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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Don Nelson: Biking for Hope

December 27, 2017 | Maxine Nunes

Don Nelson, a 68-year-old metastatic kidney cancer patient, bicycles 200 miles a month and says life is even better now than before the disease struck.

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A ‘Multifront’ Approach: Breakthroughs in Bladder Cancer

May 16, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Bladder cancer is a stubborn disease. Malignant cells in the bladder frequently grow back or pop up elsewhere, even if they're removed in their earliest stages. But the City of Hope surgeons and scientists working to eradicate bladder cancer are equally stubborn.

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World Cancer Day: New treatments and cures start with collaborations

February 3, 2017 | Denise Heady

Defeating cancer cannot be done alone. It requires a team approach. Here are just a few examples of how City of Hope scientists and physicians are working together to create leading-edge approaches to end cancer.

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Can a vasectomy increase your risk of prostate cancer?

September 29, 2016 | Denise Heady

There are many risk factors that can increase the risk of prostate cancer - largely smoking and obesity - but a new study suggests a vasectomy isn’t one of them.

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ASCO 2016: Where Cancer Breakthroughs Happen

June 3, 2016 | Sumanta Kumar Pal, M.D.

Sumanta Kumar Pal, M.D., offers insights into ASCO 2016. Here, he has distilled some of the main themes at this year's conference such as the Cancer Moonshot Program, and personalized and precision medicine.

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Bladder cancer 2016: 'Coordinated care pathways' and immunotherapy

January 1, 2016 | Veronique de Turenne

Shorter hospital stays and reduced readmission rates – those are the goals for bladder cancer patients at City of Hope in 2016. Uniquely coordinated care will make that possible.

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Metastatic kidney cancer patient Bill Geske: what I learned

November 9, 2015 | Denise Heady

As a business owner and father of two, 50-year-old Bill Geske was satisfied with his personal and professional life. His general engineering business was thriving with the help of his son and wife, and he had just sent his daughter off to college.

But then, during a trip with Diane, his wife of 32 years, to visit their daughter, Bill began having stomach pains and noticed blood in his urine.

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Cancer Molecules and Cells - breakthroughs

August 25, 2015 | Veronique de Turenne

Welcome to the brave new world of precision medicine, in which the diseases themselves can point to a treatment and even a cure. What was once dismissed as futuristic has now become reality for some cancer patients, and with leading-edge research and groundbreaking partnerships, City of Hope stands in the precision medicine vanguard.

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The star of annual ASCO meeting? The human immune system

June 6, 2015 | Nicole Levine

Of the hundreds of important developments in cancer research and care showcased at one of the world’s largest medical meetings, featuring scores of studies about drugs, chemotherapy and radiation, the most exciting tool showcased for fighting cancer was the human immune system.

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Cancer Insights: Lung cancer clinical trials are on the right track

March 30, 2015 | Sumanta Kumar Pal M.D.

Karen Reckamp , M.D., M.S., has an office next to my own, and we often see patients at the same time. As such, I’ve gotten to know her quite well over the years, and I’ve also gotten a glimpse of many of her patients.

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