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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Life After Breast Cancer

September 8, 2017 | Robert Young

For breast cancer patients, the goal of returning to “normal life” can be a powerful motivating force. But getting back to a regular routine can pose challenges that many women don’t anticipate.

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Just Breathe: The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation in Cancer Care

August 14, 2017 | City of Hope

Want to feel calmer and more relaxed, experience less anxiety and depression, sleep better and feel a greater sense of overall wellbeing? You’re in luck. Meditation might help with all of those things.

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‘I’m completely surprised that I’m still here’ (w/VIDEO)

September 22, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Ian MacLeod says a difficult leukemia diagnosis, and a bone marrow transplant, taught him how to be in the moment and to "not procrastinate joy."

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In breast cancer treatment, patients come first

October 14, 2015 | Veronique de Turenne

For every woman who receives a breast cancer diagnosis, the initial shock is followed by a steep learning curve. How to choose the right doctor, how to decide on the best treatment plan, where to find promising clinical trials, and how to manage both the physical and emotional fallout of the disease – all of it is daunting.

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Breast cancer survivor/yoga therapist Rachel Divine: Tips for patients

August 20, 2015 | Rachel Divine

Rachel Divine is a yoga therapist and patient leader for the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center. She's also a former City of Hope patient.

When someone you know has cancer, even the word “cancer” can make you feel nervous, sleepless, depressed or more. But, as a yoga teacher for 15 years and a breast cancer survivor of two years, I've found that exercise, even for five minutes a day, can offer a world of relief

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Meditation: Free your mind, and the rest will follow

September 25, 2012 | Alicia Di Rado

You can ease your chronic pain, lower high blood pressure and anxiety and even drop levels of stress hormones through a simple step, and it doesn’t even cost anything. All you have to do is think – or maybe stop thinking so hard.

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Cancer patients clamoring for complementary therapies

July 10, 2012 | Alicia Di Rado

When you’ve got cancer, you'll do everything to fight it. A national study showed that for two of every five cancer patients , “everything” includes mind-body therapies. Daisy Rivera (Photo by Alicia Di Rado) Should science-based cancer centers offer these therapies despite little evidence, though? Scientific proof behind many spiritual and holistic health techniques is spotty, but research is starting to point out roles for yoga, acupuncture and meditation.

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