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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Brain tumors and cancer: what you need to know

July 18, 2017 | Denise Heady

Say the words “brain tumor” and most people will likely think of cancer. But the truth is, having a brain tumor doesn’t always lead to a cancer diagnosis.

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MEET OUR DOCTORS: Behnam Badie on why ‘being a neurosurgeon is not enough’

July 17, 2017 | Denise Heady

Driven in part by the plight of his patients and his father, chief of neurosurgery Behnam Badie, M.D., spends nearly as much time in the laboratory as he does in the operating room. He wants to help not just today's patients, but tomorrow's. 

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CAR-T cells: ‘Soldiers of the Immune System’

July 10, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

When viewed under a microscope, T cells - sentinels of the immune system whose job inside the body is to seek out foreign invaders - quiver as they surround and consume cancer cells. They were genetically modified in a lab by City of Hope researchers and trained to target specific receptors on patients’ brain tumors - part of an emerging approach to cancer care called immunotherapy.

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Cancer insights: Cancer patients are superhuman

June 5, 2017 | Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D.

In the past seven years at City of Hope, I’ve had the privilege of providing care for many patients with cancer. Quite simply, they are the real superhumans. Please allow me to offer four examples for your consideration, from my personal insight.

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New Compound Discovered in the Battle Against Brain Cancer

January 30, 2017 | City of Hope

A study led by scientists at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a City of Hope affiliate, has identified "a potent inhibitory compound" in the elusive hunt for an improved treatment against glioblastoma, the most common and deadly type of adult brain cancer.

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Inside CAR-T Cell Brain Surgery

January 4, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

Sketches of a brain surgery performed on B., one of several patients in a breakthrough clinical trial for brain cancer at City of Hope. Early results of the trial — describing promising results using CAR-T cells for a 50-year-old patient with an aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme — were published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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19-year-old honors grandmother by raising money for brain cancer research

September 27, 2016 | Veronique de Turenne

When Nick Troftgruben lost his grandmother to brain cancer three years ago, he promised himself that he would do something significant to honor her memory. By organizing a four-month, 2,659 mile fundraising hike and generous donation to glioblastoma research at City of Hope, he fulfilled that pledge.

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Inside the lab: Training your immune system to fight cancer

July 11, 2016 | Denise Heady

Soon, brain cancer will be treated differently. Just ask scientist Christine Brown, Ph.D., associate director of the T Cell Immunotherapy Laboratory at City of Hope. Brown is on the forefront of a specific kind of immunotherapy: CAR-T cell therapy. Here, Brown tells us how this type of therapy works and what it could mean for future treatment.

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Mother honors son with comedy fundraiser for brain cancer research

May 12, 2016 | Denise Heady

Diane Peacock uses May, Brain Tumor Awareness Month, as a time to recognize, remember and spread awareness about brain cancer - the deadly disease that took her son’s life when he was just four days shy of his 19th birthday.

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Brain cancer 2016: Using CAR-T cell therapy to fight tumors

December 28, 2015 | Denise Heady

Patients have long needed a better treatment option for brain tumors. As we enter 2016, just such an option is taking shape: CAR-T cell therapy.

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