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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2018 Rose Parade: Colon, thyroid cancer survivor: Embracing the ‘new me’

November 28, 2017 | Denise Heady

Ten patients will welcome 2018 atop City of Hope’s Rose Parade float. The float, themed "Transforming Lives with Hope," adds a deeper dimension to the parade’s theme of “Making a Difference.” Here, we meet float rider Rosemary Estrada, a mother of a teenage daughter and colon and thyroid cancer survivor.

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Genetic Testing and Research: A Key Focus for Tackling the Most Aggressive Types of Thyroid Cancer

November 15, 2016 | Travis Marshall

For most people diagnosed with thyroid cancer, treatment is a relatively straightforward combination of surgery and radioactive iodine treatment. But that is not always the case. Behrouz Salehian, M.D., discusses the different ways to treat this disease.

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Secondary thyroid cancers are more deadly, study finds (w/VIDEO)

March 14, 2014 | Hiu Chung So

Although thyroid tumors are rarely life-threatening, scientists have found that patients with secondary thyroid cancer (in other words, thyroid cancer that develops after the person has survived another cancer) are more likely to die of the disease compared to those whose thyroid cancer was as their primary — or first — cancer.

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Is an epidemic of thyroid cancer really an epidemic of diagnosis?

February 25, 2014 | Roberta Nichols

An epidemic of thyroid cancer in the U.S. is actually an epidemic of diagnosis, conclude the authors of a new report. Their analysis pointed out that, although  thyroid cancer diagnoses have nearly tripled during the past 30 years, mortality rates have remained the same.

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Meet our doctors: Julie Wolfson on cancer in teens, young adults

November 15, 2013 | Kim Proescholdt

Adolescents and young adults ( AYAs ) with cancer have different needs and treatment challenges than children or older adults. They're a unique population because they don’t fit into a distinct group, often falling into a gap between cancer treatment programs designed for children and those designed for adults.

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Thyroid cancer: Growing incidence, but highly treatable

September 12, 2013 | Hiu Chung So

Thanks to highly effective treatments, thyroid cancer is among the most treatable of cancers. But Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month — which is this month — brings attention to its challenges, including its growing occurrence and lack of routine screening.

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9/11 site and cancer risk: Long-term studies needed, expert says

December 18, 2012 | Shawn Le

The shadows of the former World Trade Center buildings have lingered over the American mindscape since the towers fell in 2001. New fears may be raised by a new study released online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association reporting an increase in cancer incidence among rescue and recovery workers who worked in the aftermath of the incident.

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Rise in thyroid cancer a concern for everyone

January 19, 2012 | City of Hope Staff

The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that the overall death rate from cancer is declining , but some cancers are seeing an upswing in diagnoses. That’s the case for thyroid cancer . The ACS reports that thyroid cancer has “significantly increased among men and women of every racial/ethnic background” except for Native-American men.

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