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.

Cancer Urban Legend: Barbeque, Teflon, Nitrates, Sugar and Artificial Sweetener Can Increase My Cancer Risk

February 22, 2017 | Dory Benford

Maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging when so many popular foods and beverages are believed to contain ingredients, additives and chemicals that can heighten cancer risk.

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Cancer Urban Legend: Vitamins and Supplements Can Lower My Cancer Risk

February 21, 2017 | Dory Benford

There are many misconceptions about using vitamins and supplements as a fast and easy way to get the nutrients your body requires, especially since everything from antioxidant rich teas to anti-inflammatory omega fatty acids are now widely available in pill form. But when it comes to cancer prevention, there are no quick fixes. Here is what you need to know before relying on vitamins and supplements for their cancer-fighting properties.

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Cancer Urban Legend: Extreme Diets Can Lower My Cancer Risk

February 20, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

People have a lot of ideas these days about what might help prevent cancer: alkaline water, going vegan, a ketogenic diet – even fasting. But none of these dieting trends are likely to have much of an effect on cancer risk, according to City of Hope dieticians.

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How Couples Can Conquer Cancer Together

February 14, 2017 | Dory Benford

The physical, mental and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis can shake the foundation of even the most solid relationship, but by communicating openly, working together as a team and developing a new normal, the experience can actually bring couples closer than ever before.

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Showing Love to Cancer Patients on Valentine's Day

February 10, 2017 | Dory Benford

While Valentine's Day is synonymous with heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, red roses and greeting cards, at its best, the holiday is an opportunity to express love for the people in your life who matter most. There is perhaps no group more deserving of that love than cancer patients. We asked the members of our Facebook community to share with us how their loved ones provided support, encouragement and assistance during their cancer journeys.

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Peter P. Lee, M.D.: Chasing Cancer from All Angles

February 8, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

In Peter Lee's latest project, he directs a diverse, far-flung team that's examining breast tumors' so-called “microenvironment,” or the non-cancerous cells that surround and support the tumor, and how they affect the immune system.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sergeant, father of four, seeks bone marrow donor

February 7, 2017 | Letisia Marquez

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jorge Chavez is in search of a bone marrow donor for a transplant. He is battling acute myeloid leukemia.

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World Cancer Day: New treatments and cures start with collaborations

February 3, 2017 | Denise Heady

Defeating cancer cannot be done alone. It requires a team approach. Here are just a few examples of how City of Hope scientists and physicians are working together to create leading-edge approaches to end cancer.

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New City of Hope partnership to expand access to cancer care in the Inland Empire

February 1, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope and San Antonio Regional Hospital are joining forces to expand access to leading-edge cancer care, research and services in the Inland Empire.

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Cancer and Diabetes: More Connections Than You Think

January 18, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Many people struggle with both diabetes and cancer at the same time — none of this is random or coincidental. Rather, it's clear that, from biology to risk factors to treatment options, cancer and diabetes are intimately related in many ways.

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