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: 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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Liquid Biopsy Offers a New Way to Target Kidney Cancer

February 17, 2017 | Denise Heady

Despite a wave of new targeted therapies being approved to treat kidney cancer, many of those therapies have been challenging to use because of the difficulty in obtaining cancer tissue for genomic testing. Now, researchers may have found a way to combat this problem: the liquid biopsy.

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Inside the Lab: Slowing Down Estrogen Boosters to Treat Breast Cancer

February 16, 2017 | Denise Heady

City of Hope scientists have identified a new, potential treatment for breast cancers that exhibit a resistance against a common type of drug used to treat the disease.

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Survivors' bell gives cancer patients extra ring of hope

February 15, 2017 | Denise Heady

A survivors' bell hanging in City of Hope’s main Duarte campus has been rung by more than 200 patients since it was donated by ovarian cancer survivor Becky Velazquez-McIntyre two summers ago. And now she is taking the survivor bell ritual to the rest of the 13 City of Hope community practice sites.

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Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D., Is a Man on a Mission: Ending Childhood Leukemia

February 14, 2017 | Abe Rosenberg

Hailed as one of the best researchers of his generation, Markus Müschen has joined City of Hope with the singular goal of wiping out Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), the most common form of cancer in children.

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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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New Website Addresses Health Risks Facing African Americans

February 13, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope, along with the National Urban league, Anthem and Pfizer, recently announced the launch of Take Action for Health, a free interactive website aimed at reducing some of the greatest health risks facing the African American community today: breast cancer, heart disease and emotional well-being.

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New in Nature: Researchers discover sugar-addiction of cancer cells in childhood leukemia

February 13, 2017 | Katie Neith

According to a new article in Nature, a team led by City of Hope’s Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Systems Biology, thinks that sugar uptake and energy supply may play a key role in the relapse of ALL.

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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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