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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‘Prehab’ to Rehab: New Program Gets Older Patients and Their Caregivers Up and Active

November 9, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope researchers are piloting a new intervention for older patients and their family caregivers to provide “prehabilitation” — a mirror image of the regimen many patients take up after surgery.

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City of Hope’s Alpha Clinic Plots ‘the Future of Nursing’

November 3, 2017 | Wayne Lewis

According to a new paper in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, the authors identify the role of a nurse qualified in both patient care and research protocols, the so-called “hybrid nurse” — a homegrown City of Hope innovation — as an important component of their success in the development of the Alpha Clinic.

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City of Hope Researcher Tracks Surgery Patients Via Fitbit in New Study

June 20, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Tracking patients using wireless wrist monitors like Fitbits is a good way to evaluate their recovery after major surgery, according to new research published in JAMA Surgery by City of Hope’s Virginia Sun, Ph.D., R.N., an assistant professor in the Division of Nursing Research and Education.

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From sun scorched fields, to a career in nursing (W/VIDEO)

September 20, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Rodrigo Nunez went from working in sun scorched central California grape fields to a career in nursing. The inspiring turn of events began when he was treated here for aplastic anemia.

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David Fuentes, R.N.: A passion for patients, and guitar picks

May 30, 2016 | City of Hope

During a month that celebrates both Mother’s Day and Nurses Week, David Fuentes, R.N., credits his mom for his career choice.

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Cindy Tsai, R.N.: Moving in different directions, but always with passion

May 24, 2016 | City of Hope

City of Hope surgical nurse Cindy Tsai, R.N., loves everything about dancing the flamenco, but having moving experiences is nothing new to her. Tsai, who has been with City of Hope for 10 years, said she is moved whenever she can “hold a patient’s hand and comfort them as they go under anesthesia ... "

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Carrie Clark, R.N.: Giving patient care full rein

May 13, 2016 | City of Hope

In honor of national nurses week, the Carrie Clark story is the first in a series that will run throughout the month, featuring a few of the many talented and dedicated nurses who continue to provide excellent patient care at City of Hope. As an oncology/bone marrow transplant-certified nurse who is also certified in advanced cardiac life support, Carrie provides in-depth care for patients who are hospitalized after a stem cell transplantation.

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American Cancer Society honors City of Hope nurse researcher with Quality of Life Award

January 30, 2016 | City of Hope

For more than 40 years, Marcia M. Grant, one of the most respected nurse researchers in the country, has devoted her life to others. Now, with a prestigious award, the American Cancer Society has said a heart-felt "thank you".

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Nurse-led hypnosis helps cancer patients find relief from pain, nausea

October 8, 2015 | Nancy Brands Ward

Hypnosis gets a bad rap. Portrayals in the media of hypnosis as a silly or devious tool used to embarrass unwitting subjects or even gain control of people and their resources have kept these misconceptions alive.

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Groundbreaking City of Hope study explodes myths about palliative care

October 7, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

When Beverly Fairbairn was invited to join a major City of Hope study on palliative care as part of her treatment for lung cancer, she was taken aback.

“Are you talking to me??” she remembers thinking. “But I feel fine right now. I'm not there yet.”

Like so many others, Fairbairn assumed palliative care was little more than crisis-level pain control for patients in their final days. Fairbairn's cancer was in remission. She was healthy. The mere suggestion that she be included in the study stirred up a little paranoia: “Do they know something I don't?” she wondered.

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