November 13, 2009

Pain From Breast Cancer Treatment Can Linger For Years, Study Finds
Medical News Today – Nov. 13
In an accompanying editorial, Loretta Loftus, a senior member of the breast cancer program at the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, wrote, "This should alert clinicians who are caring for these patients to pay more attention to those who are in the high risk groups for pain" (Caryn Rabin, New York Times, 11/10).

Help develop a new cancer screening test
ABC Action News – Nov. 13
… Bill Jacobs has spent the last three years coming to Moffitt Cancer Center. “It's really pretty simple.  It's painless." …

Choosing a hospital is a tough task
Bradenton Herald – Nov. 13
… To the north, All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa as well as two veterans hospitals …

Pain From Breast Cancer Treatment Can Linger For Years, Study Finds
Medical News Today – Nov. 13
… In an accompanying editorial, Loretta Loftus, a senior member of the breast cancer program at the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, wrote, "This should alert clinicians who are …

Even in death, child fulfills wish to save lives
The Tampa Tribune – Nov. 12
"Someone told me that you may have given his heart to the future president of the United States," recalls Natalie, a systems specialist who works at Moffitt Cancer Center.

'I felt I needed to do something'
The Tampa Tribune – Nov. 12
When I was initially diagnosed with leukemia in February 2006, my doctor began preparing me to spend the next few months undergoing intensive chemotherapy at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

Weight a factor in cancer survival
The Gainesville Sun – Nov. 12 (This story originally was published in the St. Petersburg Times on Oct. 7.)
"We don't fully understand the mechanism by which obesity affects cancer risk yet," said Dr. Nagi Kumar, director of nutrition research at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. "There are many theories."

Pain often persists years after breast surgery
China Daily – Nov. 11 (This same story was published in People’s Daily Online.)
In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Loretta S. Loftus and Dr. Christine Laronga, from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, comment that the current findings "should prove helpful in the search for achieving effective relief of pain after breast cancer surgery."

Local political veteran warns of the breast cancer that mammograms don't detect
St. Petersburg Times – Nov. 11
"Invasive lobular carcinoma is about 10 to 15 percent of the breast cancers that we treat," said Dr. Nazanin Khakpour, a breast surgical oncologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, who is not one of Platt's physicians.

Pain Persists for Years After Breast Cancer Surgery
ABC News – Nov. 11
Dr. Loretta Loftus and Dr. Christine Laronga, both of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., wrote that recognizing the predictors may help doctors start therapy earlier.

Study Says Breast Cancer Pain Can Last For Years 
Ozarks First – Nov. 11
Loretta Loftus from Tampa's H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, co-wrote an accompanying editorial to the study.

'Optical biopsy' for breast cancer tested
United Press International – Nov. 11
Jiang's newest apparatus is undergoing tests at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Chronic pain symptoms reported two to three years after breast cancer treatment
HemOnc Today – Nov. 11
“Chronic pain after breast cancer surgery is an important clinical issue that demands careful attention,” Loretta S. Loftus, MD, MBA, and Christine Laronga, MD, of the Don and Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program in the department of women’s oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., wrote in an accompanying editorial.

Chronic pain remains after breast cancer treatment
The Baltimore Sun – Nov. 11
The issue demands more attention, according to an accompanying editorial, from doctors from the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Breast Cancer Surgery Escorts Persistent Pain 
TopNews New Zealand – Nov. 11
It's fairly common, though pretty variable in its intensity", says Loretta Loftus, a professor of medicine and oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Persistent Pain Common For Many Women 2 To 3 Years After Breast Cancer Treatment
redOrbit – Nov. 11
In an accompanying editorial, Loretta S. Loftus, M.D., M.B.A., and Christine Laronga, M.D., of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, write regarding the importance of addressing pain after surgery.

Chronic Pain Common After Breast CA Surgery
MedPage Today – Nov. 10 (This same story was published on ABC News.)
Loretta S. Loftus, MD, MBA, and Christine Laronga, MD, both of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., wrote that recognizing the predictors may help doctors start therapy earlier.

Chronic Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery
WebMD – Nov. 10
Breast cancer specialist Loretta S. Loftus, MD, MBA, of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., tells WebMD that more and more surgeons are opting for sentinel node dissection because recovery time is much shorter and there is less chance of nerve damage.

Breast cancer pain can last for years
USA Today – Nov. 10 (This same story was published on First Coast News of Jacksonville, and published in Aetna InteliHealth and American Scientist.)
Fortunately, most breast cancer patients can ease their symptoms with over-the-counter pain relievers, says Loretta Loftus of Tampa's H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, who co-wrote an accompanying editorial.

Prognosis: Lingering Pain After Surgery for Breast Cancer 
The New York Times – Nov. 10

Pain often persists years after breast surgery
Reuters Health – Nov. 10 (This same story was published on ABC News.)
In an accompanying editorial, Dr. Loretta S. Loftus and Dr. Christine Laronga, from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, comment that the current findings "should prove helpful in the search for achieving effective relief of pain after breast cancer surgery."

Evaluating Patients With Chronic Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery
The Journal of the American Medical Association – Nov. 10
Author Affiliations: Don and Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program, Department of Women's Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.

Pain Lingers More Than 2 Years After Breast Cancer Treatment Ends
U.S. News & World Report “On Women” blog – Nov. 10 (This same story was published on Yahoo! News.)
"This study isn't saying to change treatment recommendations based on whether or not a certain treatment is likely to be associated with pain," says Loretta Loftus, a professor of medicine and oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, who cowrote an editorial that accompanied the study.

Woman's own immune system could help battle breast cancer 
WTSP 10 Connects – Nov. 10
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer center are working on a new vaccine that may help women fight breast cancer, women with metastatic breast cancer.

RESEARCHER SPOTLIGHT: Robert J. Gillies, PhD
Tampa Bay Medical News – Nov. 10
"My mother had gone back to school to get her teaching certificate, and I'd sit beside her while she studied, looking at pictures in her biology book," said Gillies, vice chair of radiology research, and director of Molecular & Functional Imaging at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Personalized treatment for cancer
Bay News 9 – Nov. 9
Researchers at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center are collecting hundreds of thousands of tumors, tissue samples, and fluid from cancer patients.

Medical People
The Lakeland Ledger – Nov. 9
Dr. Charles Williams, oncologist/hematologist from Moffitt Cancer Center, also will be speaking.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
TCPalm.com – Nov. 9
I was sent to a lung specialist and after the preliminary tests and a lung biopsy, I was referred to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Inside the Center for Cancer Care & Research
YouTube – Nov. 9
Additionally, to strengthen our services, provide specialized treatment and access to the most advanced clinical trials, we have formed an affiliation with the world-renowned H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, bringing a new dimension of cancer care to Polk County.

The Caring and Sharing Villagers group dedicated to helping local hospitals 
The Villages Daily Sun – Nov. 8
Also scheduled to attend the symposium is William Dalton, president of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.

New local group targets job creation
The Tampa Tribune – Nov. 7
And the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, which had outgrown its campus and was considering expansion elsewhere, but continues to grow in Hillsborough.

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