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News and Media
From blogs to magazines to e-newsletters to audio and video, City of Hope offers a wide array of publications that tell our story and share news of advances in the fight against cancer, diabetes and other serious diseases.
City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS – and so many stories – that we’ve tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they’re all connected.
City News
Our semiannual magazine features the latest advancements in research and treatment, important news and announcements, events, donor and volunteer recognition, and board and executive appointments.
City News Summer 2014 Winter 2013 issue      

Discover the latest about our research, treatment and community events by subscribing to this monthly e-newsletter that offers helpful news you can use.

The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.
High Hopes

High Hopes is created by patients for patients. It features personal writings from patients, families and friends, as well as useful tips from a friendly, supportive perspective.


See how your support is making a difference in the fight against cancer in this bimonthly newsletter for friends and supporters of City of Hope.

Physician's Bulletin

City of Hope’s Physician’s Bulletin is a publication for healthcare professionals that provides news and information about current research activities and significant trends in cancer treatment options. It is published six times per year under the direction of City of Hope’s Communications Group.
Survivorship Connection

A newsletter with health news and tips on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle after childhood cancer. Each issue will have updated information about survivorship issues and will provide links to resources that can help survivors take charge of their future. Published by City of Hope’s Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program.

Watch the latest on City of Hope’s research efforts and lifesaving care and experience the best of City of Hope in action.





Press Releases

From scientific discoveries to promising clinical trials, City of Hope constantly advances new and better ways to improve the lives of people here and throughout the world.
You can find the latest information on our research, clinical and educational programs through this listing of current press releases.
7/17/2014 - City of Hope researcher receives grant for new approach against leukemia
More than 40 percent of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) will relapse despite receiving aggressive chemotherapy for the disease. A new therapeutic approach, using immune cells known as T cells, could significantly improve their odds.
A new approach to treating HIV could free patients from the virus’s tyranny for once and for all. The approach will now advance to clinical trials through a $5.6 million grant from the California Regenerative Medicine Institute awarded to a team led by City of Hope.
Cue will be the first honoree from the technology sector, an acknowledgment of the exciting ways technology and entertainment now intersect to enhance the consumer experience. The award will be presented at a gala dinner in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.
The clinic, located next to Methodist Hospital of Southern California, will increase the availability of City of Hope’s renowned cancer specialists within the Arcadia community and will provide additional convenience for patients seeking general oncologic surgery and medical oncology services.
City of Hope researchers report on young adult cancer patients, location of cancer care, medication nonadherence and phase II drug trials of XL184 (cabozantinib) for breast cancer and ABT-888 (veliparib) for lung cancer.
Bone marrow transplants offer a second chance for people with life-threatening blood cancers and other hematologic malignancies. But many recipients, though overwhelmed with curiosity and the need to express their gratitude, can only dream of meeting the strangers who saved their lives. City of Hope is about to make that dream come true for two patients.
The funding, made possible by philanthropic support, will be used to recruit highly experienced and well-published scientists to join the Department of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope. Their areas of research will include cell biology, immunology, diabetic complications, gene regulation and obesity
A burglary that occurred on Feb. 5, 2014, at Sutherland Healthcare Solutions’ office in Torrance resulted in the theft of eight computers, two of which contained personal information about a small percentage of City of Hope patients and their financial guarantors. Sutherland is an outside vendor that contracts with health care providers, including City of Hope, for certain billing services.
Yuman Fong, M.D., an internationally recognized expert in hepatobiliary cancer and in the use of genetically modified viruses to combat malignant disease, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope.  
A team of researchers at City of Hope has developed a screening assay that can quickly assess up to 1,536 compounds’ effect on estrogen activity in the body. The test can also evaluate whether chemicals act as inhibitors of aromatase, an enzyme linked to breast cancer that converts androgen to estrogen.
Five foundations — Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumors — and two anonymous foundations have announced grants totaling $450,000 in support of Dr. Margarita Gutova’s work, allowing her to continue her preclinical studies using neural stem cells to treat medulloblastoma.
Noted business leader and physician Norman C. Payson, M.D., has been selected as the new chair of the City of Hope board of directors. He began his three-year term on Jan. 1, taking helm of the institution’s board as the research and treatment center launches a new era of growth and scientific investment.
A team of City of Hope researchers has received a two-year, $1 million Movember-Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Challenge Award for a double-armed project to treat advanced prostate cancer. The team will be studying two novel agents’ promising ability to stage a combined immunotherapeutic attack against prostate cancer cells, which have previously been resistant to such an effort.
A $10 million gift from Internet-publishing entrepreneurs Emmet and Toni Stephenson and their daughter Tessa Stephenson Brand will fund the creation of the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center at City of Hope, the cornerstone of the institution’s new Hematologic Malignancies Institute.
City of Hope and Methodist Hospital of Southern California have reached an agreement in which City of Hope will acquire the hospital’s radiation oncology service in Arcadia. The acquisition will expand access to City of Hope’s renowned expertise in radiation therapy and will provide additional convenience for patients seeking specialized cancer services.
12/12/2013 - Wishes come true on City of Hope's Rose Parade float
For those who have battled cancer, each tomorrow is, in reality, a dream come true. No one knows that better than the 11 cancer survivors who will ride City of Hope’s float at the 125th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
Prestigious Press Ganey awards honor institutions for outstanding patient satisfaction
City of Hope has earned two prestigious Press Ganey awards for its top-quality patient care, marking its fifth consecutive year of being honored by the healthcare industry’s leading performance improvement firm.
State-of-the-art facility will bring top-level, comprehensive care to the region’s cancer patients
The brand-new City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center, which will offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment services plus space for conferences and events, will provide Antelope Valley residents with convenient access to City of Hope’s renowned level of care.
Understanding that innovation and inclusion are vital to an effective partnership with our patients and the community at large, City of Hope is proud to announce the launch of a Chinese-language website, cn.cityofhope.org, with content focused specifically on the needs of Chinese-speaking patients, caregivers and their families.
Rosen, an internationally known specialist in hematologic malignancies, will set the scientific direction of City of Hope as it embarks on a new era of strategic growth, shaping the research and educational vision for the  $1.2-billion independent biomedical research, treatment and education institution.
City of Hope and Providence Health & Services, Southern California, announced today their intent to expand access to uniquely compassionate, high-quality oncology services within the Southern California communities served by Providence.

