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.
July 28, 2017 | City of Hope
Do you know how palliative medicine helps patients? The misconception is that palliative care is designed to provide comfort and pain control to people at the end of their lives. It's actually much more than that.
October 3, 2016 | City of Hope
As cancer survival rates in the United States increase due to improving detection and treatment protocols, a growing number of patients are faced with a new and difficult challenge - living with chronic pain. Interventional pain medicine, a new specialty that draws from several branches of medicine, can provide relief to patients suffering from long-term pain.
January 20, 2016 | Denise Heady
Millions of people experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. Although back pain is fairly common and usually muscle-related, certain back pain symptoms can signify a more serious medical problem. It’s a special concern for cancer patients.
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.
September 4, 2014 | Nicole White
There’s more to cancer care than simply helping patients survive. There's more to cancer treatment than simple survival. Cancer patients should report their pain to their caregivers, and enlist their doctors to help them manage it.
August 25, 2014 | Dominique Grignetti
Nausea is the one of the most well-known, and dreaded, side effects of cancer treatment — and with good reason. Beyond the quality-of-life issues that it causes, severe nausea can prevent patients from receiving enough nutrients and calories at a time when they need every edge they can get.
March 11, 2014 | Tami Dennis
Women undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer should try yoga. That’s the take-home message of a new study linking yoga to a greater sense of well-being and better regulation of stress hormones among female breast cancer patients.
October 31, 2013 | Nicole White
Typical care for lung cancer focuses on the tumor. Patients must confront pain, fatigue, depression and other symptoms, which tend to intensify with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation and as their disease progresses.
September 28, 2013 | Kim Proescholdt
Chronic or persistent pain affects more than 100 million Americans to the extent that they can't work, participate in physical activity or generally enjoy day-to-day activities. Chronic pain is often associated with depression, decreased productivity and can lead to an overall poor quality of life.
September 21, 2013 | Kim Proescholdt
Anesthesiologists serve as key members of any patient’s surgical team. They play a vital role in and out of the operating room, helping to make decisions to protect and regulate a patient’s critical life functions (consciousness, breathing, heart rate, respiration and blood pressure) before, during and after surgical procedures.