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.

Mark Paolera
Immunotherapy Gives Hodgkin Lymphoma Patient a Second Chance

May 26, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Four years ago, Mark Paolera, now 39, was busy enjoying the typical active California lifestyle, including mountain biking, hiking and deep-sea fishing. After a battery of tests, Paolera was diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma in May of 2014.

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Meet Our Doctors: Breast Cancer Surgeon Lesley Taylor, M.D.

May 25, 2017 | Travis Marshall

The rapidly evolving breast cancer field excited Lesley Taylor, M.D., promising a career on the leading edge of science with rapidly improving outcomes for the women she treated. But at the same time, she realized that those advances weren’t available to large numbers of women in other parts of the world.

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Check Yourself: A Visual Guide to Skin Cancer Self-exams (Infographic)

May 23, 2017 | City of Hope

To detect melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, at its earliest, most treatable stage, conduct a head-to-toe skin self-examination once a month to check for suspicious moles. Unusual, or atypical, moles can ultimately develop into skin cancer.

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Meet Our Doctors: Pelvic Floor Issues Specialist Seth Cohen, M.D.

May 19, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Urologist Seth A. Cohen, M.D., joined City of Hope last year. A surgeon and assistant clinical professor in the Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology, Cohen specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

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Everything You Need to Know About Bladder Cancer (Infographic)

May 17, 2017 | City of Hope

Though the rate of new bladder cancer diagnoses in men and women have been dropping slightly in recent years, it’s still important to arm yourself with the facts. And so, in honor of Bladder Cancer Awareness Month, here’s everything you need to know about the disease.

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A ‘Multifront’ Approach: Breakthroughs in Bladder Cancer

May 16, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Bladder cancer is a stubborn disease. Malignant cells in the bladder frequently grow back or pop up elsewhere, even if they're removed in their earliest stages. But the City of Hope surgeons and scientists working to eradicate bladder cancer are equally stubborn.

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10 Nutrition Tips for Life After Cancer

May 13, 2017 | Dory Benford

Patients undergoing cancer treatment are encouraged to eat enough food to maintain their weight — even if they’re overweight. But once treatment ends, the goal becomes getting as lean as possible without being underweight. We spoke to City of Hope dietitian Elaine Siu, who gave us her top 10 recommendations for leading a healthier lifestyle after cancer treatment.

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New Mom Finds Fresh Outlook After Surviving Rare Hybrid Leukemia

May 12, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Nine months after her daughter’s birth, Monica Weld got a bad sore throat and cough that she just couldn’t shake. She and her husband went directly to the hospital, where tests showed she had not one, but two kinds of leukemia: acute lymphoblastic (ALL) and acute myeloid (AML).

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How Henrietta Lacks Helped Make Me the Scientist I Am Today

May 12, 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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