroke, and heart attacks — compared to the general population. Saro Armenian, D.O., M.P.H., is trying to reverse these outcomes.

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