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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Young Adults and Cancer: The Psychological Impact

September 26, 2017 | Jay A. Fernandez

For young adult survivors of pediatric cancer, the aftermath can require a new approach to school and learning, family and social relationships, and the contours of independence.

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Leo Wang awarded grant to help support CAR-T cell therapy research for pediatric brain tumors

September 15, 2017 | Denise Heady

To help further City of Hope’s research in CAR-T therapy, Leo Wang, M.D., Ph.D., a dual-trained pediatric oncologist and scientist, was awarded with a Hyundai Young Investigator Grant funded by the Hyundai Hope On Wheels program.

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Researchers discover sugar-addiction of cancer cells in childhood leukemia

July 10, 2017 | Katie Neith

According to a new article in Nature, a team led by City of Hope’s Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Systems Biology, thinks that sugar uptake and energy supply may play a key role in the relapse of ALL.

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Advances: 2017 brings new therapies, new hope to those battling pediatric cancer

December 23, 2016 | Dory Benford

Great strides have been made in pediatric cancer and childhood disease treatment over the past few decades, and recent advances in the areas of gene therapy, immunotherapy and targeted therapy will continue to move the field forward in 2017. We spoke to Joseph Rosenthal, M.D., M.H.C.M., professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at City of Hope, about the most significant developments he anticipates in pediatric research and treatment.

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Good Samaritan Makes the Holidays Happen for Patients and Their Families

December 21, 2016 | City of Hope

In 2004, Ryan Russek started Wish upon a Toy, a nonprofit charity that brings holiday gifts and toys to children and adults at City of Hope. That first year, Russek and his dad bought as many toys as they could afford and handed them out to the patients on the pediatric unit.

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Leukemia survivor Aaron, 8, will soon meet the donor who saved his life

May 26, 2016 | Denise Heady

Aaron Yniguez will be celebrating his ninth birthday, an ordinary celebration turned extraordinary because he is a pediatric leukemia survivor, who underwent a bone marrow transplant. Aaron and his family will now have the chance to meet and thank his bone marrow donor at City of Hope’s 26th Celebrity Softball Game on June 7, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Lessons learned from survivors of childhood cancer

March 22, 2016 | City Of Hope

Learn why City of Hope's Saro Armenian, D.O., M.P.H., thinks it's time to put more focus on the health issues patients face after they survive cancer.

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ourHope wants you to take it personal for annual fundraising campaign

May 1, 2015 | hguthrie

Seven years after beating cancer at City of Hope, survivor Tyler Varing learned about ourHope , City of Hope’s online personal fundraising tool. Wanting to give back, Varing saw ourHope as the perfect opportunity to fund raise for pediatric cancer research .

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Jaylon Fong’s cancer journey sparks a visit to the White House

April 13, 2015 | cpecikozic

When Jaylon Fong wrote President Barack Obama a letter thanking him for calling attention to childhood cancers during his 2012 victory speech , he didn't expect much. Jaylon just wanted to share a little bit of his personal experience with cancer while being treated at City of Hope and his appreciation for all the president has done, which allowed him to focus on getting well.

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Childhood cancer: Effects linger in adulthood; new study offers guidance

March 31, 2015 | Nicole White

Children diagnosed with cancer are more likely than ever before to survive the disease, but with a potential new set of health problems caused by the cancer treatment itself. Those problems can particularly affect the heart, and as doctors and other health care workers try to assess how best to care for this special population, City of Hope researchers are providing guidance.

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