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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2018 Rose Parade: Colon, thyroid cancer survivor: Embracing the ‘new me’

November 28, 2017 | Denise Heady

Ten patients will welcome 2018 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. The float, themed "Transforming Lives with Hope," adds a deeper dimension to the parade’s theme of “Making a Difference.” Here, we meet float rider Rosemary Estrada, a mother of a teenage daughter and colon and thyroid cancer survivor.

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5 Tests Every Man Under 55 Needs

March 10, 2017 | Dory Benford

It’s vital to undergo certain exams that can detect cancer early and improve your chance of cure even when you feel perfectly fine. We spoke to Cary Presant, M.D., about the five tests every man aged 55 and under needs to take, whether you’re experiencing specific symptoms or not.

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Hereditary colon cancer day will bring families together

July 6, 2016 | City of Hope

The Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics at City of Hope and the Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation will be holding a free conference called Hereditary Colon Cancer Family Day. The all-day event will bring together families affected by hereditary colon cancer syndromes and provide access to medical experts for a day of education, socialization and support.

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The 5 biggest myths about getting a colonoscopy

March 23, 2016 | City of Hope

A colonoscopy can save your life. Yet, according to colorectal cancer expert Donald David, M.D., many reasons people have for delaying or avoiding this lifesaving test are pure myths. In this video, Dr. David debunks some of the common myths and misperceptions about colonoscopy screenings.

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31 facts about colorectal cancer you need to know

March 15, 2016 | City of Hope

March is national colorectal cancer awareness month, and a good time to brush up on the facts surrounding the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the country. Here are 31 facts you need to know.

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Meet our doctors: Surgeon Kurt Melstrom encourages colorectal cancer screening

March 1, 2016 | Denise Heady

Surgeon Kurt Melstrom, M.D., clinical professor of surgery at City of Hope, explains the main causes of colorectal cancer, the importance of screening and the growing list of treatments for the disease.

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Colorectal cancer 2016: Robotic surgery, more screening options

December 30, 2015 | Veronique de Turenne

Screening for colorectal cancer will improve in 2016. So too will surgical techniques. The result of both will be improved survival and faster recoveries for patients.

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Colon cancer: Why screening absolutely saves lives (w/PODCAST)

June 21, 2015 | City of Hope

Stephen M. Sentovich is a clinical professor in the Department of Surgery with extensive experience in the surgical treatment and management of colon and rectal cancers.

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Cancer Insights: A message from 'Simpsons' co-creator Sam Simon

March 15, 2015 | Cary Presant

Sam Simon, co-creator of "The Simpsons, died of colon cancer during Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In his death, there is a lesson for us all. Credit: Getty Images March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.

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Observe World Cancer Day by reducing your cancer risk. Here's how:

February 1, 2015 | Nicole White

With this week's World Cancer Day challenging us to think about cancer on a global scale, we should also keep in mind that daily choices affect cancer risk on an individual scale. Simply put, lifestyle changes and everyday actions can reduce your cancer risk and perhaps prevent some cancers.

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