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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City of Hope Will Offer First FDA-approved CAR-T Cell Therapy for Patients with Some Types of Lymphoma

October 18, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope will be the one of the first authorized centers in the nation to provide axicabtagene ciloleucel, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today is the first approved CAR-T therapy for adult patients who have not responded to or who have relapsed after at least two other kinds of treatment.

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It Began in a Barber Shop: The Remarkable Career of Arti Hurria, M.D.

October 10, 2017 | Michael Easterling

Arti Hurria, M.D., was recently named The George Tsai Family Chair in Geriatric Oncology. The occasion was Hurria’s chance to tell her personal story and to share her vision for the future of geriatric oncology.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer

September 29, 2017 | Dory Benford

In the case of cervical cancer, there is good news. Over the past 40 years, the mortality rate for cervical cancer patients has decreased by over 50 percent, thanks to the increased prevalence of the Pap test. The even better news is that in many cases, cervical cancer can be avoided altogether.

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Don Diamond, Ph.D., Chair, Dept. of Experimental Therapeutics
City of Hope's novel treatment for triple-negative breast cancer featured in OncoImmunology journal

September 25, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope doctors and scientists have published a study in OncoImmunology about a triple-negative breast cancer patient whose disease regressed rapidly when she took part in an experimental treatment that combines a p53 cancer vaccine, which was developed at City of Hope, and a drug that blocks a specific cancer-aiding protein.

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Breast Cancer Is No Match for This Marathon Runner

September 18, 2017 | Dory Benford

When Jackie Solano was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, she didn't let that stop her from running the Star Wars Half Marathon with her sister Karla at Disneyland, even though she was in the middle of chemotherapy.

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City of Hope Neurosurgeon, Behnam Badie, M.D.
Patient and Pioneer Richard Grady: His Contributions to Advance Our Research in Treating Brain Tumors Is His Lasting Legacy

August 2, 2017 | Behnam Badie, M.D., F.A.C.S.

My life is devoted to finding a cure for brain cancer. Patients come to us seeking miracles, but often what they give us back is invaluable knowledge. Throughout history, patients have helped revolutionize science and medicine. Many patients, like my dad, do not survive. But they leave behind a legacy of knowledge and hope for other patients today, and for future generations. Richard Grady was that kind of patient.

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MEET OUR DOCTORS: Behnam Badie on why ‘being a neurosurgeon is not enough’

July 17, 2017 | Denise Heady

Driven in part by the plight of his patients and his father, chief of neurosurgery Behnam Badie, M.D., spends nearly as much time in the laboratory as he does in the operating room. He wants to help not just today's patients, but tomorrow's. 

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Joe Gold, Manufacturing Director, Center for Biomedicine and Genetics, City of Hope
Joe Gold: Stem Cell Champion

July 13, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Joseph Gold, Ph.D., is chief overseer of a sprawling, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility cranking out mass quantities of carefully engineered stem cells aimed at curing the most dangerous and debilitating diseases of our time.

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How Henrietta Lacks Helped Make Me the Scientist I Am Today

July 11, 2017 | Linda Malkas, Ph.D.

Henrietta Lacks certainly influenced my research, and continues to do so. Her impact is great here at City of Hope, as it is around the world. I’m just one scientist whose work has been made possible by Henrietta. There are many of us who owe her a profound debt of gratitude. Internationally, the number of people who have benefited from what she left behind is impossible to calculate.

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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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