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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at City of Hope
Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers the opportunity to reflect not only on breast cancer’s impact, but also our progress against the disease. Evidence of this progress can be found in the lives of our patients, some of whom share their stories and advice below; in the experience of our physicians; and in the commitment of our supporters.
Breast Cancer TweetChat w/ Laura L. Kruper, M.D.
On Oct. 15, Dr. Kruper discussed breast cancer prevention, risks, treatments and lifestyle changes on Twitter. View the full TweetChat at www.twubs.com/breastchat.
Survivor Stories
In our 'My Cancer Diagnosis: What I wish I’d known' series, former patients reflect upon their experience. Read their inspiring stories and advice.

Sterling Abbott

Sterling Abbott discovered a lump in her breast while breast-feeding her baby. She thought it would go away. It didn’t.

Kommah McDowell

Kommah McDowell’s diagnosis at age 28 came with the prediction that she had only a 5 percent chance of surviving two years. She’s now 37, with a son.
Luisa Najera was twice told that the lump she felt was just a cyst, even though her sister had died of breast cancer at age 38. Finally, she  came to City of Hope.
Stephanie Hosford first learned that she was pregnant -- then learned she had triple-negative breast cancer. She was advised to have an abortion. Instead, she came to City of Hope.
Candida Orosco defeated an aggressive form of breast cancer. Now she’s determined to make a difference in the world.
Don Hoffman noticed that the nipple on his left breast was suspiciously flat. He had a hunch it might be breast cancer. He was right.
Julie and Ed Rodriguez learned how to fight her breast cancer as a team. Now they have advice for other couples.
Breast Cancer Videos
City of Hope experts cover prevention, screening, treatment and breast cancer reconstruction in a series of informative videos.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Breast Self-Exams

News & Research

City of Hope’s survivorship for breast cancer is ahead of the national curve, with patients who have had surgery exceeding the national average for survival. 

Teens and pre-teens who regularly eat peanut butter appear to have a reduced risk of developing benign breast disease later in life. The condition is a risk factor for breast cancer.
City of Hope researcher Jeffrey Weitzel and his team are evaluating BRCA mutations unique to Latino men and women, work now furthered by a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women.
Breast cancer risk is affected by genetics and other factors. We can’t change the former; we can change the latter. Here are two ways.
Better surgical techniques and treatment  regimens have improved the odds for breast cancer patients. But catching the disease early remains one of the most important factors for better outcomes.
The three primary types of breast construction -- use of implants, use of the patient's own tissue or use of a combination of the two – each have their own pros and cons.
Donors to breast cancer research are often  unaware of just how that money is used and where it goes. That can’t be said of the members of Circle 1500.
People with a family history of breast cancer often seek genetic testing to find out whether they carry mutations to key genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2, greatly increasing their risk for breast cancer and other diseases. 

Even as a new Cancer study reignites the debate over the ideal age at which to begin mammogram screenings for breast cancer, City of Hope experts are urging women not to settle for a one-size-fits-all approach. 

Where there’s smoke, there’s more likely to be breast cancer. 

Numerous studies have connected the dots between alcohol consumption and breast cancer, but the impact on breast cancer survival has been less clear. 

Breast cancer treatment can be not only daunting but depressing, with 15 to 25 percent of cancer patients suffering from depression, according to the National Cancer Institute.   

Science is paying off. Thanks to the significant progress in cancer research and scientific discoveries, more people are surviving cancer. 


Young women may want to think twice before having a glass of wine with their dinner or a beer at the end of the day.  

Although surgeons can remove most of a breast cancer tumor through surgery, microscopic amounts of cancer can remain. 

The Women’s Cancers Program at City of Hope unites scientists from across disciplines who aim to prevent cancer, seek out better treatments and help survivors live whole, healthy lives. 


Got Questions? Get Answers

Tuesday, Oct. 15, noon to 1 p.m. PT

Use hashtag #breastchat to participate on Twitter.
You can also follow and participate easily on
at twubs.com/breastchat.

Ask the Experts
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

City of Hope’s Cooper Auditorium and streamed LIVE on YouTube
Register now to attend in person or watch live on YouTube.

Women’s Cancers Program
The City of Hope Women’s Cancers Program brings together physicians and researchers from across the institution who are committed to diagnosing, treating and preventing cancers of the breast, uterus, ovary and cervix.

Breast Cancer Brochures

Breast Cancer Videos
Below find videos highlighting the City of Hope Breast Cancer Program, screenings and other relevant information about breast cancer.


Shop for Good

City of Hope partners with a variety of venerable brands to help raise funds for our groundbreaking research. Please support our fight to
find a cure by making your next purchases with them. Donations to City of Hope go directly into research.

Hard Rock Gets KISS-ed

Hard Rock and KISS have teamed up to donate 15% from the sale of the brand’s KISS Signature Series Edition 32 T-shirt and collectible pin, in support of City of Hope. These special-edition products will be available for a limited time in stores and online.

Linea Pelle

Carry hope with you with Linea Pelle’s casual luxury handbags, belts and other leather goods, which will benefit City of Hope’s women's cancers research, treatment and education programs. Every Thursday between October 1, 2013 thru September 30, 2014 Linea Pelle will donate 5% of all products sold to City of Hope.  Linea Pelle will also include the option for stylish consumers to add an additional donation at checkout.   Go to lineapelle.com to see their entire collection, but wait until Thursday to buy!

