August 27, 2010

A Times editorial: Moffitt works quickly to regain trust
St. Petersburg Times – Aug. 27
It is impossible, in large institutions, to anticipate every potential liability, as H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center recently learned when a renegade employee was found to have improperly enrolled as many as 492 patients in a cancer research study by forging their signatures on consent forms.

Persistence pays off for USF Bulls linebacker Donte Spires
St. Petersburg Times – Aug. 27
He worked 50, even 55 hours a week, bouncing from a construction job to shifts as a valet at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

The Postdoc Experience: Taking A Long Term View
Science Careers Magazine – Aug. 27
The importance of funding hit home for Virna Dapic when she was doing a postdoc at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

"Got a Minute?" Play Festival ~ Friday – Sunday at The Players Theatre
Sarasota Herald-Tribune “Explore Your Sarasota” blog – Aug. 27
Proceeds will benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center foundation.

Moffitt Cancer Center discovers patient consent was falsified for study
St. Petersburg Times – Aug. 26 (This same story appeared in 
The LedgerCancer News WorldBone Cancer, Osteosarcoma Information Research Treatment & NewsHealthLeaders MediaHealth News Florida.)
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center on Wednesday revealed that it is investigating whether hundreds of patient signatures were falsified on documents enrolling them in the hospital's largest cancer research study.

RED FACES AT MOFFITT
tbt* (Page 6) - Aug. 26
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center on Wednesday revealed that it is investigating whether hundreds of patient signatures were falsified on documents enrolling them in the Tampa hospital’s largest cancer research study.

Moffitt launches privacy inquiry
The Tampa Tribune – Aug. 26
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is contacting 492 of its patients after learning an employee falsified at least one patient's signature on a consent form for a cancer research study.

Moffitt Cancer Center investigating patient consent falsifications
Bay News 9 – Aug. 26
An investigation into whether patient consent forms were falsified is underway at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Moffitt Cancer Center investigating patient consent falsifications
Central Florida News 13 – Aug. 26
An investigation into whether patient consent forms were falsified is underway at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Patient consent forms falsified at Moffitt Cancer Center
TCPalm “Health & Lifestyle” blog – Aug. 26
Hundreds of patient signatures might have been faked on consent forms at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

EDITORIAL: Melanoma — An Unlikely Poster Child for Personalized Cancer Therapy
New England Journal of Medicine – Aug. 26
From the Departments of Molecular Oncology (K.S.M.S.) and Cutaneous Oncology (K.S.M.S., V.K.S.), Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL.

Rays, Moffitt offering free prostate cancer screenings
FOX-13 – Aug. 26
The team offered the free screenings at Tropicana Field all day through a partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center, Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure, and ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer.

Hundreds of men show up to 'Bat for the Cure'
Bay News 9 – Aug. 26
The event 'Bat for the Cure' was held by the Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer Center.

Cancer fight propelled commissioner-elect Gallen into politics
Bradenton Herald – Aug. 26
Michael Gallen, who was unavailable for comment Wednesday, chose to undergo surgery to remove his lymph nodes at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and was declared cancer-free about a year ago just before he began to campaign, Mary Gallen said.

"GOT A MINUTE? 60-SECOND PLAY FESTIVAL"
Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Aug. 26
Presented by Players Theatre and Eclectic Theatre Company. Benefit for Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation.

Moffitt reviewing 492 patient records in privacy breach
PHIprivacy.net – Aug. 26
Lindsay Peterson reports: Moffitt Cancer Center is contacting 492 of its patients after learning an employee falsified at least one patient’s signature on a consent form for a cancer research study.

Cruz Nuz for 8.26.10
Q105 – Aug. 26
Nearly 500 former patients from Moffitt Cancer Center are being contacted by the hospital after administrators learned that an employee falsified at least one patient’s signature on a consent form.

Targeted Gene Therapy May Offer Hope Against Melanoma
ABC News – Aug. 26

Melanoma Treatment Huge Success in Early Study
ABC News – Aug. 25
Moffitt Cancer Center's Dr. Vernon Sondak comments on the personalized approach.

Moffitt reviewing 492 patient records in privacy breach
TBO.com – Aug. 25 (This same story appeared on MSNBC.com.)
Moffitt Cancer Center is contacting 492 of its patients after learning an employee falsified at least one patient's signature on a consent form for a cancer research study.

Moffitt CEO calls mysterious meeting
TBO.com “Inside USF” blog – Aug. 25
The CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center caught our attention yesterday with a last-minute request to meet with the Tribune’s editorial board today.

