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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New Treatments and Personalized Care Offer Hope for Stomach Cancer Patients

January 6, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Although it is uncommon in the U.S., stomach cancer is a serious, often devastating disease. But less than 25 percent of patients who are diagnosed with stomach cancer in the U.S. survive for five years. City of Hope’s physicians and scientists are committed to changing this.

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Breakthroughs - genetic testing
Breast cancer survivor urges young women to consider genetic testing

December 22, 2015 | Valerie Howard

Young women can feel as if they’re invincible, with no need to worry about something as remote as cancer – and certainly no need to worry about how their family members’ health might affect their own. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially for women of Hispanic and African American descent. Women of those ethnic backgrounds are more likely than other women to die from cancer.

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BRCA gene mutations
New screening panel could target BRCA mutations common to Hispanic women

February 18, 2015 | Nicole White

Although many Hispanic women face a high risk of mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes – increasing their risk of breast and ovarian cancer – screenings for these mutations can be prohibitively expensive in Mexico and other Latin American countries.

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2 researchers (one on aging, one on genetics) get breast cancer grants

October 21, 2014 | Darrin Joy

Advanced age tops the list among breast cancer risk factor for women. Not far behind is family history and genetics. Two City of Hope researchers delving deep into these issues recently received important grants to advance their studies.

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'Mutant Diaries' resonates among women with BRCA genetic mutations

October 28, 2013 | Tami Dennis

"How far would you go to save your life?" That's the question faced by women who find they're carriers of the BRCA genetic mutations, which dramatically increase their risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

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Latinas and breast cancer: Researcher's genetic work gets a boost

October 2, 2013 | Nicole White

Most breast cancers are not genetic, but for women who carry a BRCA mutation, their risk of developing breast cancer can be as high as 85 percent over their lifetime. City of Hope researchers received $380,000 to study breast cancer mutations that affect Latinas.

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5 myths, and the reality, about genetic testing for breast cancer

April 12, 2013 | Wayne Lewis

People with a family history of breast cancer often seek genetic testing to find out whether they carry mutations to key genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2, greatly increasing their risk for breast cancer and other diseases.

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Study suggests 'neutral' response to genetic tests. But ...

February 13, 2013 | Tami Dennis

People who learn they have BRCA genetic mutations seem to largely take that newfound knowledge in stride, using the results to confidently make decisions about their health – specifically as those decisions relate to their increased risk for breast cancer.

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'My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I'd known' – Luisa Najera

January 22, 2013 | Roberta Nichols

One in a series of stories asking former patients to reflect upon their experience ... Not long after the birth of her second child in 2008, Luisa Najera felt a lump in her breast. Former breast cancer patient Luisa Najera, shown with her husband and two children, urges patients to advocate for themselves.

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BRCA genes
Genetic tests may miss BRCA mutations in Latinas, study says

January 11, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Many diseases are caused by both genetic and environmental factors, but for many breast and ovarian cancers, mutations in the BRCA genes drastically shift the blame to genetics. Women with these mutations face a five- to 30-fold increased risk of developing such cancers – compared to women without the mutations – and their risk of developing breast cancer can be as high as 85 percent over their lifetime.

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