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.

Doctors honor the Legacy of Transplant Pioneer Thomas Starzl

March 7, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Doctors nationwide are mourning the loss of Thomas E. Starzl, the surgeon and researcher who pioneered the liver transplant and the medications that made the procedure successful in the long term. Starzl died on March 4 at his home in Pittsburg at age 90.

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Scientists uncover important step in tumors' blocking of immune system

March 19, 2014 | Nicole White

Cancers thrive and spread in part because of their ability to create fortresses around themselves that ward off the body’s natural immune defenses, a so-called immunosuppressive microenvironment.  A new study sheds light on how a tumor is able to work against the body's immune system, a discovery with the potential to unlock new immunotherapies.

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