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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Family in Need Given Vehicle to Make the 200-mile Trip to City of Hope

September 20, 2017 | Michael Easterling

Thanks to a resourceful social worker, a determined physician and a compassionate community, the Jiminez family recently was gifted a new car with which to make the 200-mile trip to City of Hope for treatment.

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The Gold Standard: City of Hope’s Pediatric Musculoskeletal Tumor Program

August 3, 2017 | Travis Marshall

Pediatric musculoskeletal tumors and sarcomas are so rare and diverse that it’s almost impossible for a single physician to effectively treat them. But City of Hope is uniquely equipped to provide rapid and comprehensive treatment for these highly aggressive cancers.

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New Treatment Options for Sarcoma

July 20, 2017 | City of Hope

Sarcomas are relatively uncommon cancers, and most people don’t know much about them. Now, during Sarcoma Awareness Month, Brooke Crawford, M.D., an assistant clinical professor specializing in orthopedic surgery in the Department of Surgery offers some answers.

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2017 Rose Parade: 8 questions for pediatric cancer survivor Jackie Garcia

December 7, 2016 | Denise Heady

For the 45th year in a row, City of Hope will participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade. This year, seven patients will welcome 2017 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. Here's Jackie Garcia's story.

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After surgery, a renewed childhood for fourth-grader with cancer in jaw

May 6, 2015 | Robin Heffler

On a spring day in 2013, 10-year-old Jackie Garcia of Whittier, California, noticed a lump in her jaw. Her mother suspected it was a minor problem, perhaps due to a fall, but made an appointment with a pediatrician, just to be on the safe side.

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#LastChemo: 'Attitude is everything,' says 21-year-old cancer survivor

February 15, 2015 | Nicole White

Rhabdomyosarcoma survivor Trevor Hoffman, 21, celebrates his #LastChemo with a solid plan for 2015. Trevor Hoffman was only 21 when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but not even cancer could keep him off his motorcycles.

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Pediatric cancer researchers explore new ways to help kids

January 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Stewart

Every child fighting cancer is unique — and deserves treatment that recognizes differences in age, developmental stage, background and the cancer he or she is battling. City of Hope conducts groundbreaking research and practices compassionate care that addresses the needs of each child, tailoring treatment to overcome disease.

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'My cancer diagnosis: What I wish I'd known' – James Neustice

April 23, 2013 | Wayne Lewis

One in a series of stories asking former patients to reflect upon their experience ... James Neustice fought bone cancer with everything he had and came out the other side a survivor. (Credit: James Neustice) For James Neustice, what began as severe back pain at the age of 23 quickly spun into a whirlwind of blood tests and doctors' visits — and ultimately led to a life-threatening diagnosis: a kind of bone cancer known as chondroblastic osteogenic sarcoma.

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Odds for pediatric cancer patients have improved, but not enough

March 23, 2013 | Rachel Hall

Thirty years ago, children with cancer had only a 30 percent chance of surviving. Now, not only are more patients with pediatric cancers surviving, they're also living longer and healthier lives than in generations past.

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Cancer survivors need the right expert help to detect second cancers early

December 8, 2011 | City of Hope Staff

Arti Hurria (Photo by Markie Ramirez) Think that surviving cancer puts you in the clear for getting diagnosed with other forms of the disease? Think again. Cancer risk is significantly higher among cancer survivors.

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