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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City of Hope Testing Novel Freezing Technique on Early-Stage Breast Cancer

August 24, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

City of Hope is among just a handful of facilities in the country — and one of only two in California — participating in a clinical trial of an exciting new way to treat breast cancer by freezing the tumor.

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Immunotherapy Drug Shown Safe and Effective in Treating Hodgkin Lymphoma

June 29, 2017 | Katie Neith

Clinical trial results in positive outcomes for patients with relapsed or treatment-resistant disease. Hodgkin lymphoma is typically considered to be one of the most curable forms of cancer, but some with the disease relapse or find that their cancer is resistant to treatment. For patients like this, a fully human monoclonal antibody called avelumab has shown promising results in a phase 1 clinical trial for safety and efficacy.

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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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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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Re-engineering stem cells to eradicate HIV in lifelong sufferer

April 19, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Aaron Kim is the first HIV patient treated as part of a new City of Hope clinical trial that will determine if a patient’s own genetically engineered bone marrow cells can safely be used to treat HIV.

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