What we do

City of Hope is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses. Our mission is to transform the future of health care by turning science into a practical benefit, hope into reality.

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What diversity means to us

Diversity and Inclusion means a better place for our patients and employees. Our commitment to D&I creates an environment where different perspectives lead to innovation. This innovation can better help us make hope a reality for our patients.

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Our core values are

Compassion, Service with a Sense of Urgency, Integrity, Intellectual Curiosity, Excellence and Collaboration.

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Two groundbreaking drugs could combat COVID-19 and its deadliest symptoms

03/06/2020 06:00am | 26 views

By Maxine Nunes

Two existing drugs, created by a City of Hope scientist using advanced genomic technology, are being tested for their potential to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. One could be used to prevent the novel coronavirus infection, the other to stop the “cytokine storm,” an immune system overreaction that causes most COVID deaths. Both drugs were developed by John J. Rossi, Ph. D., Lidow Family Research Chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at City of Hope, and his longtime collaborator Nagy A. Habib, M.D., of Imperial College, London. These drugs are at the forefront of an exciting new class of medications called small activating RNAs, which transmit disease-fighting instructions to a part of the gene called a transcriptome, which then carries them out. “It’s a whole new concept of dealing with viruses,” said Rossi, “an RNA molecule that acts like an antibody.”

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City of Hope to begin CIRM-funded coronavirus study

22/05/2020 06:00am | 196 views

By Samantha Bonar

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) awarded $750,000 to City of Hope’s John Zaia, M.D., for a clinical study on the use of blood plasma as a potential treatment for COVID-19. CIRM had approved emergency funding for COVID-19 research last month.  Zaia, program director of the CIRM-funded City of Hope Alpha Stem Cell Clinic, will conduct the study to administer blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat those with the virus.

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COVID-19, a cold or the flu? How to tell the difference

17/05/2020 06:00am | 135 views

As California and many other states have taken extreme measures to halt the spread of COVID-19, many people are still finding themselves falling ill, with symptoms ranging from coughs and sore throats to stomach problems and fevers. As an illness comes on, the worry of having contracted COVID-19 looms large.

So how do you know if what you or a loved one has contracted is simply the common cold or flu, as opposed to the more dangerous COVID-19 virus? City of Hope's Jana Dickter, M.D., associate clinical professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, helps us understand how to tell the difference, when to stay home and when to seek medical help.
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City of Hope is Actively Seeking Diverse Students for its Ph.D. Program in Biological Sciences

22/05/2017 06:00am | 4872 views

What do you want to be when you grow up? What’s your major? Those two common questions shape much of how we see our careers—first as an identity (a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher), then through the practical lens of the path that will get us from school to a good-paying job. 

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What I Learned: 6 Questions For Lung Cancer Patient Emily Bennett Taylor

16/04/2016 06:00am | 6709 views

Five City of Hope patients who have journeyed through cancer will welcome 2016 atop City of Hope's Tournament of Roses Parade float on Jan. 1. The float’s theme, "The Miracle of Science with Soul," adds a deeper dimension to the parade theme of "Find your Adventure."

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About the company

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City of Hope

Hospital and Cancer Research Center
Duarte, CA

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute. Our role as leaders in patient care, basic and clinical research, and the translation of science into tangible benefit is widely acknowledged.

Our community includes research associates, scientists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, graduate students, fundraising specialists, marketing professionals, volunteers and an extensive support staff. We are united by our desire to find cures, save lives and transform the future of health. Every discovery we make and every new treatment we create gives people the chance to live longer, better and more fully.

City of Hope continues to be a pioneer of patient centered care and remains committed to its tradition of exceptional care for patients, families and communities. Each day, we live out our credo:

"There is no profit in curing the body, if, in the process, we destroy the soul."​