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.

Doctors honor the Legacy of Transplant Pioneer Thomas Starzl

March 7, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Doctors nationwide are mourning the loss of Thomas E. Starzl, the surgeon and researcher who pioneered the liver transplant and the medications that made the procedure successful in the long term. Starzl died on March 4 at his home in Pittsburg at age 90.

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City of Hope researchers test vaccine targeting a harmful virus in stem cell transplant patients

November 3, 2016 | By City of Hope

Patients undergoing a stem cell or solid organ transplant from a donor are at a particularly high risk of experiencing complications associated with CMV, which is why City of Hope researchers are working so diligently to develop a vaccine that combats the virus.

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Bestselling author shares her journey as a bone marrow donor in her memoir, "Marrow: A Love Story"

October 28, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Bestselling author Elizabeth Lesser discusses her most recent work, “Marrow: A Love Story.” Described as a "mesmerizing and courageous memoir," we follow the story of two sisters, Elizabeth and her younger sister Maggie. Elizabeth learns that she is a perfect match for the bone marrow transplant needed by her sister Maggie.

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After Surviving Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Ivan Garcia-Burgos is Paying it Forward

September 15, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Ivan Garcia-Burgos was a typical 21-year-old: hanging out with friends, working on his beloved sports car and playing team volleyball. Yet at a time in life that should be about hope for the future, Ivan had to confront the cold reality that he may not have one - he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

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An emotional reunion between bone marrow donor, recipient

May 11, 2016 | Stephanie Smith

The BMT reunion event, attended yearly by thousands of other donors and recipients is not just a celebration, but a day that marks the way lives become inextricably linked by bone marrow donation. Watch Dominick Folbrecht, a 15-year-old bone marrow transplant recipient, meet the donor who saved his life for the first time.

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Answering the call to save a life: One stem cell donor’s story

May 6, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Jon will meet the patient whose life he helped saved during City of Hope’s 40th Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion. Acclaimed television producer Steven Bochco, who created such hits as “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue,” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, is the grateful recipient of Jon’s stem cells.

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