The Helix Blog

The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.

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Does alcohol really cause cancer?

December 14, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope comments on a study that has found “strong evidence” that alcohol causes seven types of cancer - oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast cancer - and “probably others” such as pancreas, prostate and skin cancer.

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David Mulama
New Postdoc Awarded Grant to Help Prevent Kaposi Sarcoma

November 10, 2017 | Katie Neith

A recent recruit to Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope has received a three-year grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation to support his work on a vaccine for Kaposi sarcoma.

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‘Prehab’ to Rehab: New Program Gets Older Patients and Their Caregivers Up and Active

November 9, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope researchers are piloting a new intervention for older patients and their family caregivers to provide “prehabilitation” — a mirror image of the regimen many patients take up after surgery.

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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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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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City of Hope collaborates with The Jackson Laboratory to help speed research discoveries into cures

July 11, 2017 | Denise Heady

A collaboration with The Jackson Laboratory expands access to leading-edge research capabilities to find new treatments for life-threatening diseases.

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City of Hope Aims to Cure Type 1 Diabetes in Six Years

July 11, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute is committed to developing a cure for type 1 diabetes within six years, fueled by a $50 million funding program led by the Wanek family.

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City of Hope Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Cognitive Outcomes in Young Cancer Patients

July 7, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Sunita Patel, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist in the Population Sciences and Supportive Care Medicine departments at City of Hope, has received a $1.22 million grant from the American Cancer Society to test a new approach toward preventing long-term chemotherapy-related cognitive side effects in childhood cancer survivors from bilingual and Spanish-speaking families.

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Markus Muschen
The Search for the Elephant Gene

July 5, 2017 | Michael Easterling

The African bull elephant is the largest mammal on the planet, comprised of trillions of cells that should ostensibly be a breeding ground for cancer. But because of an evolutionary anomaly, elephants don’t get cancer, a fact that fascinates Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D.

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