April 17, 2009

Florida Senate votes unanimously to raise tobacco tax $1 a pack
St. Petersburg Times – April 17
"It's remarkable, the spirit of cooperation in the Senate in such difficult economic times," said H. Lee Moffit, lobbyist for the Tampa-based comprehensive cancer center he founded.

Cancer can't weaken couple's love
The Tampa Tribune – April 17
About a month ago, when he began having seizures, doctors at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute found inoperable brain lesions.

Couple faces cancer 
TBO.com – April 17
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Health Events
The Tampa Tribune – April 17
Moffitt Cancer Center's Community Education and Outreach program and the Florida Department of Health will offer free breast and cervical cancer training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at University Area Community Center, 14013 N. 22nd St., Suite A, Tampa.

TBO.com – April 17
Gene Metzger faces losing a long-term partner to cancer for the second time.

Saturday's Phil Phest honors Phillip Bryant and raises money for skin cancer research
St. Petersburg Times – April 17
After tests showed the disease had spread to Bryant's lymph nodes, he underwent radical surgery at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Vitale makes pitch for Moffitt 
The Tampa Tribune – April 17
Vitale is promoting the Florida Bank Miles for Moffitt event, a 5-mile, 5-kilometer and 1-mile walk-run May 9 at the USF Sun Dome.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes
St. Petersburg Times – April 17
He was there supporting the Miles for Moffitt race with several cancer survivors — and participants of the road/walk race — behind him as he made two throws, a one-hopper and high fastball, to RHP Chad Bradford.

Painkiller shortage triggers concern
Health News Florida – April 17
“It’s probably going to get worse,” said pharmacist David Craig at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. “We deal with this every day.”

Don't get spooked by the chickens
Seminole Voice – April 17
There's going to be a great day of golf to raise funds for the Moffitt Cancer Center on Friday, April 24, at Eagle Creek Golf Club, 10350 Emerson Lake Blvd., Orlando.

Yacht clubbers support Moffitt Cancer Center
St. Petersburg Times – April 17
Timmy Woods and the witty, wooden handbags she designs helped raise $1,500 for the Center for Women's Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Hillsborough County Storytelling Festival to feature author Donald Davis
St. Petersburg Times – April 17
A free education and support program for family cancer caregivers will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, 12902 Magnolia Drive.

Acupuncture helps cancer patients 
ABC Action News – April 16

Moffitt Cancer Center is using acupuncture as part of its cancer treatment plan for many patients.

Marshall Scientist Receives Award for Lung Cancer Research
WOWK, Channel 13 (W. Virginia) – April 16
Originally from India, she came to Marshall after completing postdoctoral fellowships at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Want to stop smoking? You've got options
The Tampa Tribune – April 16
There is no "right" way to quit smoking, says Thomas Brandon, a University of South Florida professor of psychology and oncologic sciences and director of the Tobacco Research & Intervention Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

Faith keeps Northam going despite prostate cancer
Bradford County Telegraph – April 16
During the time Northam traveled to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, which began some six or seven years after his diagnosis, he was told by one of the doctors there he had already outlived his prognosis.

Morton Plant Mease to Offer Free Skin Cancer Screening for Melanoma 
Clearwater Gazette – April 16-23
Physicians and nurse practitioners from Morton Plant Mease Health Care and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will conduct free skin cancer screenings in support of the 13th Annual Melanoma Monday, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and encourage early detection of skin cancers.

Miles for Moffitt 
ABC Action News – April 16
Two great events to benefit cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Running to Raise Money for Cancer
10 Connects – April 15
Five people are involved in this five-day run, which will raise over $20,000 to be split between Moffitt and a British research center.

Cervical cancer vaccine may protect boys too
WFIE-TV (Evansville, Ind.) – April 15
"We're so focused on HPV causing cervical cancer that most of us just haven't had the chance to recognize that in fact this infection causes cancer in men," Dr. Giuliano, a cancer epidemiologist at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, FL said.

Komen for the Cure funds Moffitt Cancer Center outreach programs
Tampa Bay Business Journal – April 15
The Florida Suncoast Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure awarded the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute three grants totaling $142,192 for community outreach programs.

Free health fair Saturday
The Tampa Tribune – April 15
It is sponsored by the Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network and the mission, which offers a Spanish-language Mass and community assistance.

Moffitt Cancer Center researcher to discuss genetic testing for cancer
University of Florida News – April 14
Moffitt Cancer Center researcher Susan Vadaparampil will discuss the public health perspective of genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer as part of the annual D.K. Stanley Lecture at the University of Florida.

For all Floridians' sake, raise tax on cigarettes
St. Petersburg Times – April 14
William S. Dalton, president, CEO and director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

April 2009
Tampa Bay Illustrated – April 13
Magnolia Ball, black-tie gala with cocktails, dinner, auction and live entertainment benefiting the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, A La Carte Event Pavilion, Tampa ($1,000; tables from $8,500) (813-745-4860, moffitt.org)

Youth group performs Return to Forbidden Planet to help Moffitt
CnewsPubs.com – April 13
An energetic youth theater group is performing Return to The Forbidden Planet in Lutz at The Acting Studio which is putting on a play with donations going to the Moffitt Cancer Center.

High costs of smoking
The Tampa Tribune – April 13
William S. Dalton, M.D., president, CEO and center director, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center; Don Evans, CEO, Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital …

Funding Moffitt Center will kick-start economy
The Tampa Tribune – April 13
By anyone's reckoning, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is one of the top cancer hospitals in the country, and today it is on the verge of becoming a major player in health care on an international scale.

Chick giveaway draws a flock, some squawks
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – April 12
When they finished around 1:30 p.m., they had given away 600 chicks to 130 people who donated to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Florida.

Plan to give away chicks causes fuss
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – April 11
For a donation to the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Florida, he’ll give away a chick or two.