City of Hope National Medical Center
Robert Figlin, M.D., F.A.C.P., Acting Director
1500 East Duarte Road
Duarte, California 91010-3000
Google map of City of HOPE location
Tel: (626) 256-HOPE (4673)
Fax: (626) 930-5394
Founded in 1913, the City of Hope National Medical Center, originally a tuberculosis treatment center, is today one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.
A founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope has, since those early days, grown to 300 physicians, scientists and researchers and more than 2,500 employees.
As a major, independent, non-profit research, educational and treatment facility, City of Hope is advancing the fight against cancer, diabetes, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases on its 112-acre campus by combining state-of-the-art research facilities with comprehensive treatment facilities.
In 2006, it had 158 licensed beds, more than half of which were dedicated to bone marrow transplant patients. A pioneer in the field of bone marrow transplantation, City of Hope has performed more than 8,000 bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
The remaining beds, and outpatient facilities, are devoted to clinical trials. On average, 30 to 40 percent of City of Hope‘s patients are enlisted in clinical trials at any one time, and these trials have led to such valuable drug discoveries as Herceptin for breast cancer therapy, Rituxan (for B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia) and Avastin, used to treat various cancers including colon and lung cancer.
From its main building, the Helford Clinical Research Hospital, City of Hope provides cutting-edge facilities for both patient care and collaborative research. This 347,000 square foot building contains one of the largest suites in the United States for hematopoietic cell transplantation, or HCT. These cells, which give rise to all the blood cell types, are enabling great advances in treating malignancies, leukemia, blood disorders and some immune system deficiencies.
City of Hope‘s business model, which allows for rapid translation of innovative cures from a research setting to a clinical one, takes place across a complex web of buildings, from the Helford Hospital to the newly opened Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Cancer Immunotherapeutics and Tumor Immunology, to the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, and will soon include the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center which integrates treatment with patient and family support.