February 29, 2009

Catch the Rays in action and a free skin cancer screening
Tampa Bay’s 10 – Feb. 29
Moffitt Cancer Center will travel with the Tampa Bay Rays to provide free skin cancer screenings at select Spring Training games during the month of March.

Barbershop talk turns to health forum
WTSP-TV, Tampa Bay’s 10 – Feb. 29
Thanks to a partnership between the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, the Community Health Advocacy Partnership, and the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network, barbers are being armed with lifesaving information.

CMC needs cancer study volunteers
News 14 Carolina – Feb. 29
The Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida is conducting the research. To expand the database, thousands of samples are needed and that's why CMC is asking cancer patients to volunteer to be a part of this study.

Half marathon will be first in Fort Myers history
The News-Press – Feb. 29
Working with the Fort Myers Track Club, Team in Training and the title sponsor, Pemberton and others started work last year on the 13.1-mile race that will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Moffitt Cancer Center.

Chemo Testing
WFLA-TV, News Channel 8 – Feb. 28
A new type of testing allows doctors to determine which breast cancer patients will respond best to chemotherapy.

2 Students Honored With LaSertoma Youth Service Awards
The Ledger – Feb. 28
Harjani devoted 113 hours in four years to the Teen Trendsetter's Reading Mentors Club and volunteered 78 hours in one year to the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Moffitt picks up research partner in Charlotte
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Feb. 27
The Blumenthal Cancer Center at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., is partnering with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in a study that could lead to individualized treatments for specific types of cancer.

Blumenthal-Moffitt partnership for individualised cancer treatment 
PharmaTimes – Feb. 27
The Blumenthal Cancer Center at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte is teaming up with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida for a study that involves collecting tissue samples from more than 2,300 cancer patients over the next five years.

Knights Show Heart At Children's Hospital
The Tampa Tribune – Feb. 27
In addition to their festive costumes, good will and plenty of beads, the krewe brought a stuffed white horse for each patient, a symbol of the horse of St. James Sant' Yago. After visiting the children's hospital, the krewe visited H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, James A. Haley VA Medical Center and Tampa General Hospital.

CMC works on cancer study
Charlotte Business Journal – Feb. 26
The Blumenthal Cancer Center at Carolinas Medical Center is working on a study that could lead to individualized treatments for specific types of cancer. CMC is partnering with the Moffitt Cancer Center of Tampa, Fla., on the project.

Cancer study offers new hope
The Charlotte Observer – Feb. 26
CMC is the first medical center outside Florida to partner with Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center to collect tissue samples from hundreds of thousands of cancer patients.

Screenings designed to save men's lives
St. Petersburg Times – Feb. 26
The event, which is open to the public, offers free screening to men of all races for prostate cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eye problems and HIV/AIDS. Co-sponsors for the event are St. Joseph's Hospital, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and Tampa General Hospital.

Triathletes will compete to help find cure for leukemia
Naples Daily News – Feb. 25
A week later, Walsh was admitted to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for chemotherapy. This past summer, Walsh underwent a bone marrow transplant at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

Peanuts, Cracker Jack and Skin Cancer
The Lakeland Ledger – Feb. 25
In baseball season, Moffitt Cancer Center's thoughts turn to preventing skin cancer. Other people think about beer, food, home runs, but what else would you expect from a cancer center?

Are CT scans dangerous?
ABC Action News – Feb. 25
Dr. Melvyn Tockman, of Moffitt Cancer Center, co-authored a study looking into CT screening for lung cancer in people without symptoms.  He says the CT screenings, “increased the number of lung cancers that we found. 

Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Feb. 25
The veteran ABC News reporter and melanoma survivor is chairman of Moffitt’s Board of Advisors. Spring Swing-Moffitt’s Sun Safety Tour is a partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center and the Rays offering free skin cancer screenings at nine Spring Training games throughout the month of March 2008.

Patient- & Family-Centered Care Improves Florida ICUs
Nursing Spectrum – Feb. 25
Initially, this may take some extra time on the part of the nurse, but it pays off in better communication, trust, and improved safety and quality of care, says Sarah Thirlwell, RN, OCN, CHPN MS, MS(A), a clinical specialist in nursing at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Today's Letters: USF's need for a teaching hospital is genuine
St. Petersburg Times – Feb. 25
Tampa General Hospital and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center have different missions, as well as financial and political agendas. It's no surprise that private affiliates and the Florida Hospital Association should impede USF's growth.

This Week on University Beat: "Arts In Medicine"
WUSF – Feb. 24
The "Arts in Medicine" program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center on USF's Tampa campus brings art and music not only to the Center's clinics and lobbies, but right to a patient's bedside as a way of "nurturing the spirit, offering comfort and inspiring hope."

Unions smell a rat in hiring for Moffitt job
St. Petersburg Times – Feb. 23
People driving by the Moffitt Cancer Center have been seeing two giant inflatable rats lately. There aren't lab experiments. They're a pair of rodents being used as props by two workers unions protesting Moffitt's hiring of a company to do its expansion work.


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