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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Heated Chemotherapy Can Tackle Tough Peritoneal Cancers

October 3, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Cancers that affect or metastasize to the peritoneal cavity (the abdominal area that contains organs such as the stomach and liver) can be difficult to treat. Heated intraoperative peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) can help.

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Robotic surgery is less invasive for gynecologic cancer

August 4, 2017 | City of Hope

More than 107,470 women in the United States are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers each year. However, thanks to developments in technology, many of these cancers can now be treated with robotic surgery.

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Survivors' bell gives cancer patients extra ring of hope

February 15, 2017 | Denise Heady

A survivors' bell hanging in City of Hope’s main Duarte campus has been rung by more than 200 patients since it was donated by ovarian cancer survivor Becky Velazquez-McIntyre two summers ago. And now she is taking the survivor bell ritual to the rest of the 13 City of Hope community practice sites.

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Five key facts every woman needs to know about ovarian cancer

September 26, 2016 | Jay Fernandez

Incident rates for ovarian cancer continues to decrease, but it still remains one of the most deadly cancers for women. Here, Dr. Han helps illuminate five key facts about ovarian cancer and how women can be best informed.

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20th Annual Walk for Hope raises funds for cancer treatments to benefit women everywhere

July 19, 2016 | Denise Heady

For 20 years, thousands of cancer survivors, patients, families and friends have participated in City of Hope’s annual Walk for Hope to not only raise money and awareness for women’s cancers, but to support and honor all those who have fought - or even will fight - women's cancers. Register today.

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Breast cancer survivor urges young women to consider genetic testing

December 22, 2015 | Valerie Howard

Young women can feel as if they’re invincible, with no need to worry about something as remote as cancer – and certainly no need to worry about how their family members’ health might affect their own. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially for women of Hispanic and African American descent. Women of those ethnic backgrounds are more likely than other women to die from cancer.

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Ovarian cancer survivor leans on family, faith and City of Hope to defy odds

October 16, 2015 | Allisa Miller

Allisa Miller was 29 years old when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Then the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Miller was determined to fight the disease. She came to City of Hope soon after her diagnosis, receiving the institution’s unique blend of patient-focused care and leading-edge treatment.

Here, she shares a glimpse of her emotional journey – and the vital role City of Hope played in her recovery.

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Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course: Get answers to your questions

August 5, 2015 | Tami Dennis

Women with ovarian cancer have questions about the most promising treatment options, revolutionary research avenues, survivorship and, of course, the potential impact on their personal lives. Now, together in one place, are experts who can provide answers.

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In the news: Intraperitoneal chemotherapy for ovarian cancer

August 4, 2015 | Tami Dennis

Delivering chemotherapy directly to the abdomen in women with advanced ovarian cancer is part of an effective treatment regimen that’s too little used. That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Ovarian cancer treatment: New guidelines reflect better outcomes

March 12, 2015 | Nicole White

In 1975, the median survival for patients with ovarian cancer was about 12 months. Today, the median survival is more than 5 years. Cancer of the ovaries, is, in fact, a treatable illness.

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