July 29, 2019 | Letisia Marquez
City of Hope has been named the best cancer hospital in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospitals: Specialty Ranking. This marks the 13th consecutive year it has been distinguished as one of the nation’s elite cancer hospitals.
Cupcakes with her kids and a final journey home
September 18, 2019 | Michael Easterling
Diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, Jessica Appel knew that her time was running out. Still, her story has a bittersweet ending, thanks to the many City of Hope employees on her care team who did everything they could to allow her to pass away on her own terms.
Evidence vs. judgement: New study examines how doctors make decisions
September 11, 2019 | Maxine Nunes
A recent paper co-authored by City of Hope’s Benjamin Djulbegovic, M.D., Ph.D., looks at how doctors make medical decisions: generally using evidence-based or consensus-based clinical guidelines, a system the authors find flawed.
Clinical social workers help navigate complex cultural issues
May 23, 2019 | Bob Young
Because language and cultural differences can be serious obstacles for cancer patients and their families seeking medical and emotional support, using bilingual clinical social workers to coordinate care and offer counseling is key.
Clinical social workers and the science of caring
April 17, 2019 | Bob Young
Clinical social workers identify sources of distress and teach coping skills to manage the challenges that come with treatment. They also connect patients to community resources for mental health services, as well as financial and transportation assistance.
Child Life Specialists Help Kids on Cancer Journey
March 21, 2019 | Samantha Bonar
City of Hope’s Child Life team provides information and support during hospitalization and outpatient treatment for infants, children, teens and their families.
Caring for the caregivers: Palliative physicians support more than patients
February 21, 2019 | Malcolm Bedell
Palliative care physicians specialize in relieving suffering and improving quality of life for patients at any stage of cancer treatment. This whole-body, holistic care can extend beyond the patient to include resources and support for caregivers and loved ones.
With palliative physicians, treatment options never run out
February 18, 2019 | Malcolm Bedell
Many of the members of the cancer care team need to be focused on the disease itself. Palliative care physicians take more of a holistic approach, more patient-focused.
Palliative care vs. hospice care: What's the difference?
February 8, 2019 | Jenny Peters
For many patients, the words “palliative care" strike a chord of fear, as they closely associate that term with "hospice care" and end-of-life treatment. But they are not the same thing.
The science of spirituality: Fighting cancer from within
January 7, 2019 | Dory Benford
People being treated for cancer are used to being asked how they feel: Are you tired today? Nauseous? In pain? But Terry L. Irish, Rev., D. Min., B.C.C., puts a different spin on the question.