Patient Care


Meet our doctors: Yuman Fong on the future of cancer surgery

April 19, 2014 | by
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Meet City of Hope’s new chair of the Department of Surgery – esteemed pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgeon, researcher and author Yuman Fong, M.D. As one of today’s most respected and recognizable physicians in the treatment of cancers of the liver, bile duct, gallbladder and pancreas, Fong has pioneered and enhanced many surgical therapies now widely used around the world to treat these difficult diseases. He also coordinates and participates in many studies aimed at better understanding them and at their prevention and treatment. Yuman Fong, the new chair of City of Hope’s Department of Surgery, says research plays…

17-year-old wonders about bone marrow donor; soon, she’ll get answers

April 18, 2014 | by
Kayla Saikaly, 17, and her mother Samar fought her aplastic anemia together. They will meet the match who donated bone marrow for her lifesaving transplant at City of Hope May 9.
For most of her life, Southern California teenager Kayla Saikaly described herself as healthy, even very healthy. She played basketball. She never missed school with as much as a fever. Her worst childhood illness was nothing more than a cold. Kayla Saikaly, 17, and her mother, Samar, fought her aplastic anemia together. They will meet the donor of her lifesaving bone marrow at City of Hope on May 9. Then, when she was 13, her nose started bleeding after a basketball game. That incident, coupled with unexplained bruising on her arms and legs, worried her…

Cancer urban legends: True or not true? Ask the experts (w/ VIDEO)

April 14, 2014 | by
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Deodorant, plastic bottles, grilled foods, artificial sweeteners, soy products … Do any of these products really cause cancer? With so many cancer myths and urban legends out there, why not ask the experts? They can debunk cancer myths while sharing cancer facts that matter, such as risk factors, prevention and the research underway at City of Hope. Join us on April 19 in Lancaster, Calif., to hear from Nimit Sudan, M.D., assistant clinical professor of medical oncology, and Vijay Trisal, M.D., medical director of City of Hope’s community practices and an associate clinical professor of surgical oncology. Or…

Musician George Winston has new goal: Say ‘thank you’ in German

April 11, 2014 | by
Musician George Winston
George Winston, known worldwide for his impressionistic, genre-defying music, considers music to be his first language, and admits he often stumbles over words – especially when he attempts languages other than English. George Winston, shown here with Los Angeles Dodger Tim Leary at the 2013 Celebration of Life bone marrow transplant reunion, will meet his donor at this year’s event on May 9. There’s one German phrase he’s determined to perfect, however: danke schön. Winston thinks he’ll have it mastered by his first face-to-face meeting with the 20-year-old German woman who donated the bone marrow…

Healthcare Decisions Day: ‘Advance directive’ is how you say ‘my way’

April 11, 2014 | by
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Few decisions are more important than those involving health care, and few decisions can have such lasting impact, not only on oneself but on relatives and loved ones. Advance directives for health care let you make your wishes known, while you’re able to do so. If you haven’t done so already, National Healthcare Decisions Day is the perfect time to do it. Those choices, especially, should be made in advance – carefully, deliberately, free of pain and stress, and with much weighing of values and priorities. That’s the purpose of National Healthcare Decisions Day, to…

Talking about advance directives needn’t be hard. Make it a game

April 10, 2014 | by
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Using a card game to make decisions about health care, especially as those decisions relate to the end of life, would seem to be a poor idea. It isn’t. The GoWish Game can help family members talk about what’s important to them at the end of life. The GoWish Game makes those overwhelming, but all-important decisions not just easy, but natural. On each card of the 36-card deck is listed what seriously ill, even dying, people often say are most important to them. Some samples: To have my family prepared for my death To remember…

College student with lymphoma advises: Don’t let cancer define you

April 9, 2014 | by
Anna Kendrick with cancer patient at City of Hope
Young adults and adolescents with cancer face unique challenges both during their treatment and afterward. Not only are therapies for children and older adults not always appropriate for them, they also must come to terms with the disease and treatment’s impact on their relationships, finances, school or career, and fertility. All of these challenges point to the need for more research to improve care and follow-up for this age group. Here, one of those patients –  20-year-old Monica Curiel – shares her experience with lymphoma and also her advice for others in her position. ** By Monica Curiel Lymphoma…

Meet our doctors: Philip Pearson and David Rhodes on active surveillance

April 5, 2014 | by
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Cancer of the prostate is the No. 2 cancer killer of men, behind lung cancer, accounting for more than 29,000 deaths annually in this country. But because prostate cancer advances slowly, good prostate health and early detection can make all the difference. Many prostate cancer tumors don’t require immediate treatment because they’re small, confined and slow-growing. For patients with these type of tumors, so-called “watchful waiting,” increasingly known as “active surveillance” may be the best course of action. In “active surveillance,” physicians closely monitor patients so they can identify early signs of disease progression and treat…

New prostate cancer treatment uses MRI to guide ultrasound ablation

April 1, 2014 | by
City of Hope recently treated the first prostate cancer in the U.S. with an investigational procedure that uses MRI-guided ultrasound to "ablate" prostate cancer.
Men with prostate cancer face tough choices: when, or even if, to treat their cancer; what procedure to use; and how to balance their chosen treatment with their quality of life. Now, a new multicenter clinical trial seeks to offer men another option – one that physicians hope will treat prostate cancers with fewer side effects. City of Hope recently became the first center in the U.S. to treat a prostate cancer patient with an investigational procedure that uses MRI-guided ultrasound to “ablate” prostate cancer. As part of that trial, City of Hope has become…

Colon cancer: Physicians explain the facts (w/VIDEO)

March 25, 2014 | by
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The exact causes of colorectal cancer are not completely understood, but many facts about the disease are well-known – as are ways to reduce one’s risk. In our “Ask the Experts: Colon Health” presentation (above), City of Hope physicians provide those facts. The video, recorded live, features colorectal cancer experts Donald David, M.D., chief of gastroenterology; Stephen M. Sentovich, M.D., M.B.A., clinical professor of surgery; and Marwan Fakih, M.D., co-director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program. They share their knowledge about colon cancer, including the importance of screenings, the risk factors for colon cancer, and details on colon cancer treatments. Some…