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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Blood Brothers: Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient Meet Each Other for the First Time

April 28, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Each year at City of Hope's Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, a bone marrow recipient and donor have the chance to meet each other for the first time. This is their story.

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How to Save a Life: Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient Reflect on Shared Journey

April 28, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Each year at City of Hope's Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion, a bone marrow recipient and donor have the chance to meet each other for the first time. This is their story.

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7 Things You Need to Know About Bone Marrow Transplants

April 21, 2017 | City of Hope

Questions and answers about bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

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Novel Treatment May Stop Graft-Versus-Host Disease

April 18, 2017 | Katie Neith

An international team of researchers led by City of Hope’s Defu Zeng believe they may have found a way to prevent graft-versus host disease following stem cell transplants without sacrificing the transplants’ ability to fight leukemia and lymphoma.

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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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