Moffitt in the News - Media Coverage of Moffitt Cancer Center

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March 20-26, 2015


La ciencia contra el cancer
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¿Cuánto se ha avanzado en la comprensión y tratamiento del cáncer en los últimos 10 años? “Entendemos mejor el cáncer al nivel celular, contamos con nuevos métodos para tratar y prevenir ciertos tipos de cancer y hemos vislumbrado el camino hacia nuevas terapias,” dice John L. Cleveland, director adjunto de ciencia básica del Centro Oncológico Moffitt, en Tampa, Florida.

Lawmakers Back New Specialty Tags, Higher Requirements
The News Service of Florida – March 26

Of seven additional tags currently available for pre-sale, only the Moffitt Cancer Center, which went on sale Oct. 1, has topped the 1,000 mark.

Another specialty license plate hits Florida’s roads
Orlando Sentinel – March 26

Florida’s arsenal of specialty tags has grown by one with the addition of the Moffitt Cancer Center license plate. The plate, one of four new ones approved by the 2014 Legislature, met its 1,000-preorder requirement earlier this year and has been shipped to tag agencies.

Cancer hospital payments too high, Government Accountability Office report says
Healthcare Finance – March 26

Among the cancer hospitals examined by the GAO are the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

ONLINE FIRST: Gene Variant Linked to Peripheral Neuropathy in Children with ALL Taking Vincristine
Oncology Times – March 26

In an accompanying editorial (JAMA 2015;313:803-804), Howard L. McLeod, PharmD, Medical Director of the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at the Moffitt Cancer Center, wrote that research like the new study is another step toward the emergence of personalized medicine. “Genetic variants, gene expression, and other patient factors allow for more objective selection of therapeutic regimens, individualized dosing of drugs, and the possibility of avoiding drug toxicity,” he said.

Bankers Financial Corp.’s Torra named overall winner for Top Corporate Counsel Awards 2015
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 26

Other winners are: Health care category: T. Cole Peterson, vice president/deputy general counsel, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research

New PHSC president’s goal: nation’s top community college award
Tampa Bay Times – March 26

Strategic partnerships with organizations such as Moffitt Cancer Center can help as well, he added, by providing career and training opportunities beyond what exists in neighborhoods.

Cancer hospital payments too high, Government Accountability Office report says
Healthcare Finance – March 26

Among the cancer hospitals examined by the GAO are the Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

STRESS RELIEVERS & ANOREXIA AS DANGEROUS AS EVER
Senior Voice America – March 26

Colorectal cancer is a disease that does not have to be deadly. Find out more about it when Dr. Cynthia Harris of Moffitt Cancer Center drops by.

Local Brewers Prepare to Shave It All Off for a Cure
Patch.com – March 25

Sponsors of this year’s Cut for a Cure include Veredus/HAYS Recruiting, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Sport Clips Haircuts, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Rays and Buccaneers, Moffitt Cancer Center and USAmeribank.

Miles for Moffitt: Run with the 10 News Team!
WTSP, 10 News – March 24

Folks from 10 News are gearing up for Miles for Moffitt and we’d love for you to join us. You can run or walk on Saturday, May 9th and help raise money for cancer research.

Without donations, CARES health clinic could close, CEO says
The Suncoast News – March 24

While the senior clinic was not equipped to provide the needed treatment, a clinic nurse lined up an appointment with a local dermatologist for a biopsy. The patient was referred to Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, with the clinic nurse and dermatologist paying for his transportation.

Dr. Bijal Shah on Bortezomib's Impact on Treatment of MCL
OncLive – March 24

Bijal D. Shah, MD, medical oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the impact of the approval of frontline bortezomib for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

Angelina Jolie-Pitt removes ovaries, fallopian tubes to prevent cancer
ABC Action News – March 24

Barton with Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa says celebrity stories have increased their cancer screenings to a few thousand a year.

Later-Line PD-1 Inhibitor Improves Melanoma Outcomes
Cancer Network – March 23

“Findings from our study show that nivolumab leads to clinically meaningful improvements in the proportion of patients achieving an objective response and provide a manageable safety profile when compared with chemotherapy,” wrote Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, and colleagues. “Nivolumab can now be considered as a new treatment option for patients that have progressed after ipilimumab, or a BRAF inhibitor and ipilimumab if their melanoma is BRAF V600–mutated.”

Dr. Weber on Molecular Testing in Melanoma
OncLive – March 23

Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD, a senior member at the Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the significance of molecular testing for patients with melanoma and when testing should occur.

Why the incoming PHSC president is adding ‘private partnerships’ to the top of his summer to-do list
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 23

Partnerships the school has already established include working with Moffitt Cancer Center to decrease health care disparities, he said.

UF Health honored as cancer ‘center of excellence’
Ocala.com – March 23

The initial group also included the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Mayo Clinic Florida, and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Mayo Clinic, UF Proton Therapy earn 'Cancer Center of Excellence' title
The Florida Times-Union “PolitiJax” blog – March 23

Other centers also among the first to earn this designation are H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and two other facilities under the UF Health Cancer Center umbrella: Shands Hospital in Gainesville and the UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health.

Now cancer-free, but still living with fear
Orlando Sentinel – March 21

“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. “Maybe [the survivors] have lost a step cognitively or physically. That diagnosis has a profound impact and it may diminish over time as you move farther away from diagnosis, but it's always there.”

Trigaux: 10 Tampa Bay projects we can’t afford to screw up
Tampa Bay Times – March 20

Now comes former Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, the Optimist Kid heading the Tampa Innovation Alliance. His goal, with the blessing and presumably some capital support of nearby giants USF, Moffitt Cancer Center, University Community Hospital and Busch Gardens, is to figure out how to find the resources and passions to upgrade this struggling area.

USF Health, Florida Orthopaedic Institute sign affiliation agreement
Orthopedics Today – March 20

The agreement does not affect residency programs at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, Shriner’s Hospital and All Children’s Hospital, where USF full-time faculty members or hospital medical staff will continue to supervise and train residents and fellows.

Florida Hospital parent settles $5.4M Medicare dispute
Business Observer – March 20

Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corp. will pay $5.4 million — including nearly $1.1 million to an oncologist now working at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa — to resolve a complaint that patients were not receiving the direct supervision by radiation oncologists required by Medicare and Tricare, the program managed by the U.S. Department of Defense, a release states.

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