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.

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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Father, daughter bound by blood disorder

September 28, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Greg Cooper and his 10 year-old daughter Amanda both were treated for the same rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome, at City of Hope. Both are thriving post-treatment in different ways.

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People magazine features City of Hope psychologist, family as heroes among us

September 23, 2016 | By Letisia Marquez

The story of City of Hope psychologist Jeanelle Folbrecht and her husband, Eric, welcoming a teenager fighting a second bout of leukemia into their family’s home continues to touch hearts.

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‘I’m completely surprised that I’m still here’ (w/VIDEO)

September 22, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Ian MacLeod says a difficult leukemia diagnosis, and a bone marrow transplant, taught him how to be in the moment and to "not procrastinate joy."

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From sun scorched fields, to a career in nursing (W/VIDEO)

September 20, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Rodrigo Nunez went from working in sun scorched central California grape fields to a career in nursing. The inspiring turn of events began when he was treated here for aplastic anemia.

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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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