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.

Pioneering Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplants

December 29, 2017 | Travis Marshall

When pediatric patients are referred to City of Hope for bone marrow transplants, it’s often because they present with a case that other facilities would not treat.

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Delfa Grecia

May 8, 2017 | City of Hope

When Delfa Grecia, B.S.N., R.N., started working with pediatric patients in the outpatient clinic at City of Hope, “I would cry when they cried,” she recalled. “It is so hard not to be affected by their feelings. They are so little, and you just want to help.”

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Nurses Week 2017: Meet Marc Ceres

May 8, 2017 | City of Hope

Marc Ceres, B.S.N., R.N., was about to start college as a business major at San Diego State University when he had what he calls “a life-defining moment.”

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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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10 tips for spreading holiday cheer to kids and teens in the hospital

December 11, 2015 | Denise Heady

Looking for a fun and meaningful way to help someone during the holidays? Collecting gifts for children and young adults who are spending the season in a hospital can make a big difference.

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Triple Crown Winner Victor Espinoza visits City of Hope

June 30, 2015 | Teri Silvi

Joseph Rosenthal, M.D., Karah Casas and Rhys Hunn welcome Victor Espinoza to City of Hope. Triple Crown winning jockey Victor Espinoza visited City of Hope last week to connect with the patients he’s supported throughout his career.

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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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Inspiring Stories: To family of son with leukemia, every day is a gift

December 2, 2014 | City of Hope

On Jan. 1, 2015, six City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome the new year with their loved ones atop City of Hope's Tournament of Roses Parade float. The theme of the float is "Made Possible by HOPE.

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