Hard Rock International – The Who

Rock on with The Who. Hard Rock Café and The Who have teamed up to donate 15% from the sale of specially marked The Who Signature Series 27 T-shirts and pins available for purchase at Hard Rock locations and online benefiting City of Hope.
The Jason Motte Foundation and 108 Stitches have enlisted players from all 30 MLB teams to join the fight against cancer. Each team supports a different cancer-based charitable organization, selected by a player representative on behalf of that team. Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis chose City of Hope and $5 dollars from each sale of his Strike Out Cancer tee benefits City of Hope. Purchase here»

Josie Maran

Josie Maran partners with City of Hope with her GOGO (Get One Give One) program, where $1 is donated every time one GOGO mascara is purchased.  Visit josiemarancosmetics.com to get yours today.


Do good and look great with Murad’s Hydrate for Hope, a specially marked moisturizer: Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture. Murad donates 10% from the sale of this set to City of Hope’s women’s cancers research, treatment and education programs. Hydrate for Hope will be available at murad.com, Massage Envy, Sephora.com, Sephora inside JC Penney, Beauty Brands, Army/Air Force Exchange and independent spas and salons.


Pravana International has created NEVO, a vegan and gluten free natural hair care line free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates. Pravana is donating 5% of NEVO product sales to City of Hope for cancer research, treatment and education. Learn more about NEVO at pravana.com.  Available at specialty salon supply shops nationwide.


Visit participating beauty stores to pick-up a specially marked Redken shampoo and conditioners.  Redken has made a one-time flat donation to support City of Hope’s fight against cancer.


Health-Ade, a kombucha tea company, is supporting City of Hope with 10% of sales from their pomegranate tea to be donated to City of Hope's super foods research.  Pomegranate Health-Ade is available at select retailers, online and at farmer's markets in Southern California.

The Handoff

Energetic sports radio personality, John “J.T. the Brick Tournour, has penned the book “The Handoff” where he talks about his friend Andrew Ashwood’s batter with cancer. “The Handoff” follows Ashwood’s journey through cancer, as well as Tournour’s path to understanding the caregiving process. Tournour is donating royalties from the sale of the book to City of Hope for cancer research, treatment and education.

3M Post-It + Scotch

Turn your desk into a pink party with the help of 3M Scotch and 3M Post-it , including a chic pink stiletto shoe tape dispenser and pink pebble tape dispenser, designed by world-renowned designer Karim Rashid, and pink multi-purpose scissors and pink heart pop-up note dispensers. Since 2004, programs from 3M have raised more than $1.5 million.  Check your local office products retailer for availability.


Get a jump start on the new year with one of ACCO's specially marked calendars, planners and notebooks. Since 2008, ACCO has donated more than $2 million to City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment and education. Check your local office products retailer for availability.

CE Supply

CE Supply Store is committed to supporting research and treatment at City of Hope for men’s and women’s cancers. Purchase any product from their “Making the Case for Hope” product line through December 2014. Products are available on the CE Supply website and amazon.com.


For the 2nd year in a row, Georgia-Pacific is supporting City of Hope's research and treatment with donations from their office and cleaning products. Check your local office products retailer for availability.

Liquid Fence

Liquid Fence is donating 25¢ from the sale of every specially marked deer and rabbit repellent to support City of Hope’s fight against breast cancer. Available at Home Depot and homedepot.com

Newell Rubbermaid

Newell Rubbermaid is donating 10¢ - $1.00 per specially marked pink ribbon products including “Pink@Work” products from PaperMate pens, uni-ball pens, Expo markers, Sharpie pink ribbon markers, Rolodex photo book, Liquid Paper, and Parker Pen

Staples Product Promotion

Turn your office pink with Staples’ pink ribbon stapler and tape dispensers, available in Staples stores nationwide and online. Staples is donating 50¢ from the sale of each item through December 31, 2013. Available on staples.com and in-store at Staples locations nationwide.

Breeders' Cup World Championship

For the second year, City of Hope has been selected as the primary beneficiary of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The top of the horse racing world competes at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

When tickets are purchased using this link and promo code,10% of each purchase will benefit City of Hope.

Purchase tickets here or call 877-285-8468. Use promo code BCWC14.

Sprawling over 13,000 square feet, "Diana: Legacy of a Princess" exhibit at the historic Queen Mary includes a priceless collection of gowns and cherished memorabilia from Princess Diana, members of the Royal Family and the fashion of Princess Kate. A portion of the proceeds benefit City of Hope's fight against breast cancer. Read more » 
Get Involved
Join thousands and walk for women’s cancers, women’s cures, on Nov. 3, 2013 in Los Angeles. Event details »
Join our giving circle and help decide which breast cancer research programs to fund. Read more »
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Cooper Finkel Women’s Health Center
Many gynecological cancer and breast cancer  services at City of Hope are provided at the Rita Cooper Finkel and J. William Finkel Women's Health Center. Here, women receive the highest quality care, whether seeking prevention and screening services or coping with a cancer diagnosis.
The Positive Image Center is where licensed cosmetologists support and assist patients with building and maintaining self-confidence in their appearance. Services are free and provide a forum in which patients can access wig fittings and stylings and discuss cosmetic techniques.
About City of Hope
Ranked as one of  "America’s Best Hospitals"  in cancer by U.S.News & World Report, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation.