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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Simon Bray: Beating the Odds

October 2, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Simon Bray had been ignoring a chronic backache for months until one day in the gym, he fractured a vertebra. Puzzled by the unusual workout injury, doctors ran a bunch of tests, which revealed multiple myeloma.

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Fertility After Cancer: Your Questions Answered

August 29, 2017 | City of Hope

For many, having a family is an important phase of life after cancer. But cancer can affect the odds of conceiving a baby. Here’s what you need to know about planning for and addressing cancer-related infertility.

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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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Detecting – and Preventing – Heart Disease in Cancer Patients

December 14, 2016 | City of Hope

As new treatments and therapies for cancer emerge, the survival rate for patients continues to improve. But treatment takes its toll on the body, and heart disease is one of the more common byproducts of chemotherapy or radiation. New guidelines from City of Hope's Dr. Saro Armenian aim to detect - and prevent - heart disease in cancer patients.

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New Clinical Guidelines Released for Detecting Heart Disease in Cancer Patients

December 14, 2016 | City of Hope

As new treatments and therapies for cancer emerge, the survival rate for patients continues to improve. But treatment takes its toll on the body, and heart disease is one of the more common byproducts of chemotherapy or radiation. New guidelines from City of Hope's Dr. Saro Armenian aim to detect - and prevent - heart disease in cancer patients.

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‘Cancer Fashionista’ dresses up to face myeloma

July 15, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Appearance and emotions are often intertwined, so it stands to reason that improving what’s going on outwardly could help a patient - at least emotionally - face what’s going on inside with cancer. City of Hope patient Donna McNutt offers tips.

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Struggling with chemo brain? 7 tips that will help

February 3, 2016 | Nancy Brands Ward

As an editor for more than 20 years, Erin Michaela Sweeney was adept at helping people find the right words to express themselves. But after five rounds of chemotherapy, she found herself using the imprecise word “thingy” in sentences to refer to objects whose name she couldn’t remember.

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Lipstick Angels use beauty to help patients transform and heal

December 2, 2015 | Veronique de Turenne

How’s this for unfair - the chemotherapy and radiation that can save a cancer patient’s life are the very things that wreak havoc on appearance. Enter Renata Helfman, a Hollywood makeup artist and the founder of the nonprofit group, Lipstick Angels. Staffed by volunteer makeup artists and aestheticians who offer their services for free, the mission of Lipstick Angels is to show patients how a regular beauty routine can help them look and feel better.

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In the news: Intraperitoneal chemotherapy for ovarian cancer

August 4, 2015 | Tami Dennis

Delivering chemotherapy directly to the abdomen in women with advanced ovarian cancer is part of an effective treatment regimen that’s too little used. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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