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.

Monica Curiel, City of Hope patient, author
Young Lymphoma Survivor Pens Children’s Book

July 12, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Monica Curiel was 19 years old, a freshman in college, when diagnosed. Now a survivor, her book, Stella's Picture Day, for pediatric cancer patients, was published in May 2016.

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Amanda and Greg Cooper
Father, daughter bound by blood disorder

September 28, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

Greg Cooper and his 10 year-old daughter Amanda both were treated for the same rare blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome, at City of Hope. Both are thriving post-treatment in different ways.

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Ian Macleod
‘I’m completely surprised that I’m still here’ (w/VIDEO)

September 22, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope patient Ian MacLeod says a difficult leukemia diagnosis, and a bone marrow transplant, taught him how to be in the moment and to "not procrastinate joy."

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What I Learned: 4 lessons from leukemia survivor Alex Tung

March 14, 2016 | City of Hope

When Alex Tung, the only child of a Chinese immigrant single parent, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia at age 37, the hardest thing for him to do was tell his mom. A healthy, happy and active native of Southern California, Alex was determined to beat cancer, not just for himself but also for her.

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In “Detour,” leukemia patient chronicles her journey back to health

December 8, 2015 | City of Hope

“You’re not in remission.”

Jane Wirth felt as if a Mac truck had hit her broadside. Stunned, she sat in her oncologist’s office in Northern California as the reality sank in. Those four words were a blow to her soul, yet they marked a turning point in her cancer journey.

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What I learned: 8 questions for leukemia survivor Anya Shah

November 23, 2015 | Denise Heady

Five City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome 2016 atop City of Hope's Tournament of Roses Parade float on January 1. The float’s theme, "The Miracle of Science with Soul", adds a deeper dimension to the parade theme of "Find your Adventure."

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What I learned: 5 lessons from leukemia survivor Nicole Schulz

November 19, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

When she was 14, there was no stopping Nicole Schulz. She led the quintessential Southern California life: cheerleader, surfer, and skateboarder. Then, during cheerleading practice one day, Nicole fainted. A profound fatigue then set in and didn’t go away.

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5 tips for new patients from esophageal cancer survivor Jim Murphy

November 6, 2015 | Valerie Howard

When 52-year-old Jim Murphy, an avid mountain biker, was informed he had esophageal cancer, he made a powerful decision. He decided to continue living as actively as possible, and do the things that fueled his spirit and soul.

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5 tips for coping with cancer, from leukemia survivor Gus Perez

October 29, 2015 | Valerie Howard

Firefighter Gus Perez was 41 and about to be transferred to the Hazardous Materials Unit in San Pedro, California, when a routine physical proved to be anything but. His blood work showed that he had chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).

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Leukemia survivor Stephen Bess
Leukemia survivor Stephen Bess on life, change and 'my new normal'

June 1, 2015 | Stephen Bess

Leukemia survivor Stephen Bess, pictured here with his wife, Erin, will meet his bone marrow donor for the first time at City of Hope's Celebrity Softball game. Nashville, Tennessee, native Stephen Bess, who received a hematopoietic stem cell transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia more than two years ago at City of Hope, will meet his genetically matched donor on June 13 in a rare and special ceremony at the 25th annual Celebrity Softball Game in Nashville.

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