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.

Don Dimond, Ph.D. and Vincent Chung, M.D.
Made in City of Hope: Cancer vaccine with a two-pronged approach

October 24, 2014 | City of Hope

Although chemotherapy can be effective in treating cancer, it can also exact a heavy toll on a patient’s health. One impressive alternative researchers have found is in the form of a vaccine. A type of immunotherapy, one part of the vaccine primes the body to react strongly against a tumor; the second part directly attacks the tumor itself.

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Tom Brokaw diagnosis calls attention to gains against multiple myeloma

February 12, 2014 | Tami Dennis

TV journalist Tom Brokaw’s recent acknowledgement of his multiple myeloma diagnosis calls attention not only to the disease, but also to how much progress doctors have made against it. City of Hope is home to some of the most advanced work against multiple myeloma, with researchers discovering, and refining, treatments.

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ASCO 2013: Anti-cancer vaccine proves safe

June 3, 2013 | Tami Dennis

If doubts remained about immunotherapy’s potential as a cancer fighter, a new study should help ease them. City of Hope researchers have tested a vaccine that could be used to combat cancer and found that it is indeed safe.

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Brain tumors: Cancer vaccines help the immune system fight back

February 12, 2013 | Shawn Le

On a daily basis, the immune system deals with infections, foreign contaminants and damaged cells to keep the body in operating condition. However, cancer – most notably brain cancer – has defense mechanisms that can hide from, or overwhelm, the immune system.

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antibodies attacking cancer cells
How cancer vaccines work – and what it means for the future

January 2, 2013 | Shawn Le

Vaccine research has been heralded as a bright spot in 2012's medical advances against cancer and related diseases – with potential for yielding even more progress in 2013. But although many people have experienced getting vaccinated, not everyone understands how the shots work to protect them against disease.

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