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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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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City of Hope's Steven T. Rosen, M.D., on the Impact of the TGen Alliance

December 1, 2016 | City of Hope

In this Q and A, Steven T. Rosen, M.D., provost and chief scientific officer for City of Hope, answers questions about the importance of precision of medicine in the fight against cancer and how the City of Hope and TGen alliance will advance research and treatment using this approach.

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Genetic Testing and Research: A Key Focus for Tackling the Most Aggressive Types of Thyroid Cancer

November 15, 2016 | Travis Marshall

For most people diagnosed with thyroid cancer, treatment is a relatively straightforward combination of surgery and radioactive iodine treatment. But that is not always the case. Behrouz Salehian, M.D., discusses the different ways to treat this disease.

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