Posts tagged ‘lymphoma’

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…

AACR 2014: Hormone therapy linked to lower non-Hodgkin lymphoma risk

April 7, 2014 | by
pills in blister pack
Hormone therapy, which is prescribed to women for relief of menopausal symptoms such hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, has recently seen a decline in popularity (and use) due to its link to an increased risk of breast and endometrial cancer. But City of Hope researchers have found that menopausal hormone therapy may actually lower the risk of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. City of Hope researchers found that menopausal hormone therapy use appears linked to a lower risk of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Sophia Wang, Ph.D., associate professor at City of Hope’s Division of Cancer Etiology and…

AACR 2014: Where ‘meaningful advances’ against cancer begin

April 5, 2014 | by
Enlisting the immune system to fight cancer
More than 18,000 researchers, clinicians, advocates and other professionals will convene at the 105th American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting taking place in San Diego from April 5 to 9. With more than 6,000 findings being presented over this five-day period, the amount of information can seem overwhelming. Conferences such as the AACR annual meeting can lead to — even expedite — tomorrow’s cancer treatments by facilitating dialogue, exchange of information and collaboration among researchers. But all those posters, presentations and seminars serve a purpose, which is best summed up by the theme…

John Rossi awarded 5-year, $3.3 million grant to help patients beat HIV

March 27, 2014 | by
John Rossi, Ph.D
John Rossi has been studying HIV — and how to help patients beat it — almost as long as scientists have known about the virus. His expertise is globally recognized, and it recently  helped net him a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). John Rossi The grant extends the NIH’s funding of Rossi’s work to more than two decades; it will support his efforts to develop a practical way to deliver a gene therapy to HIV patients. The gene therapy uses a form of RNA, a close genetic cousin to…

Meet our doctors: Hematologist Leslie Popplewell on clinical trials

March 2, 2014 | by
Clinical trials
Research studies known as clinical trials have led to countless advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. These studies test the effectiveness of new medical approaches that can lead to fewer treatment-related side effects and, in some cases, improved outcomes for patients with certain cancers. Leslie Popplewell says clinical trials can offer additional treatment options for patients. But many patients know little about clinical trials, much less what’s involved to participate. Here,  Leslie Popplewell, associate professor in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope, explains how clinical trials work and…

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…

New CMV vaccine targets virus affecting third of transplant patients

February 3, 2014 | by
Vaccine expert John Zaia
In most healthy adults, the immune system wages a winning battle against a virus that infects up to 80 percent of the population by age 40. Most never even know they have cytomegalovirus, or CMV. John Zaia, chair of the Department of Virology, checks on Jasson Duran, the first volunteer enrolled in a study of a new CMV vaccine developed and manufactured at City of Hope. However, the virus is a leading cause of complications and serious illness in patients who have compromised immune systems, including those receiving hematopoietic cell transplants to treat leukemia or lymphoma. CMV…

Pediatric cancer researchers explore new ways to help kids

January 12, 2014 | by
Every child fighting cancer is unique — and deserves treatment that recognizes differences in age, developmental stage, background and the cancer he or she is battling. City of Hope conducts groundbreaking research and practices compassionate care that addresses the needs of each child, tailoring treatment to overcome disease. Our commitment to help children fight cancer City of Hope is committed to helping children fight cancer. Our scientists’ groundbreaking research and our physicians’ lifesaving treatments are all part of that commitment. City of Hope is committed to helping children fight cancer, even when prior treatments have…

A simple act in Rhode Island, a lifesaving transplant in Duarte

January 1, 2014 | by
Nancy Haag
Stem cell donations are usually an anonymous gift, with people who want to help others donating their lifesaving cells simply from the rightness and joy of being able to save another human being. The donor and the recipient almost never meet – except in special circumstances. On the morning of Jan. 1, 2014, at the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., those special circumstances were in place. Former City of Hope patient Ben Teller met the woman who saved him from Hodgkin lymphoma: Nancy Haag. Teller had previously spoken of his journey through the disease and transplant process, but…

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…