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City of Hope delivers scientific miracles that make lives whole again. We are a world leader in cancer research, treatment and prevention. Here, doctors partner with scientists to transform laboratory breakthroughs into treatments that outsmart cancer, as well as diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Compassion is the heart of our approach. We care for the whole person, not just the body, so your life after cancer can be rich and rewarding. At City of Hope, we combine science with soul to work miracles.

Purple Power

Cancer is a global plague that comes in many forms.  Some can be prevented and some can be treated and cured.  Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer cannot be prevented nor can it be cured.  At best, treatment may prolong life but, sadly, not for long.  75% of those with Stage IV Metastatic Breast cancer perish within the first 4 years after the cancer has metastasized.  In 2016, there will be approximately 250,000 new cases of breast cancer that will kill approximately 40,450.  30% of all of those with breast cancer will have breast cancer that metastasizes and they will die.  Yet, of all of the money raised for breast cancer, only 2% is allocated to Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.  Please help us end this death sentence.

We are Purple Power.  Our organization is dedicated to funding research for treatment and for a cure for Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer.  We are working with City of Hope on a dedicated research project.  Every penny we raise goes towards this research with none used for salaries or administrative fees for Purple Power.  All of our manpower is volunteer and we self-fund any expenses we incur.  Please click on the tabs above to learn more about us.

Analysis of Tumor Microenvironments in Metastatic Breast Cancer:

The purpose of this study is to:
Obtain metastatic/recurrent tumor (cancer) samples
Study the differences between the metastatic/recurrent tumors and matched primary breast tumors
Develop and test new treatments based on these differences

A tumor is made up of lots of different cells, not just cancer cells. These different non-cancer cells help the cancer cells stay alive and grow or divide. Together all of these cells make up what is called the tumor microenvironment. At City of Hope, researchers have been studying how the non-cancer cells help support the cancer cells. There is evidence that how the non-cancer cells work is different between the original tumor and new tumors. Investigators at City of Hope would like to learn more about how the new tumors are different from the original tumors by studying all the cells from a tumor using advanced biology techniques developed at City of Hope. As part of this research, research laboratories at City of Hope plan to develop knowledge and ultimately treatments that can take advantage of the differences between the original tumor and new tumors.