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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Palliative Care: It’s Not What You Think – And It Might Be Just What You Need

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.

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Interventional Pain Medicine: New Hope for Chronic Pain

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.

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When to worry about back 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.

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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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7 tips for managing cancer pain: First, control it early

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.

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Diet during cancer treatment: Tips to combat nausea

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.

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Yoga eases fatigue for breast cancer patients undergoing radiation

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.

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Beyond the tumor: Here, lung cancer treatment is about the person

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.

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Meet our doctors: Christine Chang on pain during cancer treatment

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.

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Meet our doctors: Michael Lew on anesthesia in cancer care

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.

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