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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George Winston, Celebrated Composer, Writes Latest Album while Recuperating at City of Hope

January 11, 2018 | Michael Easterling

Celebrated acoustic solo pianist George Winston spent most of the first quarter of 2013 at City of Hope, recuperating after receiving a lifesaving bone marrow transplant. There, he wrote his latest album, "Spring Carousel."

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#TeamKrissy Raises Awareness of Need for Mixed-race Bone Marrow Donors

September 11, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

A mere 4 percent of those on the bone marrow transplant registry are of mixed-race background, making it very difficult for those in this population to find a donor.

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Amanda and Greg Cooper
Father, daughter bound by blood disorder

September 28, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Greg Cooper and his 10 year-old daughter Amanda both were treated for the same rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome, at City of Hope. Both are thriving post-treatment in different ways.

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For bone marrow transplant patients, outcomes and data matter

August 22, 2014 | Nicole White

Nearly four decades ago, City of Hope began its bone marrow transplant program. Its first transplant reunion celebration was a single patient and his donor, also his brother. City of Hope has performed nearly 12,000 hematopoietic cell transplants, and has the best outcomes in the nation.

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Meet our doctors: Hematologist Margaret O'Donnell on myelodysplasia

August 9, 2014 | Kim Proescholdt

Myelodysplasia , sometimes referred to as myelodysplastic   syndrome or MDS, is a rare group of blood disorders caused by disrupted development of blood cells within the bone marrow, resulting in a decreased number of healthy blood cells.

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Antonia Klyn and George Winston
Bone marrow donor: Just doing the right thing to save lives

May 9, 2014 | Nicole White

Signing up to be a bone marrow donor, being selected as a match, undergoing blood tests, then driving 180 miles for the procedure, all for someone she never met, does not a hero make – not in Antonia Klyn’s book.

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Musician George Winston has new goal: Say 'thank you' in German (w/VIDEO)

April 11, 2014 | Nicole White

George Winston, known worldwide for his impressionistic, genre-defying music, considers music to be his first language, and admits he often stumbles over words – especially when he attempts languages other than English.

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Why a secondary cancer after transplant? Grant may help find clues

December 10, 2013 | Roberta Nichols

Myelodysplastic syndrome, once known as “preleukemia,” is a disease of the blood and bone marrow that often attacks people who have survived initial cancer treatment. “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts, for example, was diagnosed with the syndrome, known as MDS, in June 2012, five years after successfully undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

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Good Morning Myelodysplastic Syndrome

July 3, 2012 | Shawn Le

We’re all pretty familiar with the common side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. If we don’t know someone who’s gone through cancer — or maybe gone through it ourselves — we’ve seen patients on TV , in the movies or in books losing their hair or feeling too nauseated to move.

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