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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2018 Rose Parade: Breast Cancer Is No Match for This Marathon Runner

November 27, 2017 | Dory Benford

Ten patients will welcome 2018 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. Here, we meet float rider Jackie Solano, a daughter, sister and marathon runner.

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Breakthroughs - Daryn Rodriguez
Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer: In Remission and Loving Life

October 7, 2016 | Samantha Bonar

Daryn Rodriguez thought she was in the clear after aggressively treating her Stage 0 breast cancer with a double mastectomy. Eight years later the cancer returned and spread to her left femur. But that hasn't stopped her from living her life to the fullest.

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What I learned: 5 lessons from breast cancer survivor Amelia Tena

March 7, 2016 | City of Hope

Being diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time after a brief period of remission can be difficult and overwhelming. But for Amelia Tena, a Hispanic immigrant living in southern California, this news presented a new challenge.

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5 inspiring lessons from breast cancer survivor Kommah McDowell

October 22, 2015 | Valerie Howard

Kommah McDowell’s prognosis was devastating. When the then 29-year-old was told that she had advanced, triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer, her doctor at the time said she had a 5 percent chance to live. Then she came to City of Hope.

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Breast cancer survivor/yoga therapist Rachel Divine: Tips for patients

August 20, 2015 | Rachel Divine

Rachel Divine is a yoga therapist and patient leader for the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center. She's also a former City of Hope patient.

When someone you know has cancer, even the word “cancer” can make you feel nervous, sleepless, depressed or more. But, as a yoga teacher for 15 years and a breast cancer survivor of two years, I've found that exercise, even for five minutes a day, can offer a world of relief

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Elizabeth Lynn Meyering, M.D.
Cancer doctor/patient on life after breast cancer: You must flourish

June 4, 2015 | Elizabeth Lynn Meyering M.D.

Oncologist  Elizabeth Lynn Meyering, M.D. , an assistant clinical professor who practices at City of Hope | Simi Valley , can connect with cancer patients in a way that only a former patient herself can understand.

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Breast cancer survivor Becky Stokes: Shaving head is empowering, brave

September 24, 2014 | Nicole White

Runners prize medals for 5Ks and marathons. Becky Stokes has a medal she cherishes from a very different kind of race: the marathon of treatments necessary to beat her aggressive triple-negative breast cancer.

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Stephanie Hosford and family
Rose Parade float: Stephanie Hosford and the dreams she thought were lost

December 8, 2013 | City of Hope

Within three days in 2007, Stephanie Hosford learned she was pregnant – and that she had triple-negative breast cancer. (Credit: City of Hope) For those who have battled cancer, each tomorrow is, in reality, a dream come true.

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