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.

Yanghee Woo: 'Healing hands and an unconditional heart'

April 18, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Long before she thought about becoming a surgeon, Yanghee Woo, M.D., knew she wanted to impact the world — but not as a doctor. An odd thing to hear from Woo, who is a City of Hope surgeon, scientist and one of this country's foremost authorities on minimally invasive and robotic surgery for treatment of gastric (stomach) cancer.

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Changing Communities: 5 Ways to Combat Chronic Stress

April 14, 2017 | Dory Benford

We all experience stress, but its effects are perhaps most deeply felt in minority and underserved communities. We spoke to City of Hope psychologist Noe Chavez about why members of these communities are so stressed out and how that stress is affecting their overall health.

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Can Stress Lead to Cancer? 5 Questions for Psychologist Noe Chavez

April 13, 2017 | Dory Benford

We all experience stress, but its effects are perhaps most deeply felt in minority and underserved communities. We spoke to City of Hope psychologist Noe Chavez about why members of these communities are so stressed out and how that stress is affecting their overall health.

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Lowering Cancer Risk by Improving the Environment

April 12, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

Environment has a direct association with overall health and cancer risk. Without access to affordable, nutritious foods, communities become obese. And obesity is incontrovertibly linked to an increased risk of cancer. Poorer communities are disproportionately affected.

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‘Poverty is a Carcinogen’: The Link Between Environment and Cancer

April 11, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

The environment is full of all sorts of unpleasant things that can make you sick – bacteria, viruses, chemicals and even radiation. But exposure is higher for poor communities. And environment – be it social or physical – plays a critical role in the health of an individual and community.

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6 Questions Foreign Language Speakers Should Ask Their Providers (and Themselves)

April 10, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope is dedicating every day in April, National Minority Health Month, to beginning to examine important issues of disparity in health care. This installment is about tips for overcoming cultural rifts and language barriers in interactions between the health care system and different Asian-American groups.

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Language, cultural norms clash with optimal care for some Asian-Americans

April 7, 2017 | Stephanie Smith

City of Hope is dedicating every day in April, National Minority Health Month, to beginning to examine important issues of disparity in health care. This installment is about the stresses, cultural rifts and language barriers in interactions between the health care system and different Asian-American groups.

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Working to Build Trust in Minority Communities

April 6, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

Minority populations lack trust in the health care system for many reasons, among them a history of discrimination and the failure of health care institutions to provide culturally sensitive care. But City of Hope researchers are slowly but surely turning the tide.

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A Serious Lack of Trust: The Unhealthy Relationship Between Minorities and Health Care

April 5, 2017 | Josh Jenisch

There are numerous barriers to addressing health care disparities. There are financial obstacles and issues of access. But looming over everything is a more intractable foe: a persistent, pervasive lack of trust in the health care system.

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