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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Researchers hunt cancer's origins within the tumor microenvironment

May 21, 2015 | Tami Dennis

Cancer may not be the disease many people think it is. Cancer may not be a disease of proliferation so much as a product of its own microenvironment, leading researchers say. Normally, cancer is considered to be a disease in which cells multiply at an extremely high, and unusual, rate – increasing the likelihood of genetic mutations.

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Lung cancer: 7 breakthroughs in research, treatment, diagnosis

October 30, 2013 | C. Kitchens

Lung cancer is not unbeatable. Each day, doctors and researchers in City of Hope’s Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program aggressively pursue innovative approaches to bring new treatments and cures to patients with all forms of this devastating disease.

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Leukemia: Combo treatment can kill disease stem cells, study says

August 28, 2013 | Nicole White

Just as stem cells generate bone marrow and blood cells, while maintaining their constant production, leukemia has its own stem cells. These cancer-generating cells are tough to kill – and tend to be resistant to treatment.

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'Microenvironement' of lung cancer offers clues to survival

May 25, 2013 | Nicole White

In an effort to predict, treat and cure disease, scientists are exploring the smaller ecosystems that exist within the body. The tumor microenvironment – the site and surroundings where tumor cells grow – can hold important clues to help predict which cancer patients are at highest risk of their cancer spreading.

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