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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.
 
Fall 2014 issue Summer 2014 issue Fall 2013 issue
eHope
 
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.


HopeCONNECTION

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.
 
 
Accomplished philanthropic leader Kristin Bertell is joining City of Hope in the role of chief philanthropy officer. Currently associate vice chancellor of health sciences development at UC San Diego, Bertell will provide executive and strategic oversight for all aspects of City of Hope’s philanthropic efforts as the cancer treatment center and biomedical research institution enters a new era of growth and development.
 
 
A new standard of care for HIV-associated lymphoma, promising news for patients with relapsing or treatment-resistant lymphoma, and immunotherapy approaches to treating hematologic cancers are among the breakthroughs City of Hope scientists will share at the American Society of Hematology meeting.
 
 
Results from a multicenter clinical trial could knock down barriers to autologous stem cell transplants for patients with HIV-associated lymphoma, currently the standard of care for some non-HIV infected patients.
 
 
On Jan. 1, for the 42nd year, cancer research and treatment center City of Hope will participate in the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade. This year, they’ll be joined by five families celebrating their futures – futures they wouldn’t have had without City of Hope.
 
 
City of Hope has again gained recognition for its excellence in quality care by perhaps the most meaningful measure of all: patient satisfaction. Positive patient feedback has earned City of Hope its sixth consecutive Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award.
 
 
Physicians and scientists at the Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute are using T cell therapy against blood cancers and other diseases.
 
 
A new vaccine strategy can potentially prevent a viral infection that causes 5,000 babies yearly to be born with permanent disabilities.
 
 
A new agreement between City of Hope and California Institute of Technology will foster greater collaboration between some of the most innovative thinkers in technology, medicine and science.
 
 
City of Hope continues its longstanding commitment to combating diabetes, a leading national and global health threat, with a $60 million investment to expand basic and translational research efforts through its new Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute.
 
 
Identifying cures for currently incurable diseases and providing patients safe, fast, and potentially life-saving treatments is the focus of City of Hope’s new Alpha Clinic for Cell Therapy and Innovation (ACT-I).
 
 
Even with the best possible management, type 1 diabetes negatively impacts health, lifespan and quality of life for the millions of people worldwide who have the disease.  Two City of Hope researchers working to change that bleak outlook have recently received some significant help from the National Institutes of Health. Together, they’ve been awarded two grants totaling nearly $7.5 million to support their research into type 1 diabetes.
 
 
Cancers of the blood and immune system are considered to be among the most difficult-to-treat cancers.  A world leader in the treatment of blood cancers, City of Hope is now launching an institute specifically focused on researching and treating lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma, as well as other serious blood and bone marrow diseases.
 
 
City of Hope announces two important developments in the leadership team of its world-renowned Comprehensive Cancer Center: Linda Malkas, Ph.D., will expand her role as deputy director of basic research, and Matthew Ruchin, formerly of Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, will join City of Hope’s center as its associate director.
 
 
Cancer patients who are participating in early-stage clinical trials need extra emotional and physical support due to their additional stress and often unique symptoms.  Now an effort by researchers at City of Hope to create a model for such support has received a $6.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
 
 
Nationally respected marketing, branding and management expert Lisa Stockmon is joining City of Hope in the new role of chief marketing and communications officer. Stockmon will provide the overall strategic leadership for City of Hope marketing and communications initiatives as the cancer treatment center and biomedical research institution enters a new era of growth and development.
 
 
City of Hope and Wilshire Oncology Medical Group have reached an agreement in which Wilshire physicians will join City of Hope Medical Group, delivering care to patients through City of Hope’s new community practice sites in Glendora, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, West Covina and Corona.
 
 
A $2.5 million gift from the Panda Charitable Foundation will help launch the Program in Natural Therapies at City of Hope, helping researchers investigate the potential of foods and other plant-based ingredients to fight disease.
 
 
Specialized high school educational programs that fast-track students to jobs by providing college-level training and career readiness are heralded as the next revolution in education.
 
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.
 
 
 

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.
 
MEDICINE:
 
BREAST AND WOMEN’S CANCERS:

GASTROINTESTINAL CANCERS:

  • 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
     
HEMATOLOGY:
  • 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
 
LUNG CANCER:
 
ONCOLOGY:
  • 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
 
PROSTATE CANCER:

RESEARCH:
 
BASIC SCIENCE:
  • 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
 
DIABETES:
  • Raynald Samoa, M.D.: Endocrinologist specializing in obesity, childhood obesity.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 65208; rsamoa@coh.org
 
HIV/AIDS:
 
VACCINES:
 

City of Hope Radio Podcasts

From lung cancer screening to sophisticated research and technology discoveries, here you will find valuable cancer health information presented by City of Hope cancer experts.
 
