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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7 Ways to Deal with the Dental Side Effects of Cancer Therapy

August 7, 2017 | City of Hope

Cancer treatment often causes discomfort, but many patients don’t realize that it can also cause frustrating oral side effects. These 7 strategies will help you keep smiling.

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Nutrition Tips for Cancer Patients

May 11, 2017 | Dory Benford

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation do a great job of killing cancer cells, but what happens when they also kill your appetite? Here are City of Hope dietitian Elaine Siu’s nutrition tips for the most common treatment side effects that patients experience.

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Diet during cancer treatment: Tips on managing appetite and weight loss

August 11, 2014 | Dominique Grignetti

Appetite loss may be common during cancer treatment, lasting throughout your therapy or only occasionally, but it can be managed. Keep snacks close at hand during cancer treatment in order to take advantage of  the moments when you feel like eating.

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Exploring cognitive decline after hematopoietic cell transplant

December 17, 2013 | Roberta Nichols

Hematopoietic cell transplant patients who undergo what's known as myeloablative conditioning (that is, high-intensity chemotherapy and radiation) – and who have shorter telomeres (chromosome “end caps”) – may be at greater risk for cognitive impairment after transplant, City of Hope researchers have found.

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Cymbalta can help manage pain from chemotherapy, study finds

April 4, 2013 | Shawn Le

Cancer patients treated with chemotherapy often experience side effects from the toxic compounds – the most common effects being nausea, vomiting and fatigue. Further, about 20 to 40 percent of patients who receive a category of chemotherapies known as neurotoxins can experience a painful condition known as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

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Ask the Experts: How to get clarity through the chemo brain cloud

January 24, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Cancer patients and their caregivers have long been aware of the foggy-headed feeling that accompanies cancer treatments, but this so-called “chemo brain” effect has not been studied until fairly recently.

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'My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I'd known' – Bill Brutocao

January 8, 2013 | Roberta Nichols

One in a series of stories asking former patients to reflect upon their experience ... Soon after beginning treatment for prostate cancer at City of Hope in 2008, La Canada attorney Bill Brutocao received even more disturbing news.

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Gov. Jerry Brown's radiation treatment: Few side effects expected

December 13, 2012 | Shawn Le

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he would be undergoing radiation therapy for early-stage prostate cancer – but that treatment would not prevent him from carrying out his daily duties. Such confidence may seem surprising, given the potential side effects to radiation treatment for cancer – significant nausea, fatigue and hair loss.

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