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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Robotic surgery is less invasive for gynecologic cancer

August 4, 2017 | City of Hope

More than 107,470 women in the United States are diagnosed with gynecologic cancers each year. However, thanks to developments in technology, many of these cancers can now be treated with robotic surgery.

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Yanghee Woo: 'Healing hands and an unconditional heart'

April 18, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Long before she thought about becoming a surgeon, Yanghee Woo, M.D., knew she wanted to impact the world — but not as a doctor. An odd thing to hear from Woo, who is a City of Hope surgeon, scientist and one of this country's foremost authorities on minimally invasive and robotic surgery for treatment of gastric (stomach) cancer.

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Prostate cancer survivor Barry Leshowitz: My advice to others

August 11, 2015 | Barry Leshowitz

Barry Leshowitz is a former City of Hope patient and a family advisor for the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center . Former City of Hope patient and prostate cancer survivor Barry Leshowitz shares his tips and advice for newly diagnosed patients.

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Moving patients from terminal to treatable – with robotic surgery

May 27, 2015 | Valerie Nelson

"There are many ways that we can get at cancer without making giant incisions, yet still give the patients good outcomes," said Yuman Fong, chair of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope. Minimally invasive surgery at City of Hope is performed using robots with “wrists” that provide greater dexterity and range of motion than a human hand.

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Head and neck cancers: Get the stats

May 7, 2015 | Robin Heffler

Treatment of cancers of the head and neck requires not just skill, but consummate skill. After all, consider their location: the lip, mouth, tongue, throat and nasal cavity – and that's just for starters.

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Head and neck cancer treatment: Where technology is about the patient

May 4, 2015 | Robin Heffler

Surgery for head and neck cancers is unarguably complex, requiring extremely controlled movements and exceptional training. Surgery for head and neck cancers is complex, requiring extreme skill, extensive knowledge and experience with the latest technology.

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Cancer Insights: The benefits of surgery for aggressive prostate cancer

February 19, 2015 | Bertram Yuh M.D.

Bertram Yuh, M.D. , assistant clinical professor in the Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology  at City of Hope, offers his perspective on the benefits of surgery for aggressive prostate cancer. For men walking out of the doctor’s office after a diagnosis of cancer, the reality can hit like a ton of bricks.

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Appendix rupture led to surprise diagnosis of kidney cancer (w/VIDEO)

March 20, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

“One day I had a pain in my side and ended up having my appendix rupture. During that time of the appendix rupturing, they discovered I had a large tumor covering most of my kidney,” said Joelle Hood, a learning center principal and a certified life coach.

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Ask the Experts: Physicians, patients talk lung cancer (w/VIDEO)

November 25, 2013 | Valerie Zapanta

“In 2010, there were 201,144 new lung cancer diagnoses … and 158,248 deaths,” said Jae Kim , M.D., assistant professor and chief of thoracic surgery. Kim, along with Karen Reckamp , M.D., M.S., associate professor and director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program, presented remarkable facts on lung cancer , including diagnosis, screenings, surgical advances and progress in personalized treatment at a recent Ask the Experts free community lecture.

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