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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So, You Had a Suspicious Mammogram. What’s Next?

October 4, 2017 | Robert Young

A diagnostic mammogram can be quite stressful, but knowing what to expect - and taking the right steps to prepare - can help expedite the process and provide some peace of mind. Learn more from Veronica Jones, M.D., breast cancer surgeon.

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Cary A. Presant
Sportscaster Stuart Scott’s young age is reminder: Check family history

January 18, 2015 | Cary Presant

ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott's cancer diagnosis is a reminder to check family history. (Photo by Alan Rose) One of American’s great sportscasters, Stuart Scott, passed away from recurrent cancer of the appendix at the young age of 49.

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clinical trial for triple-negative breast cancer
Clinical trial for triple-negative breast cancer shows promise

January 15, 2015 | Nicole White

When Homa Sadat found a lump in her breast at age 27, her gynecologist told her what many doctors say to young women: You’re too young to have breast cancer. Triple-negative breast cancer is diagnosed at a higher rate in patients with BRCA-related breast cancer and in African-American women.

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My lung cancer diagnosis: What I wish I'd known - Dee Hunt

November 9, 2014 | Nicole White

Dee Hunt, a lung cancer survivor, has advocated for more lung cancer funding and a broader understanding of the disease. It's not just a smokers' disease, she says. (Photo courtesy of Dee Hunt) Dee Hunt never smoked.

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Lisa Birk
Triathlete and breast cancer patient Lisa Birk: Take control (VIDEO)

October 6, 2014 | Nicole White

In a single day, former professional triathlete Lisa Birk learned she couldn’t have children and that she had breast cancer. “Where do you go from there?” she asks. For Birk, who swims three miles, runs 10 miles and cycles every day, the answer  ultimately was a decision to take control of her cancer care.

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Choosing health insurance? A physician shares these 5 tips

September 15, 2014 | Nicole White

While health care reform has led to an increase in the number of people signing up for health insurance, many people remain uninsured or are not taking full advantage of the health benefits they now have.

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Tips for cancer patients: How to get a second opinion

July 29, 2014 | City of Hope

Take a look at these simple tips on getting a second opinion - and what you need to consider. Learn more about becoming a patient or  getting a second opinion at City of Hope  by  visiting us online  or by calling  800-826-HOPE (4673) .

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prostate cancer
Research, plus newest techniques, improves treatment of prostate cancer

July 28, 2014 | Nicole White

Counter-intuitive though it might seem, a prostate cancer diagnosis shouldn't always lead to immediate prostate cancer treatment. Men with prostate cancer face difficult and often complicated choices in how to proceed with their medical care.

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Clayton Lau
Second opinion: A cancer surgeon shares his perspective and advice

July 23, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

Diagnostic errors are far from uncommon. In fact, a recent study found that they affect about 12 million people, or 1 in 20 patients,  in the U.S. each year. Diagnosed with cancer? Get a second opinion at an expert research and treatment center like City of Hope.

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Christine Pechera, bone marrow transplant survivor
Cancer expertise matters. Just ask ex-lymphoma patient Christine Pechera

July 22, 2014 | Nicole White

Eleven years ago, lymphoma patient Christine Pechera began the long road toward a cancer-free life. Former lymphoma patient Christine Pechera unveils 2014 City of Hope Rose Parade Float Rendering at the Tournament of Roses - Wrigley Mansion.

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