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.
August 8, 2017 | City of Hope
Radiation is an important part of the cancer treatment toolkit, and it can be effective in treating lung cancer. Helen Chen, M.D., a radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at City of Hope, recently discussed the pros, cons and latest developments in radiotherapy for lung cancer.
September 6, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta
Radiation oncology is one of the three main specialties involved in the successful treatment of cancer, along with surgical oncology and medical oncology. Experts in this field, known as radiation oncologists, advise patients as to whether radiation therapy will be useful for their cancer – and how it can best be safely and effectively delivered.
August 13, 2014 | Darrin Joy
Radiation therapy can help cure many children facing Hodgkin lymphoma and other cancers. When the radiation is delivered to a girl’s chest, however, it can lead to a marked increase in breast cancer risk later in life.
May 30, 2014 | Denise Heady
Patients diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive head and neck cancers could be treated with a lower-dose of intensity-modulated radiation therapy, reducing the risks of side effects, according to a new study.
April 30, 2014 | Nicole White
For some breast cancer patients whose cancer has also spread to their axillary lymph nodes, radiation might be a better option than surgically removing the nodes, a new study suggests. A new study finds radiation poses a lower risk of lymphedema for women treated for breast cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes than removing the nodes.
March 12, 2014 | Tami Dennis
Treatment for breast cancer has improved over the years, dramatically so. But many women, and even their physicians, don't fully understand how their treatment can affect their later risk of cancer, specifically of lung cancer.
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.
December 12, 2013 | Nicole White
As treatment options expand, and researchers learn more about individual tumors, a critical component of cancer treatment becomes determining the most effective tool to treat an individual patient. A new study finds that surgery and radiation therapy may not have additional benefits for metastatic breast cancer patients who are responding well to chemotherapy.
June 13, 2013 | Hiu Chung So
For breast cancer patients whose disease has spread to local lymph nodes, treatment may entail surgical removal of those nodes to decrease the likelihood of recurrence. But that procedure also comes with the risk of lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arm caused by retained fluids.
February 11, 2013 | Hiu Chung So
Radiation therapy, along with chemotherapy and surgery, is a primary form of cancer treatment. And just as surgical techniques have gotten better and cancer drugs have gotten “smarter,” radiation therapy has undergone dramatic improvements over the years as well.