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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Public Safety Officers Sport Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 4, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Michele Dahlstein, 53, a kindergarten teacher from Upland, California, was treated for breast cancer at City of Hope in 2014 and now is involved with the Pink Patch Project as a speaker.

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Make breast cancer awareness a year-round focus (with infographic)

October 12, 2016 | City of Hope

October may be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but breast cancer awareness should really be top-of-mind throughout the year. Here are the most important symptoms, statistics, risk factors and risk reducers worth remembering all year long.

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Six things women can do to reduce their risk for breast cancer

October 11, 2016 | City of Hope

There are many factors for breast cancer that can be reduced through simple lifestyle and behavior changes. Joanne Mortimer, M.D., encourages women to take the following steps to minimize their chance of getting breast cancer.

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2016 Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Better options for each and every patient

October 10, 2016 | City of Hope

As the United States continues to observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, City of Hope is approaching the month as it always does — delivering innovative treatments to women and men recently diagnosed with breast cancer; working to find new treatments and cures for those who will be diagnosed in the future; and, ultimately, trying to prevent breast cancer from occurring at all.

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Breakthroughs - Ed Headtke & Pink Patch Project
Police sergeant, lymphoma survivor rallies his troops to raise awareness for breast cancer research

October 10, 2016 | Michael Easterling

As a police sergeant, Ed Headtke had his share of life-threatening moments over the years, but none perhaps hitting home closer than his cancer diagnosis two years ago. Now, with 70 other police agencies, he's helping raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

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Breast Cancer Screening
New breast density study and breast cancer risk: What you should know

December 6, 2015 | Tami Dennis

Women with dense breast tissue have long been warned that they may be at a higher risk of breast cancer. With a new study suggesting that may not be the case, many may be tempted to skip their regular mammogram.

Not so fast.

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Study to assess breast cancer's link to pollutant exposure in menopause

November 3, 2015 | City of Hope

Two leading City of Hope researchers have received a National Institutes of Health grant to investigate a long-held view that environmental factors could incite the development of breast cancer. An intriguing twist of their research, however, is that when a woman is in menopausal transition, it may increase the probability of developing the disease due to environmental pollutants.

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Commit to practicing breast cancer awareness all year long

October 31, 2015 | Valerie Howard

Breast cancer awareness shouldn’t be limited to the month of October, not with breast cancer the second-leading cause of cancer death among women and an estimated 231,840 American women expected to be diagnosed each year. Here are important 2015 breast cancer facts, symptoms and risk factors worth remembering, all year long.

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Making life easier: 10 tips for breast cancer patients in treatment

October 23, 2015 | Veronique De Turenne

From the moment of a breast cancer diagnosis, the emphasis is on treating the disease. But cancer support specialists say that by taking some surprisingly simple steps, patients can manage the physical and emotional side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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Better breast cancer detection at a lower cost: The future may be here

October 20, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

A new spin on a tried-and-true imaging system could potentially provide more women with superior breast cancer detection at a lower cost.

Although 2-D and, more recently, 3-D digital mammograms (also called tomosynthesis) have been the standard for general breast cancer screening, many experts recommend supplementing the mammogram with a breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) for women at higher risk. Patients who've already been diagnosed with the disease typically also undergo an MRI to help pinpoint the location and size of the tumors.

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