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: Behnam Badie on why ‘being a neurosurgeon is not enough’

November 2, 2017 | Denise Heady

Driven in part by the plight of his patients and his father, chief of neurosurgery Behnam Badie, M.D., spends nearly as much time in the laboratory as he does in the operating room. He wants to help not just today's patients, but tomorrow's. 

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Brain tumors and cancer: what you need to know

November 1, 2017 | Denise Heady

Say the words “brain tumor” and most people will likely think of cancer. But there’s reason for optimism - recent advances in screening and treatment, such as CAR T cell therapy, mean patient outcomes and quality of life are continuing to improve.

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Family in Need Given Vehicle to Make the 200-mile Trip to City of Hope

September 20, 2017 | Michael Easterling

Thanks to a resourceful social worker, a determined physician and a compassionate community, the Jiminez family recently was gifted a new car with which to make the 200-mile trip to City of Hope for treatment.

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The Gold Standard: City of Hope’s Pediatric Musculoskeletal Tumor Program

August 3, 2017 | Travis Marshall

Pediatric musculoskeletal tumors and sarcomas are so rare and diverse that it’s almost impossible for a single physician to effectively treat them. But City of Hope is uniquely equipped to provide rapid and comprehensive treatment for these highly aggressive cancers.

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Inside the Lab: Preventing breast cancer from invading the brain

July 24, 2017 | Denise Heady

A study led by City of Hope neurosurgeon and scientist Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D., offers novel insights on how cancer cells in HER2-positive breast cancer develop the ability to break through the blood-brain barrier and, ultimately, how they can be stopped.

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New Treatment Options for Sarcoma

July 20, 2017 | City of Hope

Sarcomas are relatively uncommon cancers, and most people don’t know much about them. Now, during Sarcoma Awareness Month, Brooke Crawford, M.D., an assistant clinical professor specializing in orthopedic surgery in the Department of Surgery offers some answers.

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City of Hope researchers find CAR T cell therapy effective in treatment of glioblastoma

July 17, 2017 | Denise Heady

City of Hope researchers have found that using CAR T therapy, a type of immunotherapy, can be effective in the treatment of glioblastoma — one of the most aggressive brain tumors known to medicine.

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CAR T cells: ‘Soldiers of the Immune System’

July 10, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

T cells were genetically modified in a lab by City of Hope researchers and trained to target specific receptors on patients’ brain tumors - part of an emerging approach to cancer care called immunotherapy.

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Cancer insights: Cancer patients are superhuman

June 5, 2017 | Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D.

In the past seven years at City of Hope, I’ve had the privilege of providing care for many patients with cancer. Quite simply, they are the real superhumans. Please allow me to offer four examples for your consideration, from my personal insight.

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