A $6.25 million gift from the estate of Billy and Audrey L. Wilder will be used to create two professorships for City of Hope researchers, along with the Wilder Archives Recognition Gallery at City of Hope.
The 2013-2014 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” has listed City of Hope as one of the best cancer hospitals in the nation. This marks the tenth year that City of Hope has appeared in the cancer rankings of the “Best Hospitals” report, which recognizes elite hospitals in the U.S.
City of Hope has been notified of the renewal of the prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a milestone that marks the institution’s 30th year with an NCI designation.

The event will pit longtime rival teams Grand Ole Opry and “After MidNite with Blair Garner” against each other on Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. at Greer Stadium.

The therapy works through a two-part process that simultaneously takes apart the tumors’ support network while stimulating the immune system to attack the cancerous cells.

The pledge, which will be used to enhance the scientific core and capacity of City of Hope’s Diabetes Research Center by recruiting a nationally acclaimed leader in the field of diabetes research, was given in honor of Annette and Leonard Shapiro, longtime friends and supporters of groundbreaking diabetes research and of City of Hope.

Members of those chapters will be celebrating their contributions to City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, at a truly unique luncheon on May 5, 2013 at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, Wash.
City of Hope, Antelope Valley Hospital, and G. L. Bruno Associates Inc. celebrated the completion of the internal structure of City of Hope | Antelope Valley with a “topping off” ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2013.

The Harrows will receive their awards at the West Coast Golf & Tennis Tournament on June 10, 2013 at the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club in Coto de Caza, CA. For more information about the event, please contact Yolanda V. Guerrero at 800-272-2310 or yguerrero@coh.org or log on to the event website at www.cityofhope.org/nhfi/tournament.

A former executive vice president at WellPoint Inc., overseeing Comprehensive Health Solutions, Levine will lead the medical foundation in its mission to care for, and provide services to, City of Hope patients.

City of Hope has received CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ accreditation, recognizing the organization’s extraordinary commitment to the health of its employees and their families.

Media Relations Team

Experts Directory

As an independent biomedical research and treatment institution, City of Hope specializes in turning research breakthroughs into new treatments. Other specialists are available through the media hotline at 800-888-5323.


  • Joseph Kim, M.D.: Director of the Surgical Oncology Training Program; a specialist in head, upper GI and mixed tumor cancers.
  • 626-471-7100; jokim@coh.org
  • Stephen J. Forman, M.D.: Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic
    Cell Transplantation; has developed City of Hope into an international leader in leukemia, lymphoma, hematologic malignancy and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 62403; sforman@coh.org
  • Leslie Popplewell, M.D.: Specialist in hematopoietic and stem cell transplantation, lymphoma and hematologic malignancies.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 62416; popplewell@coh.org
  • Cy Aaron Stein, M.D.: Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair in Medical Oncology; specializes in drug therapies and new research; also in prostate, bladder and testicular cancers.
  • 626-471-3890; cstein@coh.org

  • Linda Malkas, Ph.D.: Deputy director of Basic Research; specialist in molecular oncology research and importance of translational research.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 68423; lmalkas@coh.org
  • Raynald Samoa, M.D.: Endocrinologist specializing in obesity, childhood obesity.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 65208; rsamoa@coh.org

Media Relations

City of Hope offers members of the media rapid access to scientific and medical experts, news releases, background research, inspirational human interest stories and much more.

We can connect you with investigators and clinicians who can discuss research, treatment and issues related to cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Experts in gene therapy, stem cell research, biotechnology, genetics, prevention, surgical oncology, pain management, end-of-life care and an array of other subjects are also available.

