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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5 facts all men need to know about cancer risks and prevention

June 17, 2016 | City of Hope

Maintaining good health and self care is a yearlong mission, and there is no better time than National Men’s Health Week and Month to highlight important information about how cancer affects the lives of men, 40 percent of whom will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives. More can be done to keep men informed about signs, risks and prevention, starting with these five key points.

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HPV vaccination: 4 facts you should know

January 27, 2016 | H. Chung So

Health experts agree that getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the easiest and most effective way to prevent cervical cancers. However, vaccination rates in the United States remain low, with only 40 percent of girls and 21 percent of boys having completed the three-dose cycle in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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CMV vaccine reduces complications after stem cell transplants

December 23, 2015 | Jyoti Madhusoodanan

Between 50 and 80 percent of adults in the United States harbor a virus named CMV, or cytomegalovirus. CMV lies latent and harmless in most people. But in pregnant women or immunocompromised patients, the virus can flare up to cause infections and a form of hepatitis.

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CMVPepVax vaccine reduces complications post stem cell transplants

December 23, 2015 | Jyoti Madhusoodanan

City of Hope researchers report that the vaccine CMVPepVax is safe and elicits a protective immune response when administered to stem cell transplant recipients.

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HPV and cancer: 2 physicians explain links (W/VIDEO)

February 27, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

Once unknown to most people, HPV, or human papillomavirus, has become a subject of both worry and debate. It's directly linked to cervical cancer, head and neck and other cancers, but many parents are reluctant to vaccinate their daughters against the disease.

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'Ask the Experts: HPV and Links to Cancer': What you need to know

February 10, 2014 | Valerie Zapanta

What is HPV? How is it linked to cancer? How can I prevent it? Those are some of the questions many women have about human papillomavirus, or HPV. City of Hope physicians will provide the answers at our Feb.

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Cancer treatment in 2014: Making the most of research

December 28, 2013 | Tami Dennis

Cancer will be defeated not in one enormous advance, experts agree, but in incremental advances. Those incremental advances often go unnoticed by the public at the time of their discovery, but in the years to come, they add up – to more life years, to greater survival rates, to more time spent with families and loved ones.

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Americans aware of HPV vaccine, but not its effectiveness

December 11, 2013 | Denise Heady

Many people have heard of the vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), but they often don't know how well it works to lower the risk of cervical cancer, a new study has found. In fact, few people actually talk to their doctors about the vaccine.

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HPV vaccines may be less beneficial for African-American women

November 3, 2013 | Denise Heady

HPV vaccines are a proven way to reduce the risk of contracting strains of human papillomavirus that can lead to cervical cancer, doctors have long said. Now a new study suggests the vaccines may be not be as effective for African-American women as they are for white women.

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Vaccine therapy and cancer: Two top advances in 2012

December 29, 2012 | Tami Dennis

Today’s vaccines are more nuanced than in years past – no longer seen simply as a way to stop infectious disease. Rather, the treatments in the pipeline today can enhance the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, as well as infections that threaten people already diagnosed with cancer.

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