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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Geriatric oncology nurse Peggy Burhenn: Older adults need special care

January 19, 2015 | Darrin Joy

Age is the single greatest risk factor overall for cancer; our chances of developing the disease rise steeply after age 50. For geriatric oncology nurse Peggy Burhenn, the meaning is clear: Cancer is primarily a geriatric condition.

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To take control of cancer care, ask these questions

September 15, 2013 | Nicole White

In light of a new Institute of Medicine report, patients should be prepared to take charge of their care by asking questions, arming themselves with information. As the population ages, and thus becomes more prone to cancer, the nation's health care providers will have to make significant changes to prepare for the influx of new patients and to ensure that current patients are getting the best treatments possible, says a new Institute of Medicine report.

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Arti Hurria
Arti Hurria: Identifying risks in older cancer patients

July 21, 2013 | Denise Heady

Arti Hurria, M.D., director of the Cancer and Aging Research Program at City of Hope, feels strongly that too little attention has been paid to the needs of older people with cancer. She's working to change that.

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ASCO 2013: Researcher honored for her work in geriatric oncology

May 31, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Although cancer is generally a disease associated with old age, studies have shown that older patients are often underrepresented in cancer clinical trials. As such, there is often a lack of data on proper treatment dosage and schedules for this group.

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