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April 10-16, 2015

Local hospital one of 4 in Florida to earn Cancer Center of Excellence Award
Orlando Business Journal – April 16

This year’s recipients include the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Mayo Clinic Florida, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Florida Health Cancer Center, which includes University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute and UF Health Cancer Center-Orlando Health.

Two of four cancer facilities to receive first-ever state award are in Jacksonville
Jacksonville Business Journal – April 16

The other two recipients are the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Slap shots: Goaltenders see first playoff action
The Tampa Tribune – April 16

As players grow their customary playoff beards, the Lightning will participate in an annual playoff tradition known as the “Beard-a-Thon’’ to raise money for the Moffitt Cancer Center. Fans can support the cause by donating to the team, player and mascot pages or by creating a page of their own at

WMFE (Orlando) – April 16

The UF Health Cancer Center is one of four across the state to get an excellence designation.  Others include: the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Mayo Clinic Florida, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Novel Doublet and Triplet Combo Studies Explode in Melanoma
OncLive – April 16

Weber is the director of the Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center of Excellence (MRCoE) and Skin SPORE at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He served as a program co-chair for the symposium, which Physicians’ Education Resource hosted March 7 in Miami.

Patients With Relapsed or Refractory CLL Who Discontinue Ibrutinib Early Have Poor Outcomes
The ASCO Post – April 15

The “foremost” take-home lesson from this study is “the very poor prognosis and [overall survival] of CLL patients who discontinued the drug regardless of the reason,” according to an accompanying commentary by Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD, and Julio Chavez, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Research aims to reduce health care disparities
Oncology Nurse Advisor – April 15

Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD, scientific director of the Survey Methods Core Facility at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, identified that physicians largely operate under a “don’t ask, don't tell” policy that prohibits open and honest dialogue between doctor and patient about cancer risk.

Moffitt Achieves Nursing Magnet Designation
WFLA 970AM – April 14

Guest: Jane Fusilero, RN, MSN, MBA, NEA-BC

Dr. Komrokji on Optimizing MDS Management
OncLive – April 14
Rami S. Komrokji, MD, clinical director, Hematologic Malignancies, Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses optimizing the management of treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS).

14 Grants Awarded To Researchers Working To Cure Cancer and Tobacco-Related Diseases
Capitol Soup – April 14
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center—five researchers

Gene Variant Linked to Severe Peripheral Neuropathy in Children with ALL Taking Vincristine
Oncology Times – April 14

In an accompanying editorial (JAMA 2015;313:803-804), Howard L. McLeod, PharmD, Medical Director of the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt Cancer Center, wrote that research like the new study is another step toward the emergence of personalized medicine.

Surge in donations could give reprieve to senior clinic
Suncoast News – April 14

The patient was referred to Moffitt Cancer Center, with the clinic nurse and dermatologist paying for his transportation.

Column: Lift prescription restrictions on health professionals
Tampa Bay Times – April 14
Sam Vafadar is a physician assistant in thoracic oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. He wrote this exclusively for the Tampa Bay Times.

Someone You Love
Tampa Bay Times – April 14

Moffitt Cancer Center, Vincent A. Stabile Research Building

A look back at Boston and ahead to Run from the Rays
Sun Sentinel – April 14
The race and a fall fundraiser have totaled $70,000 for research, education, diagnosis, prevention and treatment for four organizations, including the Caridad Center in Boynton Beach and Moffitt Cancer Center that partners with Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

Moffitt To Screen HPV Documentary
Health News Florida – April 13

Her story is one of five being shared by filmmakers Tuesday during a screening of “Someone you Love: The HPV Epidemic” at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Cancer free, but still living with fear
Post-Bulletin – April 13
“People say, ‘You’re finished, right? You're back to normal.’ But, no, that is largely never the case,” said Kristine Donovan, who sits on the board of directors for the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and is a clinical psychologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Therapeutic Targets in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
OncLive – April 11

Panelists: Dan Douer, MD, MSK; Richard M. Harris, MD, Cedars Sinai; Jeffrey Lancet, MD, Moffitt; Mark R. Litzow, MD, Mayo Clinic; Leonard S. Sender, MD, UC Irvine; Raoul Tibes, MD, PhD, Mayo Clinic

Tampa Bay’s Top 100 Workplaces
Tampa Bay Times – April 10

20. Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Hosts Biotech Conference
Tampa Tribune – April 10
Biotech startups working to make advances in cancer treatment and patient care will be spotlighted at Moffitt Cancer Center’s ninth annual Business of Biotech Conference, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in Moffitt’s Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive, Tampa.

El idioma también lucha contra el cancer
CENTRO Tampa – April 10
De acuerdo con Balcomb, quien ahora trabaja como intérprete en el Servicio de Traducción e Interpretación del Moffitt Cancer Center, ser bilingüe es sólo el primer paso para ser intérprete.


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