 
 

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.
 
 

News and Media

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.
 
Fall 2014 issue Summer 2014 issue Fall 2013 issue
eHope
 
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.


HopeCONNECTION

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

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.
 
 
Accomplished philanthropic leader Kristin Bertell is joining City of Hope in the role of chief philanthropy officer. Currently associate vice chancellor of health sciences development at UC San Diego, Bertell will provide executive and strategic oversight for all aspects of City of Hope’s philanthropic efforts as the cancer treatment center and biomedical research institution enters a new era of growth and development.
 
 
A new standard of care for HIV-associated lymphoma, promising news for patients with relapsing or treatment-resistant lymphoma, and immunotherapy approaches to treating hematologic cancers are among the breakthroughs City of Hope scientists will share at the American Society of Hematology meeting.
 
 
Results from a multicenter clinical trial could knock down barriers to autologous stem cell transplants for patients with HIV-associated lymphoma, currently the standard of care for some non-HIV infected patients.
 
 
On Jan. 1, for the 42nd year, cancer research and treatment center City of Hope will participate in the 126th Tournament of Roses Parade. This year, they’ll be joined by five families celebrating their futures – futures they wouldn’t have had without City of Hope.
 
 
City of Hope has again gained recognition for its excellence in quality care by perhaps the most meaningful measure of all: patient satisfaction. Positive patient feedback has earned City of Hope its sixth consecutive Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award.
 
 
Physicians and scientists at the Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute are using T cell therapy against blood cancers and other diseases.
 
 
A new vaccine strategy can potentially prevent a viral infection that causes 5,000 babies yearly to be born with permanent disabilities.
 
 
A new agreement between City of Hope and California Institute of Technology will foster greater collaboration between some of the most innovative thinkers in technology, medicine and science.
 
 
City of Hope continues its longstanding commitment to combating diabetes, a leading national and global health threat, with a $60 million investment to expand basic and translational research efforts through its new Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute.
 
 
Identifying cures for currently incurable diseases and providing patients safe, fast, and potentially life-saving treatments is the focus of City of Hope’s new Alpha Clinic for Cell Therapy and Innovation (ACT-I).
 
 
Even with the best possible management, type 1 diabetes negatively impacts health, lifespan and quality of life for the millions of people worldwide who have the disease.  Two City of Hope researchers working to change that bleak outlook have recently received some significant help from the National Institutes of Health. Together, they’ve been awarded two grants totaling nearly $7.5 million to support their research into type 1 diabetes.
 
 
Cancers of the blood and immune system are considered to be among the most difficult-to-treat cancers.  A world leader in the treatment of blood cancers, City of Hope is now launching an institute specifically focused on researching and treating lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma, as well as other serious blood and bone marrow diseases.
 
 
City of Hope announces two important developments in the leadership team of its world-renowned Comprehensive Cancer Center: Linda Malkas, Ph.D., will expand her role as deputy director of basic research, and Matthew Ruchin, formerly of Northwestern University’s Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, will join City of Hope’s center as its associate director.
 
 
Cancer patients who are participating in early-stage clinical trials need extra emotional and physical support due to their additional stress and often unique symptoms.  Now an effort by researchers at City of Hope to create a model for such support has received a $6.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.
 
 
Nationally respected marketing, branding and management expert Lisa Stockmon is joining City of Hope in the new role of chief marketing and communications officer. Stockmon will provide the overall strategic leadership for City of Hope marketing and communications initiatives as the cancer treatment center and biomedical research institution enters a new era of growth and development.
 
 
City of Hope and Wilshire Oncology Medical Group have reached an agreement in which Wilshire physicians will join City of Hope Medical Group, delivering care to patients through City of Hope’s new community practice sites in Glendora, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, West Covina and Corona.
 
 
A $2.5 million gift from the Panda Charitable Foundation will help launch the Program in Natural Therapies at City of Hope, helping researchers investigate the potential of foods and other plant-based ingredients to fight disease.
 
 
Specialized high school educational programs that fast-track students to jobs by providing college-level training and career readiness are heralded as the next revolution in education.
 
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.
 
 
 

Experts Directory

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.
 