Roche melanoma drug works in 81 pct of patients
Reuters – Aug. 25
"The data provided by Flaherty and colleagues represent a major advance in the treatment of metastatic melanoma," Keiran Smalley and Dr. Vernon Sondak of Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, said in a commentary in the same journal.

Promising new melanoma drug: Questions and answers
USA Today – Aug. 25
Typically, experimental drugs shrink tumors in only 5% to 10% of patients, says Keiran Smalley of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, who wasn't involved in the study.

New Drug May Treat Advanced Melanoma
WebMD – Aug. 25
"These results represent a major breakthrough," write Keiran S.M. Smalley, PhD, and Vernon K. Sondak, MD, of Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center in an editorial that accompanies the Flaherty team's report in the Aug. 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

New drug fights metastatic melanoma
Science News – Aug. 25 (This same story also appeared in U.S. News & World Report.)
Keiran Smalley, a molecular pharmacologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., notes that metastatic melanoma is exceptionally hard to treat anyway.

Targeted Therapy Shows Early Promise in Melanoma
MedPage Today – Aug. 25
The dramatic results were "much beyond" that expected from such an early phase study, Vernon K. Sondak, MD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., said in an interview.

"Major Advance" Declared in Metastatic Melanoma -- And It's Only Phase 1
MedScape Today – Aug. 25
Writing in an editorial in the August 26 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, which accompanies the results of the phase 1 study, Keiran Smalley, PhD, and Vernon Sondak, MD, from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, point out that there is no progression-free survival or overall survival data on the new agent yet.

Treatment for metastatic melanoma shows promise in preliminary trials
The Boston Globe “White Coat Notes” blog – Aug. 25
“The prospects for patients with metastatic melanoma have never been brighter, but the need for further progress through laboratory research and well-conducted clinical trials is as great as – or greater than – ever," Keiran Smalley and Dr. Vernon Sondak of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa wrote in their editorial.

Two cancer centers to be built near Marion
Ocala Star-Banner – Aug. 25
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa employs two markedly different approaches in North Central Florida.

Former Tampa International Airport director Louis Miller up for top job in Atlanta
St. Petersburg Times – Aug. 25
They directed him to stop demolition of a vacant reservations center, later leased to Moffitt Cancer Center for a out-patient center.

SHOP TALK: New Jobs, Appointments, & Changes; Promotions; Honors; Grants, & Other 'People News'
Oncology Times – Aug. 25
Scott J. Antonia, MD, PhD, has been named Program Leader of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Rays get $5,000 grant from Pepsi
Tampa Bay Newspapers – Aug. 25
A strong effort by Tampa Bay Rays fans has earned the team a $5,000 Pepsi Refresh Grant to support the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation as part of a promotion with 15 Major League Baseball clubs.

The 5th Annual Got a Minute? Play Festival brings out the best for a great cause
Creative Loafing “the 941” blog – Aug. 25
After Kin was offered the Artistic Director position at the Players, the community theatre agreed to host the next two installments, both benefitting the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Diners feel like family at new Italian eatery
South Shore News & Tribune – Aug. 24
Two years ago, they moved to Ruskin, when Tony needed treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and at the Center for Radiation Oncology in Sun City Center.

Pamphlet may help smokers quit
AM850 – Aug. 24
The Moffitt Cancer Center has received a grant from the National Cancer Institute for a quit smoking study.

Traffic accidents continue to plague campus
The Oracle – Aug. 24
She said that at 11:28 a.m. an accident was reported involving two vehicles on Magnolia Drive near Moffitt Cancer Center.

Father Fights to Expose Cancer Cluster in Maryland
AOL News – Aug. 23
According to White, the doctors at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., told them that these cases didn't look genetic -- they were environmental.

Tampa Bay area personnel appointments, promotions and announcements
St. Petersburg Times – Aug. 23
Zayas is manager of clinic systems and support, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa;

Things to do in St. Petersburg for Aug. 22-28
St. Petersburg Times – Aug. 22
Moffitt Cancer Center is partnering with the Tampa Bay Rays to focus on educating men about prostate cancer in 20-minute educational sessions.

Colorectal Cancer Community Education Symposium
Black in the Bay – Aug. 22
The Crescent Foundation, Inc. and it's supporting partners, the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, American Cancer Society Florida Division, Ryan Sims Foundation, and Moffitt Cancer Center will hold a FREE " Colorectal Cancer Community Education Symposium " on Saturday, August 21, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building Auditorium (12902 Magnolia Drive Tampa, FL 33612).

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