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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HIV Stem Cell Trial Patient Strives, Cycles for a Cure

June 13, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Dan Rojas, 31, who has been living with HIV since 2011, is one of a handful of brave patients participating in a groundbreaking study at City of Hope that seeks a cure for AIDS.

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A ‘Multifront’ Approach: Breakthroughs in Bladder Cancer

May 16, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Bladder cancer is a stubborn disease. Malignant cells in the bladder frequently grow back or pop up elsewhere, even if they're removed in their earliest stages. But the City of Hope surgeons and scientists working to eradicate bladder cancer are equally stubborn.

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New Study Aims to Improve Quality of Life for Ostomy Patients

April 20, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

A new study is aimed at helping recent cancer survivors who have ostomies. The three-year randomized controlled trial is an ostomy self-management training program that hopes to coach cancer survivors to care for their ostomies via teleconferencing.

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CAR-T Cell Trial for Multiple Myeloma to Launch in 2017

March 22, 2017 | Travis Marshall

CAR-T cell therapy research at City of Hope is an innovative and promising approach that recruits the body’s own immune system in the fight against some of the hardest-to-treat cancers, including multiple myeloma.

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As new City of Hope vice provost, Arti Hurria wants to give back

March 7, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

As new vice provost for clinical faculty for City of Hope, Arti Hurria, M.D., will have primary oversight of academic and faculty affairs for physician faculty in the clinical professor series. She supports City of Hope’s mission to increase the diversity of clinical faculty, and is responsible for designing, implementing and assessing various programs to address faculty diversity, recruitment, retention and advancement.

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Inside CAR-T Cell Brain Surgery

January 4, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

Sketches of a brain surgery performed on B., one of several patients in a breakthrough clinical trial for brain cancer at City of Hope. Early results of the trial — describing promising results using CAR-T cells for a 50-year-old patient with an aggressive brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme — were published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CAR-T cells: ‘Soldiers of the Immune System’

December 30, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

When viewed under a microscope, T cells - sentinels of the immune system whose job inside the body is to seek out foreign invaders - quiver as they surround and consume cancer cells. They were genetically modified in a lab by City of Hope researchers and trained to target specific receptors on patients’ brain tumors - part of an emerging approach to cancer care called immunotherapy.

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ASH 2016: Groundbreaking new trials show promise for lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients

December 7, 2016 | City of Hope

Numerous clinical trials, which lay the groundwork for novel approaches to lymphoma and multiple myeloma therapies, could ultimately lead to new treatments that improve survival and quality of life for patients with those and other diseases. Additional studies give new insight into best practices for the treatment of various blood cancers.

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World AIDS Day: HIV Control – If Not a Cure – Within Sight

December 1, 2016 | Samantha Bonar

There has been great progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and continued efforts to end this global epidemic. Advances, such as anti-retroviral therapy, have revolutionized HIV treatment. Now, researchers are edging closer to the ultimate goal: a cure.

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