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.

5 Tests Every Man Under 55 Needs

March 10, 2017 | Dory Benford

It’s vital to undergo certain exams that can detect cancer early and improve your chance of cure even when you feel perfectly fine. We spoke to Cary Presant, M.D., about the five tests every man aged 55 and under needs to take, whether you’re experiencing specific symptoms or not.

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The Wellness Gap: Dr. Erhunmwunsee on Ethnic Disparities in Lung Cancer

November 30, 2016 | Samantha Bonar

Despite the fact that overall rates of lung cancer have been declining in the United States for some time, disparities in incidence and outcome along racial lines still exist, particularly among the African American population. City of Hope's thoracic surgeon, Loretta Erhunmwunsee, M.D., discusses research findings.

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'Like the ash was growing inside me'

November 29, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

From prayer, to going cold turkey, to using a buddy system, to switching up your routine -- City of Hope asked its Facebook followers to share some creative tips they used to quit smoking. These are their top 7 tips for quitting.

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Avid Cyclist Refuses to Let Lung Cancer Slow Him Down

November 28, 2016 | Jay A. Fernandez

Nate Deibler is a passionate cyclist, but in his early thirties, he started to notice some irritating physical symptoms. A persistent cough and wheezing gave way to a period of night sweats, sleeping poorly, getting sick and coughing up blood. Then Deibler got a surprise diagnosis: lung cancer.

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Vaping Among Teens Linked to Increased Cigarette Use

November 25, 2016 | Samantha Bonar

Vaping, or e-cigarette use, has been promoted as an aid to smoking cessation, as well as a safer alternative to smoking. A new JAMA study has found that teens who vape are more likely to progress to cigarette smoking.

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Early Lung Cancer Screenings Save Lives. City of Hope Study Looks at Why More Aren’t Performed.

November 22, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Caught at an early stage, lung cancer can be successfully treated and cured. But lung cancer often isn’t diagnosed until a patient develops symptoms. By then, the disease has advanced, making it difficult to treat. Lung cancer screenings, however, can detect the disease in its infancy. A new City of Hope study looks at why more aren't performed.

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How City of Hope helped one longtime smoker finally quit smoking

November 17, 2016 | City of Hope

Joe Coussa quit smoking thanks to City of Hope's Smoking Cessation Group. Today is the Great American Smokeout – a nationwide event aimed at encouraging smokers to quit that’s sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

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City of Hope's Ravi Salgia, M.D., receives award for treatment, research on lung cancer

November 16, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

City of Hope’s Ravi Salgia, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research, has received yet another accolade that recognizes his decades-long dedication to treating lung cancer patients and researching new therapies.

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Mothers and daughters bond, fight cancer together

November 4, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Laura Rodriguez was just 18, just starting college, when she dropped out to help out her mother, Mary Grace, whose breast cancer had returned after 7 years. Thirty-five years later, cancer would happen again — and in some ways, history would repeat itself.

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