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.

City of Hope & TGen Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Imaging Study
'Marley Team' seeks to develop early pancreatic cancer screening tools

January 9, 2018 | Stephanie Smith

A multi-institutional partnership, funded in part by a multimillion-dollar grant from the Kemper and Ethyl Marley Foundation, is designed to develop a “mammogram” for pancreatic cancer.

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Striding toward a cure for pancreatic cancer

May 3, 2016 | City of Hope

City of Hope will be participating in PanCan’s annual PurpleStride event on May 7, a 5k walk/run at Exposition Park in Los Angeles. By participating, City of Hope and its team of runners, the City of Hope Striders, will help to raise much-needed awareness of this deadly disease.

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Purging pancreatic cancer with bacteria-based immunotherapy

July 1, 2015 | Jyoti Madhusoodanan

City of Hope researchers have identified a promising new strategy: a bacterial-based therapy that homes to tumors and provokes an incredibly effective tumor-killing response. The outlook and length of survival has not changed much in the past 25 years for patients suffering from an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer known as pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).

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Yuman Fong
Cancer 2015: Liver cancer expert offers view from the front lines

December 24, 2014 | Tami Dennis

Yuman Fong, M.D., is an internationally recognized expert in hepatobiliary cancer – that is liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder cancer and cancer of the bile ducts. He's also renowned for his use of genetically modified viruses to combat malignant disease, is a pioneer in the operating room and the laboratory, is the author of more than 600 peer-reviewed articles and 11 textbooks, and is the chair of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope.

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Meet our doctors: Yuman Fong on the future of cancer surgery

April 19, 2014 | Kim Proescholdt

Meet City of Hope’s new chair of the Department of Surgery  – esteemed pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgeon, researcher and author Yuman Fong, M.D.  As one of today’s most respected and recognizable physicians in the treatment of cancers of the liver, bile duct , gallbladder and pancreas , Fong has pioneered and enhanced many surgical therapies now widely used around the world to treat these difficult diseases.

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Cancer treatment in 2014: Making the most of research

December 28, 2013 | Tami Dennis

Cancer will be defeated not in one enormous advance, experts agree, but in incremental advances. Those incremental advances often go unnoticed by the public at the time of their discovery, but in the years to come, they add up – to more life years, to greater survival rates, to more time spent with families and loved ones.

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Pancreatic cancer: An exploration of leading surgical techniques

August 22, 2013 | Tami Dennis

Treatment of pancreatic cancer starts with surgery, when operable. And though the overall statistics are often grim, newer treatment algorithms continue to evolve with the ultimate aim of  beating this cancer.

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Could two targeted therapies be a better solution for pancreatic cancer?

July 24, 2012 | Wayne Lewis

Imagine a familiar scenario straight out of your favorite scary movie. A relentless villain sets his sights on a bunch of carefree teens. As the terror mounts, they throw one obstacle after another in his path.

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Pancreatic cancer: Put a cork in it

June 26, 2012 | Alicia Di Rado

One of the reasons pancreatic cancer is so tough to beat is that it can survive the damage caused by radiation and chemotherapy. But City of Hope researchers figured out a way to make pancreatic cancer cells more vulnerable to therapy .

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When radiologists treat cancer, the results are electric

May 8, 2012 | City of Hope Staff

City of Hope radiologists are using the NanoKnife , a medical tool that destroys tissue using electricity, to zap stubborn tumors that do not respond to chemotherapy or radiation and that lie in locations that are difficult to reach with traditional surgery.

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