December 31, 2010

Single mom dons cap and gown 50 years later
The Tampa Tribune – Dec. 29
"I also volunteer at LifeLink, an organ donor program, and I also volunteer with Moffitt South Cancer Center. It keeps me busy. I'm enjoying the things I didn't have time to do before."

Geriatric Oncology Comes of Age
Internal Medicine News – Dec. 29
"From an epidemiologic point of view, what happens in the 70s is that a lot of people start developing health problems," said Dr. Martine Extermann, who has developed an instrument for evaluation of these patients and is professor of oncology at the University of South Florida and attending physician at Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa.

Minority accrual to trials calls for aggressive strategies 
Cancer Network – Dec. 29

Many minority participants who are already enrolled in trials still do not really comprehend what a clinical trial is, according to a study from researchers at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and the University of South Florida, both in Tampa.

Smoking May Worsen Pain for Cancer Patients
Medscape – Dec. 29
Dr. Ditre, who led this work while he was earning his doctorate at the University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, told Medscape Medical News that the aim of his research was to examine the association with pain across diverse cancer types with regard to potential benefits of quitting smoking.

Early engagement by healthcare professionals helps overcome public skepticism about biobanking 
Cancer Network – Dec. 29
"Before we even embarked on this project, we engaged the community in a dialogue," said Shalewa Noel-Thomas, PhD, MPH, program manager of the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Fla.

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