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: ‘I Just Want to Help’: A Platelet Donor Gives Back to Honor His Mom

October 20, 2017 | Denise Heady

Ever since Bliley's mother passed away from Hodgkin lymphoma when he was 8 years old, he knew he wanted to help other patients like his mom. He just wasn’t sure how. When he turned 18, he finally found a way – by donating platelets to cancer patients who desperately needed transfusions to live.

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City of Hope to Provide First FDA-approved CAR-T Cell Therapy for Some Types of Lymphoma

October 18, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope will be the one of the first authorized centers in the nation to provide axicabtagene ciloleucel, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today is the first approved CAR-T therapy for adult patients who have not responded to or who have relapsed after at least two other kinds of treatment.

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Monica Curiel, City of Hope patient, author
Young Lymphoma Survivor Pens Children’s Book

July 12, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Monica Curiel was 19 years old, a freshman in college, when diagnosed. Now a survivor, her book, Stella's Picture Day, for pediatric cancer patients, was published in May 2016.

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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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Caregiver, Cancer Survivor and Author: City of Hope Nurse Christine Magnus Moore

June 5, 2017 | Michael Easterling

As an oncology nurse, Christine Magnus Moore, R.N., B.S.N., has cared for patients going through the most challenging circumstances one can imagine. But she didn’t fully comprehend the courage of these cancer patients until she became one herself.

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Mark Paolera
Immunotherapy Gives Hodgkin Lymphoma Patient a Second Chance

May 26, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Four years ago, Mark Paolera, now 39, was busy enjoying the typical active California lifestyle, including mountain biking, hiking and deep-sea fishing. After a battery of tests, Paolera was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma in May of 2014.

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Trial Results Point to Promising Treatments for Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

January 9, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Everything changed when Hodgkin lymphoma patient Lowell Winer joined a Phase II clinical trial examining the effectiveness of brentuximab vedotin (BV) after a failed transplant. The BV worked immediately, achieving a complete remission which, year after year, proved to be durable beyond anyone's expectations.

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Hodgkin lymphoma survivor and LAPD Commander to ride 2017 City of Hope Rose Parade float

December 17, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

For the 45th year in a row, City of Hope will participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade. This year, seven patients will welcome 2017 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. Meet Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Commander Ann Clark.

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2017 Rose Parade: 6 questions for non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Darrell George

December 5, 2016 | Denise Heady

For the 45th year in a row, City of Hope will participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade. This year, seven patients will welcome 2017 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. Meet non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor Darrell George.

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