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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From Patient to Patron: Lymphoma Survivor Pays It Forward

February 9, 2017 | Michael Easterling

Deana and Steve Campbell made a generous donation to City of Hope to establish The Deana and Steve Campbell Chief Clinical Officer’s Distinguished Chair in Honor of Alexandra Levine, M.D. The holder of the endowed Chair, yet to be recruited, will demonstrate the same level of commitment to City of Hope’s values, ideals and philosophy as Levine has personified.

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Police sergeant, lymphoma survivor rallies his troops to raise awareness for breast cancer research

October 10, 2016 | Michael Easterling

As a police sergeant, Ed Headtke had his share of life-threatening moments over the years, but none perhaps hitting home closer than his cancer diagnosis two years ago. Now, with 70 other police agencies, he's helping raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

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19-year-old honors grandmother by raising money for brain cancer research

September 27, 2016 | Veronique de Turenne

When Nick Troftgruben lost his grandmother to brain cancer three years ago, he promised himself that he would do something significant to honor her memory. By organizing a four-month, 2,659 mile fundraising hike and generous donation to glioblastoma research at City of Hope, he fulfilled that pledge.

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Fifth Grader Isaiah Hyun Shoots Hoops to Fund a Cancer Cure

September 6, 2016 | Michael Easterling

Isaiah Hyun recently started back to school at Arroyo Vista Elementary in South Pasadena, ready to take on the world. Now a fifth grader, he is motivated to “do good,” not only in class, but for others as well. When it came time to select a community service project as part of his classwork, Isaiah knew what he wanted to do: raise money for cancer research at City of Hope.

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Simple gifts: How a family pulled through, then gave back

August 9, 2016 | City of Hope

When Lauren Baum Nollette was suddenly thrust into a battle with breast cancer at just 28 years old, she found much needed stability in the simple fact that her father, Jim, was present visits and surgeries. Now eight years on, her father has established the new Baum Family Professorship in Women's Cancers to be used to advance breast cancer research.

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20th Annual Walk for Hope raises funds for cancer treatments to benefit women everywhere

July 19, 2016 | Denise Heady

For 20 years, thousands of cancer survivors, patients, families and friends have participated in City of Hope’s annual Walk for Hope to not only raise money and awareness for women’s cancers, but to support and honor all those who have fought - or even will fight - women's cancers. Register today.

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The mission continues: Survivor seeks a cure for bladder cancer, raises millions

March 2, 2016 | Denise Heady

When Frank di Bella was diagnosed with advanced bladder cancer in 2011, his doctor said that he only had a few months to live. Visits to several more institutions for additional opinions resulted in the same message. But Frank did not let that derail him. Despite his grim prognosis, he continued to look for a more hopeful path — a path that led him to City of Hope.

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Circle 1500 funds womens cancers research projects with pooled membership dues

October 22, 2015 | Kelly Mayfield

Circle 1500 — a giving circle made up of patients, community members, friends and families of women affected by cancer — meets every quarter to pool resources and funds to support breakthroughs for women's cancers at City of Hope.

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Nurse-led hypnosis helps cancer patients find relief from pain, nausea

October 8, 2015 | Nancy Brands Ward

Hypnosis gets a bad rap. Portrayals in the media of hypnosis as a silly or devious tool used to embarrass unwitting subjects or even gain control of people and their resources have kept these misconceptions alive.

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Kidney cancer patient to fellow patients: keep fighting

September 29, 2015 | Denise Heady

When Cindy Pasternak learned of her husband's cancer diagnosis on April 1, 2014, she hoped it was an April Fool's joke. But medical tests had revealed that what David Pasternak, then 63, a successful Los Angeles attorney, had dismissed as a persistent case of bronchitis was, in fact, something far more grave.

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