MEDICINE:
 
BREAST AND WOMEN’S CANCERS:

GASTROINTESTINAL CANCERS:

  • 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
     
HEMATOLOGY:
  • 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
 
LUNG CANCER:
 
ONCOLOGY:
  • 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
 
PROSTATE CANCER:

RESEARCH:
 
BASIC SCIENCE:
  • 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
 
DIABETES:
  • Raynald Samoa, M.D.: Endocrinologist specializing in obesity, childhood obesity.
  • 626-256-4673, Ext. 65208; rsamoa@coh.org
 
HIV/AIDS:
 
VACCINES:
 

City of Hope Radio

City of Hope Radio Podcasts

From lung cancer screening to sophisticated research and technology discoveries, here you will find valuable cancer health information presented by City of Hope cancer experts.
 
 
 

Media Relations

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.
 
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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.
 
 
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Introduction to City of Hope
For the 11th year, U.S.News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.

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NEWS & UPDATES
  • Cancer cells are voracious eaters. Like a swarm of locusts, they devour every edible tidbit they can find. But unlike locusts, when the food is gone, cancer cells can’t just move on to the next horn o’ plenty. They have to survive until more food shows up — and they do. Mei Kong, Ph.D., assistant […]
  • On Jan. 1, 2015, six City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome the new year with their loved ones atop City of Hope’s Tournament of Roses Parade float. The theme of the float is “Made Possible by HOPE.” The theme of the parade is “Inspiring Stories.” Repr...
  • When 25-year-old Angelina Mattos was diagnosed with Stage 4 oral cancer earlier this year, she learned that her only hope of survival was through the removal of her tongue, a surgery that leaves people without the ability to talk or eat normally, sometimes permanently ending their ability to speak. After hearin...
  • Two years ago, Joselyn Miller and her family sat together as stem cells from her brother’s bone marrow were infused into her – a precious gift of life that the family is excited to have the chance to pass to another patient in need. Today, the stem cell recipient is healthy. Her 23-year-old son Rex, who […...
  • Even as the overall rate of oral cancers in the United States steadily declines, the rate of tongue cancer is increasing — especially among white females ages 18 to 44. An oral cancer diagnosis, although rare, is serious. Only half of the people diagnosed with oral cancer are still alive after five years, accor...
  • Sometimes cancer found in the lungs is not lung cancer at all. It can be another type of cancer that originated elsewhere in the body and spread, or metastasized, to the lungs through the bloodstream or lymphatic system. These tumors are called lung metastases, or metastatic cancer to the lungs, and are not the...
  • When it comes to research into the treatment of hematologic cancers, City of Hope scientists stand out. One study that  they presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology suggests a new standard of care for HIV-associated lymphoma, another offers promise for the treatment of re...
  • Patients with HIV-associated lymphoma may soon have increased access to the current standard of care for some non-HIV infected patients – autologous stem cell transplants. Impressive new data, presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in San Francisco, indicate that HIV-...
  • On Jan. 1, 2015, six City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome the new year with their loved ones atop City of Hope’s Tournament of Roses Parade float. The theme of the float is “Made Possible by HOPE.” The theme of the Rose Parade is “Inspiring Stories.”...
  • The holidays can create an overwhelming urge to give to people in need — especially to sick children and families spending the holidays in a hospital room. That’s a good thing. Holiday donations of toys and gifts can bolster the spirits, and improve the lives, of people affected by illness, and hospitals ...
  • On Jan. 1, 2015, six City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome the new year with their loved ones atop City of Hope’s Tournament of Roses Parade float. The theme of the float is “Made Possible by HOPE.” The theme of the parade is “Inspiring Stories.” Here...
  • Cancer has a way of “talking” to the immune system and corrupting it to work on its own behalf instead of defending the body. Blocking this communication would allow the immune system to see cancer cells for what they are – something to be fought off – and stop them from growing. A breakthrough Scientists [R...
  • On Jan. 1, 2015, six City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome the new year with their loved ones atop City of Hope’s Tournament of Roses Parade float. The theme of the float is “Made Possible by HOPE.” The theme of the parade is “Inspiring Stories.” By V...
  • On Jan. 1, 2015, six City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome the new year with their loved ones atop City of Hope’s Tournament of Roses Parade float. The theme of the float is “Made Possible by HOPE.” The theme of the parade is “Inspiring Stories.” The ...
  • On Jan. 1, 2015, six City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome the new year with their loved ones atop City of Hope’s Tournament of Roses Parade float. The theme of the float is “Made Possible by HOPE.” The theme of the parade is “Inspiring Stories.” In 2...