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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Young Adults and Cancer: The Psychological Impact

September 26, 2017 | Jay A. Fernandez

For young adult survivors of pediatric cancer, the aftermath can require a new approach to school and learning, family and social relationships, and the contours of independence.

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7 Ways to Deal with the Dental Side Effects of Cancer Therapy

August 7, 2017 | City of Hope

Cancer treatment often causes discomfort, but many patients don’t realize that it can also cause frustrating oral side effects. These 7 strategies will help you keep smiling.

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Nutrition Tips for Cancer Patients

May 11, 2017 | Dory Benford

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation do a great job of killing cancer cells, but what happens when they also kill your appetite? Here are City of Hope dietitian Elaine Siu’s nutrition tips for the most common treatment side effects that patients experience.

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Detecting – and Preventing – Heart Disease in Cancer Patients

December 14, 2016 | City of Hope

As new treatments and therapies for cancer emerge, the survival rate for patients continues to improve. But treatment takes its toll on the body, and heart disease is one of the more common byproducts of chemotherapy or radiation. New guidelines from City of Hope's Dr. Saro Armenian aim to detect - and prevent - heart disease in cancer patients.

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New Clinical Guidelines Released for Detecting Heart Disease in Cancer Patients

December 14, 2016 | City of Hope

As new treatments and therapies for cancer emerge, the survival rate for patients continues to improve. But treatment takes its toll on the body, and heart disease is one of the more common byproducts of chemotherapy or radiation. New guidelines from City of Hope's Dr. Saro Armenian aim to detect - and prevent - heart disease in cancer patients.

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Struggling with chemo brain? 7 tips that will help

February 3, 2016 | Nancy Brands Ward

As an editor for more than 20 years, Erin Michaela Sweeney was adept at helping people find the right words to express themselves. But after five rounds of chemotherapy, she found herself using the imprecise word “thingy” in sentences to refer to objects whose name she couldn’t remember.

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Diet during cancer treatment: Tips to ease dry mouth

September 8, 2014 | Dominique Grignetti

Cancer treatment can take a toll on the mouth, even if a patient's cancer has nothing to do with the head or throat, leading to a dry mouth, or a very sore mouth, and making it difficult to swallow or eat.

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Diet during cancer treatment: 'metal mouth' and managing your taste buds

August 18, 2014 | Dominique Grignetti

Cancer treatment and the cancer itself can cause changes in your sense of taste or smell. These side effects typically subside after treatment ends, but there are ways to help alleviate those bitter and metallic tastes in your mouth.

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Diet during cancer treatment: Tips on managing appetite and weight loss

August 11, 2014 | Dominique Grignetti

Appetite loss may be common during cancer treatment, lasting throughout your therapy or only occasionally, but it can be managed. Keep snacks close at hand during cancer treatment in order to take advantage of  the moments when you feel like eating.

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Meet our doctors: M. Houman Fekrazad on a potential chemotherapy patch

June 21, 2014 | Kim Proescholdt

Chemotherapy is a major tool in the fight against cancer. This method of using drugs to destroy cancer cells has successfully treated many patients. Yet while chemotherapy has been proven to effectively attack cancer cells, it can cause serious side effects that can severely impact a patient’s quality of life.

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