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.

Men and Prostate Cancer: The Emotional Impact

March 9, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Prostate cancer doesn’t just affect men physically. Men diagnosed with prostate cancer face a unique set of emotional issues. The diagnosis of cancer in itself can be overwhelming enough, but the stigma associated with prostate cancer often prevents them from seeking emotional help, according to experts at City of Hope.

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Portable puppy love: Healing and hope in canine company

August 24, 2016 | Denise Heady

City of Hope’s Pet Therapy program was created to help minimize the impact of illness, manage its symptoms, and deepen the meaning of life for patients and their loved ones.

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Yoga helps cancer patients find relief

August 5, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Yoga is an ancient practice – combining breath with movement – that can be a potent stress-reducer, mood enhancer and blood pressure-reducer. A City of Hope instructor offers five poses for 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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4 Ways that cancer patients can reduce holiday stress (w/video)

November 27, 2015 | Hiu Chung So

For many people, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. However, for patients with cancer and other serious illnesses — and for survivors — the season can be a time of overwhelming stress. Here are ways that cancer patients can reduce holiday stress.

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Advice from Rob: How to overcome anxiety during a hospital stay

October 22, 2014 | rdarakjian

Cancer survivor Rob Darakjian shares tips on how to overcome anxiety and depression while being treated for cancer. Rob Darakjian   was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just 19 years old.

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Advice from Rob: Have cancer? Depressed? Do these 3 things

October 7, 2014 | rdarakjian

Cancer survivor Rob Darakjian shares tips on how to overcome anxiety and depression while being treated for cancer. Rob Darakjian   was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just 19 years old.

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Advice from Rob: What NOT to do when you're depressed, with cancer

September 24, 2014 | rdarakjian

Rob Darakjian , a former leukemia patient, shares tips on how to overcome anxiety and depression while being treated for cancer. Rob Darakjian   was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just 19 years old.

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Meet our doctors: Christine Chang on pain during cancer treatment

September 28, 2013 | Kim Proescholdt

Chronic or persistent pain affects more than 100 million Americans to the extent that they can't work, participate in physical activity or generally enjoy day-to-day activities. Chronic pain is often associated with depression, decreased productivity and can lead to an overall poor quality of life.

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