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.

Platelet Donor Wing Kau Fung | City of Hope
‘If I Don’t Do It, Who Else Will?’: Meet Platelet Donor Wing Kau Fung

November 7, 2017 | Maxine Nunes

In 1995, Wing Kau Fung learned that the 9-year-old daughter of his colleague had been diagnosed with leukemia. He wanted to help.

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Jim Alder Bone Marrow Recipient | City of Hope
When a Sister Becomes a Lifesaver

October 9, 2017 | Deborah Stambler

For all the things AML took away, it also gave Jim Alder a voice. His job now, he says, is to educate others on how easy it is to become a donor.

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Researchers discover sugar-addiction of cancer cells in childhood leukemia

July 10, 2017 | Katie Neith

According to a new article in Nature, a team led by City of Hope’s Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Systems Biology, thinks that sugar uptake and energy supply may play a key role in the relapse of ALL.

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City of Hope Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Cognitive Outcomes in Young Cancer Patients

July 7, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Sunita Patel, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist in the Population Sciences and Supportive Care Medicine departments at City of Hope, has received a $1.22 million grant from the American Cancer Society to test a new approach toward preventing long-term chemotherapy-related cognitive side effects in childhood cancer survivors from bilingual and Spanish-speaking families.

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Markus Muschen
The Search for the Elephant Gene

July 5, 2017 | Michael Easterling

The African bull elephant is the largest mammal on the planet, comprised of trillions of cells that should ostensibly be a breeding ground for cancer. But because of an evolutionary anomaly, elephants don’t get cancer, a fact that fascinates Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D.

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Lester Wakefield, bone marrow transplant recipient, with his donor, Jonathan Bottom
'I wouldn't be here today': Bone marrow recipient reflects on the gift of life

July 3, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Lester Wakefield has told police officer Jonathan Bottom, the young man who donated bone marrow stem cells to the 69-year-old Wakefield, that he is thankful for his lifesaving donation. He's told him many, many times. And still Wakefield feels he hasn’t thanked Bottom enough.

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City of Hope Physicians and Scientists Present Trailblazing Research at Annual ASCO Meeting

June 2, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

City of Hope physicians and researchers are headed to Chicago to present groundbreaking research on blood stem cell transplants for HIV patients, immunotherapies, unique treatment options for older adults battling breast cancer and other topics during the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) 2017 Annual Meeting June 2 to 6.

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New Mom Finds Fresh Outlook After Surviving Rare Hybrid Leukemia

May 12, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Nine months after her daughter’s birth, Monica Weld got a bad sore throat and cough that she just couldn’t shake. She and her husband went directly to the hospital, where tests showed she had not one, but two kinds of leukemia: acute lymphoblastic (ALL) and acute myeloid (AML).

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