Posts tagged ‘top cancer hospitals’

Now possible: Higher-definition CT scans at a lower radiation dose

January 19, 2013 | by
128-slice CT scan
Fears about the potential radiation dangers of CT scans have been growing nationwide in recent years, with some health experts urging doctors to think twice before ordering the scans. But with cancer treatment, CT scans are hardly optional. City of Hope’s new CT scanner offers high-resolution images at lower levels of radiation exposure compared to older machines. (Credit: GE Healthcare) Now City of Hope has become one of the few hospitals in the nation, and the first in Southern California, to use a high-definition – but low-dose – CT scanner. The scanner enables physicians to…

They’re going after neuroblastoma’s hiding place

November 15, 2011 | by
Hua Yu, Ph.D. (Walter Urie Photography) Scientists now think that areas of the body like the bone marrow actually may welcome and protect spreading cancer cells. City of Hope researchers have paired up with scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to target these hiding places — specifically in the treatment of neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma, which forms in the nervous system, is the most common type of cancer in infants and the fourth most common childhood cancer. Some neuroblastomas are highly aggressive and difficult to treat successfully because they resist drugs. But a new $2.5 million grant…

Clinic brings men and women together to tackle breast cancer as a team

November 7, 2011 | by
The Rita Cooper Finkel and J. William Finkel Women’s Health Center - City of Hope
The Rita Cooper Finkel and J. William Finkel Women’s Health Center will house a new evening clinic (Photo by Alicia Di Rado) Through its very nature, breast cancer is a relationship disease. It can change a woman’s feelings about her body, and it’s a disease that can affect intimacy with her spouse or partner. City of Hope surgeon Courtney Vito, M.D., knows that. She helps breast cancer patients every day, and she sees that men often don’t know how to react or relate to a woman going through the disease. In turn, women struggle with…

Education brings more quality nursing to the seriously ill

November 4, 2011 | by
Betty Ferrell
Just as every life begins, every life ends. But when City of Hope nursing researchers in the late 1990s looked at the textbooks most often used in the nation’s nursing schools, they found that only 2 percent of all the content dealt with helping patients through their last months and days. It’s no wonder that studies showed that nurses nationwide felt unprepared to provide high-quality palliative care. Palliative care strives to improve the quality of life for patients and their families by helping them manage symptoms and cope with the stress of illness. It’s so…

Researchers tackle cancer stem cells to counter triple-negative breast cancer

November 1, 2011 | by
George Somlo, M.D., F.A.C.P
Nearly one out of five breast cancer patients has triple-negative breast cancer — an aggressive type of tumor that often returns despite treatment. This cancer can defy conventional therapy, and breast cancer stem cells may be to blame, explains City of Hope’s George Somlo, M.D., F.A.C.P.  in this video. Somlo, co-director of City of Hope’s Breast Cancer Program, says that successful, modern therapies like Herceptin target receptors found on the surface of most breast cancer cells. But triple-negative breast cancers have none of those receptors. They can resist other drug treatments, too, because their cells…

Exercise your power to reduce your breast cancer risk

October 31, 2011 | by
Laura Kruper, M.D.(Photo by Walter Urie) The profusion of pink products, advertisements and inspiring survivor stories this time of year all serve to remind the public that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Yet, many are unaware that they can take steps today to beat breast cancer or avoid it altogether. Detecting breast cancer early is the best way to beat the disease, and City of Hope surgeon Laura Kruper, M.D., wants women to get the tools to find tumors when they’re highly curable. She recently appeared on NBC’s Nonstop News LA to talk about…

Bottom line on cervical cancer screenings: More testing needed

October 27, 2011 | by
Mark Wakabayashi, M.D.
Questions swirl around recommendations for various cancer screenings these days, and now a panel of health experts has added cervical cancer to the mix. Even though many doctors test for human papillomavirus, or HPV, as part of the routine women’s exams they provide, the U.S. Preventive Services said on Monday that there’s insufficient evidence to recommend these tests for woman age 30 or older. The HPV test checks whether a woman is carrying risky forms of the virus that cause most cases of cervical cancer. The panel indicated that younger women are frequently positive for…

City of Hope teams with Caltech on new cancer and HIV/AIDS therapies

October 18, 2011 | by
City of Hope Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Cancer Immunotherapeutics and Tumor Immunology Scientists from City of Hope and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have joined forces on biomedical and bioengineering research projects that may ultimately boost treatment for cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Through the Caltech/City of Hope Biomedical Research Initiative, four scientific teams have split grants totaling $400,000.  The new grants support research into gene therapy for HIV/AIDS and cancer, genetic profiling of cancer stem cells and testing drug targets for leukemia.The research initiative was established in 2008 through a $3…

Nursing researchers lead the way on caring for cancer survivors

October 17, 2011 | by
Marcia Grant, R.N., D.N.Sc., director and professor of the Division of Nursing Research and Education
For cancer patients who are finishing treatment, proper care means having a plan for regular follow-ups and taking steps for cancer prevention and early detection in the coming months and years. But too few patients get this kind of care. Marcia Grant, R.N., D.N.Sc., director and professor of the Division of Nursing Research and Education(photo by Walter Urie) Now the National Cancer Institute  has granted City of Hope and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center more than $1.4 million to train nurses in how to care for cancer survivors. Two hundred nurses from across the country will…

City of Hope surgeon Laura Crocitto, M.D., talks about vitamin E and prostate cancer

October 17, 2011 | by
Laura Crocitto, M.D.
You may have heard talk on the news about a link between vitamins and prostate cancer. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association  reveals that men should be more aware of the vitamins and supplements they may be taking. The SELECT study enrolled more than 35,000 healthy men across the country and found that those taking high doses of vitamin E over a seven-year period had about a 17 percent greater risk of prostate cancer compared to men taking a placebo. Laura Crocitto, M.D., clinical associate professor of surgery in City…