January 29, 2019 | Michael Easterling
In January 1979, the National Academy of Sciences published a paper about an innovative discovery at City of Hope that would forever change how diabetes is treated. Arthur Riggs, Ph.D., and Keiichi Itakura, Ph.D., revolutionized diabetes treatment when they made a novel gene, one that coded for human insulin.
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.
The science of second opinions: Advice from a surgeon
February 13, 2019 | City of Hope
Diagnostic errors are far from uncommon. In fact, one recent study found that they affect about 12 million people, or 1 in 20 patients, in the U.S. each year. Clayton Lau, M.D., explains the difference that second opinions can make in getting proper cancer diagnosis and care.
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.
What home DNA kits can (and can't) tell you about cancer risk
February 6, 2019 | Abe Rosenberg
If you've thought about trying one of those home DNA kits, think before you spit. Even the most elaborate home test only scratches the surface.
New in '19: 5 things to know about cervical cancer
January 26, 2019 | Dory Benford
Over the past 40 years, the mortality rate for cervical cancer patients has decreased by over 50 percent, but there is also some concerning news, as cervical cancer screening rates have fallen in recent years. Here are five things every woman (and man) should know about cervical cancer.
As leading-edge treatments take center stage, blood donors become increasingly critical
January 25, 2019 | Maxine Nunes
City of Hope’s work would be impossible without blood and platelet donors. In recent years, leading-edge cancer research has given City of Hope some remarkable advances in cancer treatment. But these same breakthroughs have also placed a greater demand on blood supply.
Study: Death rate from cancer drops 27 percent over last 25 years
January 14, 2019 | Samantha Bonar
The overall cancer death rate has dropped by 27 percent over the last 25 years, according to data released last week by the American Cancer Society. City of Hope's James Lacey, Ph.D., M.P.H., breaks down the results.