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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So, You Had a Suspicious Mammogram. What’s Next?

October 4, 2017 | Robert Young

A diagnostic mammogram can be quite stressful, but knowing what to expect - and taking the right steps to prepare - can help expedite the process and provide some peace of mind. Learn more from Veronica Jones, M.D., breast cancer surgeon.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer

September 29, 2017 | Dory Benford

In the case of cervical cancer, there is good news. Over the past 40 years, the mortality rate for cervical cancer patients has decreased by over 50 percent, thanks to the increased prevalence of the Pap test. The even better news is that in many cases, cervical cancer can be avoided altogether.

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Breast Cancer Screenings: What You Should Know

August 11, 2017 | City of Hope

What should you know about breast cancer screening? Whatever your risk level, it’s important to know your options so you can spot abnormalities early and treat them properly. City of Hope's Monique White-Dominguez, D.O., discusses the current options and recommendations.

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Bridging The Gap: Educating Minority Communities About Cancer Prevention

July 31, 2017 | Dory Benford

At City of Hope, the Center of Community Alliance for Research & Education (CCARE), seeks to facilitate better communication with minority patients, particularly about cancer prevention, by fostering strong partnerships with various community organizations.

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5 Tests Every Man Under 55 Needs

March 10, 2017 | Dory Benford

It’s vital to undergo certain exams that can detect cancer early and improve your chance of cure even when you feel perfectly fine. We spoke to Cary Presant, M.D., about the five tests every man aged 55 and under needs to take, whether you’re experiencing specific symptoms or not.

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Make March the Month You "Screen to Save"

March 2, 2017 | City of Hope

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer and the second deadliest. Despite those grim statistics, in most states less than 20 percent of racial and ethnic minorities have been screened for CRC within the past year. For physicians and scientists at City of Hope, that number is far too low.

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The Wellness Gap: Dr. Erhunmwunsee on Ethnic Disparities in Lung Cancer

November 30, 2016 | Samantha Bonar

Despite the fact that overall rates of lung cancer have been declining in the United States for some time, disparities in incidence and outcome along racial lines still exist, particularly among the African American population. City of Hope's thoracic surgeon, Loretta Erhunmwunsee, M.D., discusses research findings.

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Early Lung Cancer Screenings Save Lives. City of Hope Study Looks at Why More Aren’t Performed.

November 22, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Caught at an early stage, lung cancer can be successfully treated and cured. But lung cancer often isn’t diagnosed until a patient develops symptoms. By then, the disease has advanced, making it difficult to treat. Lung cancer screenings, however, can detect the disease in its infancy. A new City of Hope study looks at why more aren't performed.

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How City of Hope helped one longtime smoker finally quit smoking

November 17, 2016 | City of Hope

Joe Coussa quit smoking thanks to City of Hope's Smoking Cessation Group. Today is the Great American Smokeout – a nationwide event aimed at encouraging smokers to quit that’s sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

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5 Steps to a Better Breast Self-exam (w/Video)

October 21, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

If your monthly breast self-exam happens in the shower — sporadically — and involves a quick once-over of your breasts, you may be missing some important elements of an effective exam. City of Hope breast surgeon Laura Kruper, M.D., M.S., offers tips for a more effective exam.

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