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For low-risk prostate cancer, he chose ‘active surveillance’

March 6, 2014 | by
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When Ralph Richardson discovered that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) reading was a 6, he told his primary care physician that he wanted to go to City of Hope. “I felt I was better off in a City of Hope environment, where it’s a cancer treatment specialty hospital. This is what they do,” Richardson said. At City of Hope, Richardson met with Jonathan Yamzon, M.D., clinical professor in the Prostate Cancer Program. “After Ralph’s biopsy revealed prostate cancer, we discussed the parameters used to stratify his risk of disease progression, and he fell into the ‘low-risk’…

Brain tumor research: 3 foundations back neural stem cell work

February 18, 2014 | by
Despite gradual improvements over the years, brain tumors remain particularly tricky to treat. Treatment can affect normal brain tissue, which can cause physical and cognitive impairment. One particularly challenging obstacle is the blood-brain barrier, which prevents cancer drugs from passing into the brain and attacking the tumor. Gutova is an assistant research professor of neurosciences . She may have found a way to get through that barrier — using neural stem cells. But Margarita Gutova, M.D., assistant research professor in the laboratory of Karen Aboody, M.D., professor in the Department of Neurosciences and the Division of Neurosurgery, in…

Lymphoma changed Emmet and Toni Stephenson; now they want to change it

February 12, 2014 | by
During their 46-year marriage – an attraction begun as kindergarten sweethearts – entrepreneurs Emmet and Toni Stephenson have worked together to build diverse businesses ranging from portfolio management to Internet publishing. When Toni was diagnosed with T cell lymphoma last spring, the couple refocused their energies into restoring her health. Emmet and Toni Stephenson with their daughter Tessa Stephenson Brand “Cancer became the center of our life,” Emmet said. “Our priorities really got changed and turned upside down almost instantly.” “It did change us,” Toni said. “It was quite a summer.” Toni is currently in remission following treatment…

‘Ask the Experts: HPV and Links to Cancer’: What you need to know

February 11, 2014 | by
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What is HPV? How is it linked to cancer? How can I prevent it? Those are some of the questions many women have about human papillomavirus, or HPV. City of Hope physicians will provide the answers at our Feb. 20 “Ask the Experts” presentation. Mark Wakabayashi, chief of gynecologic oncology at City of Hope, will discuss the HPV vaccine and links to cervical cancer. The session, titled “HPV and Links to Cancer,” will feature three City of Hope experts.  Mark Wakabayashi, M.D., M.P.H., associate clinical professor and chief of gynecologic oncology, will focus on the virus’ connection to…

T cell research for prostate cancer gets boost from $1 million gift

February 4, 2014 | by
A $1 million challenge award from Movember and Prostate Cancer Foundation will fuel City of Hope's T-cell research to treat prostate cancer.
Although prostate cancer is often highly treatable, the prognosis for men with metastatic disease remains grim. According to the American Cancer Society, men with distant prostate cancer metastases have a five-year survival rate of 28 percent, and almost 30,000 men die from the disease each year in the United States. A $1 million challenge award from Movember and Prostate Cancer Foundation will fuel City of Hope’s T cell research to treat prostate cancer. Researchers hope to turn that tide by using two novel agents developed at City of Hope that will attack cancerous cells with…

Cancer and cuisine: Tips for leading a healthier life

January 31, 2014 | by
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City of Hope recently hosted two free Ask the Experts events, titled “Cancer and Cuisine,” focusing on the benefits of healthy eating, physical activity and weight management, as well as easy-to-make healthy recipes. Here are some quick tips from both programs: Select a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for nutrient diversity. Do not focus on single nutrients, because the nutrients in food work together to create health and fight off disease. Dark, leafy green vegetables are the most nutrient-rich food on the planet. Exercise regularly, and try to exercise three to four hours a week. Watch your…

Diabetes research: From epigenetics to islet cell transplants

January 5, 2014 | by
Islet cells produce insulin
Nearly 350 million people worldwide are coping with diabetes, and the disease is expected to be the seventh-leading cause of death by 2030. Aware of these grim statistics, researchers at City of Hope are committed to halting the global epidemic. Researchers at City of Hope are working on multiple fronts to make islet transplantation a viable option for patients. On the frontiers of epigenetic engineering Art Riggs, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research, is focused on the possibilities within the field of epigenetics. A concept pioneered by Riggs, epigenetics refers to stable…

Rose Parade float: Ben Teller’s dreams can now become reality

December 30, 2013 | by
(Photo credit: Courtesy of Ben Teller)
Ben Teller’s dreams were made possible through a lifesaving stem cell transplant. His dream to meet the stem cell donor who saved him will come true at the Rose Parade. (Photo credit: Courtesy of Ben Teller) For those who have battled cancer, each tomorrow is, in reality, a dream come true. On Jan. 1,  former City of Hope patients will see another dream come true: They’ll be riding atop City of Hope’s float in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. The theme of this year’s float is “Turning Hope and Dreams into Reality”; the theme of…

How to give back: What student volunteers have learned (w/VIDEO)

December 24, 2013 | by
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The fifth in a series about how to give, and give back, during the holiday season … Giving back doesn’t have to mean giving money. At City of Hope, a special program makes giving (and giving back) easier for young men and women attending college. In collaboration with Claremont McKenna, Pitzer and Scripps colleges, City of Hope’s Volunteer Services Department created the Student Resource Advocate Program. Through that program, students help reduce stress and anxiety among both patients and caregivers. As a volunteer, the students greet and interact with patients and caregivers in the outpatient clinics,…

How to give back: Couple who lost son now help others (w/VIDEO)

December 17, 2013 | by
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The fourth in a series about how to give, and give back, during the holiday season ... Giving back during the holidays (or year-round) doesn’t have to come in the form of cash, toys or tangible gifts. In fact, it can be done at no cost: One way is by volunteering. Local hospitals, animal shelters and other nonprofit organizations nationwide rely on volunteers to help run daily operations. At City of Hope, volunteers play a special role, bringing compassion, empathy and hope to patients and their families. Gloria and Sal Grill know just how powerful this form…