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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Meet Our Doctors: Breast Cancer Surgeon Lesley Taylor, M.D.

May 25, 2017 | Travis Marshall

The rapidly evolving breast cancer field excited Lesley Taylor, M.D., promising a career on the leading edge of science with rapidly improving outcomes for the women she treated. But at the same time, she realized that those advances weren’t available to large numbers of women in other parts of the world.

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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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Meet Our Doctors: Veronica Jones Is Pushing the Limits of Breast Cancer Treatment

May 4, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Veronica Jones, M.D., decided to become a breast cancer surgeon in order to impact women’s health and help those women at an extremely vulnerable time.

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Yanghee Woo: 'Healing hands and an unconditional heart'

April 18, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Long before she thought about becoming a surgeon, Yanghee Woo, M.D., knew she wanted to impact the world — but not as a doctor. An odd thing to hear from Woo, who is a City of Hope surgeon, scientist and one of this country's foremost authorities on minimally invasive and robotic surgery for treatment of gastric (stomach) cancer.

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Bladder cancer patient grateful for ‘new normal’ after surgery

March 31, 2017 | Veronique de Turenne

Mary Soto was looking forward to her trip to Maui, where she would celebrate her 60th birthday with her daughter. But a visit with a urologist revealed that Soto had a sizable tumor in her bladder. A biopsy performed a few weeks later confirmed her fears – she had bladder cancer. Read her inspiring story.

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A doctor’s quest to better treat children with brain tumors in underserved countries

January 12, 2017 | Denise Heady

City of Hope's Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D., is making a lasting and global impact by performing and teaching children's brain surgery in developing countries.

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Avid Cyclist Refuses to Let Lung Cancer Slow Him Down

November 28, 2016 | Jay A. Fernandez

Nate Deibler is a passionate cyclist, but in his early thirties, he started to notice some irritating physical symptoms. A persistent cough and wheezing gave way to a period of night sweats, sleeping poorly, getting sick and coughing up blood. Then Deibler got a surprise diagnosis: lung cancer.

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Early Lung Cancer Screenings Save Lives. City of Hope Study Looks at Why More Aren’t Performed.

November 22, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Caught at an early stage, lung cancer can be successfully treated and cured. But lung cancer often isn’t diagnosed until a patient develops symptoms. By then, the disease has advanced, making it difficult to treat. Lung cancer screenings, however, can detect the disease in its infancy. A new City of Hope study looks at why more aren't performed.

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From Egyptology to breast cancer surgery: How Laura Kruper, M.D. found her calling

October 25, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Laura Kruper, M.D., chief of City of Hope’s breast surgery service, thinks back to an emotional time in her childhood when she reflects on what motivated her to become a doctor.

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Fitness wristbands can "step-up" to monitor cancer patients' recovery time post-surgery

October 20, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Something as simple as wearing a physical activity wristband, not unlike a Fitbit, to count steps could also be an invaluable tool in monitoring the functional recovery time of surgery patients, and potentially detecting any post-surgery complications sooner rather than later.

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