For breaking health news, interviews, photo requests or the most current information and resources available, please call our Media Hotline at 800-888-5323 or email us at media@coh.org.
Media Kit
To obtain a media kit or other information about City of Hope, please contact the Media Relations office for assistance. You may also download electronic versions of materials here:
City of Hope's institutional, research, clinical and philanthropic distinctions.
City of Hope's key achievements over the last 100 years.
Extensive report on clinical, research and fund-raising activities for the fiscal year.
What makes City of Hope research different? Collaboration(w/VIDEO)

What makes City of Hope research different? Collaboration (w/VIDEO)

Regardless of their institution, all cancer researchers want one thing – to find a cure for cancer. But City of Hope researchers have some advantages in this quest. The advantages start with a culture...

May 8, 2014

This celebration (Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion) includesreflection

This celebration (Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion) includes reflection

At City of Hope’s upcoming Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion on Friday, May 9, hundreds of patients and the doctors and nurses who cared for them through their battles with cancer and...

May 7, 2014

From donor to recipient: Follow the blood (w/VIDEO)

From donor to recipient: Follow the blood (w/VIDEO)

Every day in the United States, an estimated 40,000 units of blood products are used to treat the injured and the ill. This includes City of Hope patients, who count on donated blood during surge...

May 6, 2014

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For the latest breaking health news, interviews, photo requests or the most current information and resources available, please call our Media Hotline at 800-888-5323 or email us at media@coh.org.
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  • Eleven years ago, lymphoma patient Christine Pechera began the long road toward a cancer-free life. She had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and told by doctors elsewhere that her lifespan likely would be measured in months, not years. Refusing to give up, she came to City of Hope for a second opinion. ...
  • Brain surgery is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, as well as curiosity and compassion. The truly great surgeons also have a desire to find new, and better ways, of healing the brain. Enter Behnam Badie, M.D., chief of neurosurgery at City of Hope. Now a pioneer in brain tumor treatment, Badie enter...
  • Elizabeth Budde, M.D., Ph.D., wants to encourage infighting. She aims to turn the immune system on itself — to the benefit of patients with acute myeloid leukemia, or AML. AML arises when abnormal white blood cells grow out of control, amassing in the bone marrow and interfering with normal blood cell developme...
  • Six, to date; more soon. Outpatient bone marrow transplants, that is. Finding new ways to deliver quality care with the greatest benefit is a priority for a patient-centered institution like City of Hope. For example, not every bone marrow transplant patient needs to check into the hospital for treatment. In fa...
  • The best measure of success in the fight against cancer is in lives saved and families intact, in extra days made special simply because they exist. Yuman Fong, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery at City of Hope, understands what precedes that special awareness. When cancer strikes, one minute a person ma...
  • In cancer, expertise matters. So do survival rates, patient safety, patient services and many other factors. City of Hope understands this, as does U.S.News & World Report. The magazine’s 2014-2015 list of best hospitals for cancer once again includes City of Hope, ranking the institution 12 out of 900 elig...
  • At 29, Kommah McDowell was a successful young professional engaged to be married to her best friend. She worked in the financial services sector and kick-boxed to keep in shape and to relax. Then came the diagnosis of triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer, a rare and very aggressive form of breast cancer. ...
  • The well-known drug tamoxifen might not always be the best choice for premenopausal women who have undergone treatment for breast cancer and face a heightened risk of recurrence. A new study suggests that the aromatase inhibitor exemestane, or Aromasin, works slightly better than tamoxifen in preventing cancer ...
  • At age 44, Bridget Hanchette, a mother of three from La Crosse, Wisconsin, was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of malignant brain tumor. The cancer grows and spreads quickly, making it difficult to treat. Most patients with this diagnosis are not given much hope, but Hanchette’s i...
  • Survival rates for childhood cancer have improved tremendously over the past few decades, but postcancer care hasn’t always kept up. More children than ever are now coping with long-term complications and side effects caused by their disease and treatment — one of those being learning difficulties. A new ...
  • When Sheldon Querido, a retired manufacturer’s representative, was diagnosed with bladder cancer, his doctor told him that he’d need to have his bladder removed – and that he’d have to wear an external urine-collection bag for the rest of his life. “My first response was ‘I donR...
  • To stop smoking, two approaches might be better than one. A new study has found that using the medication varenicline, or Chantix – along with nicotine patches – was more effective than the medicine alone in helping people quit. The study, conducted by Stellanbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa, and pub...
  • John Cloer was three months shy of his third birthday in 2004 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. For the next three and a half years, he received chemotherapy at City of Hope, finally obtaining long-term remission. His parents Bill and Gina, along with John and his younger brother Steve, r...
  • News about the risks or benefits of widespread cancer screening seem to arrive daily – 3D mammography for breast cancer, CT scans for lung cancer, PSA tests for prostate cancer and now pelvic exams for some women’s cancers. Missing in the headlines is a reflection of how cancer detection is evolving. Today’s ca...
  • Adults with sickle cell disease soon may have a new treatment option: bone marrow transplants. Children with sickle cell disease have been treated successfully with transplantation of bone marrow, more officially known as hematopoietic stem cells, from other people. But the procedure has been less successful in...