December 16, 2011

Florida Study Links Smoking to Skin Cancer in Women

International Business Times - Dec. 15
A team of researchers from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida discovered that females are at greater risk than men of being diagnosed with a form of the disease that can spread to other organs.

Microenvironment: Neighbourhood watch
Nature - Dec. 15
"To be honest, fibronectin is cheaper than collagen, so we decided to study fibronectin," says Dalton, who is now chief executive of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. It turned out to be a good choice.

Study finds skin cancer link to smoking
The Korea Herald - Dec. 15
Dr. Dana Rollison of the Moffitt Cancer Center recruited 698 participants - 383 diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, both skin cancers, and 315 with no history of skin cancer. 

Negative Effects in Mental Abilities Present Even After Years Of Breast Cancer Therapy
Heal Blog - Dec. 15
Paul Jacobsen, PhD, (from the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tamps) and his team aimed to make a comparison of the effects of different types of cancer treatment on cognitive abilities.

In the wake of a surprising death, is outpatient surgery safe? An expert says yes.
St. Petersburg Times - Dec. 15
Dr. Hector Vila, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, has studied extensively the safety of surgeries that are performed outside of hospitals.

Cancer screening: Is it necessary in the elderly?
News Medical Net - Dec. 14
Dr. Lodovico Balducci, a cancer expert at the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center, told ABC News, "For breast cancer, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer - the cancers for which screening has been proved to be effective - if a person has less than five years to live, then screening is not beneficial."

College football: Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz to speak in Bonita Springs next month
Naples Daily News - Dec. 14
Holtz was a speaker at a benefit for the Moffitt Cancer Center in March 2008 and returned two months later to speak to the Winged Foot scholarship banquet in May 2008.

Gentler Sarcoma Treatment may be at Hand
dailyRX - Dec. 14
Currently, sarcoma is treated with chemotherapy and radiation, but the outcome of these highly toxic therapies are not especially positive, according to corresponding author Soner Altiok, M.D., Ph.D., of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Beth Houghton to lead St. Petersburg Free Clinic
St. Petersburg Times - Dec. 14
Houghton, who will make $75,000 annually, is a onetime chief financial officer and general counsel of All Children's Health System; served on the hospital board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in a number of roles including board chair; is board chair emerita of Great Explorations the Children's Museum; and is vice president of Houghton-Wagman Enterprises.

TGH Medical Records Make Epic Digital Conversion
83 Degrees - Dec. 13
Dr. Anthony Schuster, chief medical information officer at Moffitt Cancer Center, concurs.

Briefly: Sears Outlet opens in Tinley
Southtown Star - Dec.13
Riker completed a three-year surgical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and spent four years at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, a Florida-based organization that is designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

Smoking boosts skin cancer risk, Tampa study finds
Orlando Sentinel - Dec. 13
Researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa looked at data from 698 subjects recruited from Florida medical clinics.

Chemo, radiation can affect mental abilities: Study
Toronto Sun - Dec. 13
In his study, Dr. Paul Jacobsen of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., examined 62 breast cancer patients who underwent chemotherapy and radiation, 67 patients who went under radiation, and 184 women with no history of cancer.

Why Cancer Screening May Not Be a Good Idea for the Elderly
TIME Healthland - Dec. 13
As Dr. Lodovico Balducci, a cancer expert at the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center, told ABC News: "For breast cancer, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer - the cancers for which screening has been proved to be effective - if a person has less than five years to live, then screening is not beneficial."

The Takeaway: Despite Advice, Older Adults Get Cancer Screenings; Jazz Musicians Campaign for Pensions
AARP (Blog) - Dec. 13
For breast cancer, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer - the cancers for which screening has been proved to be effective - if a person has less than five years to live, then screening is not beneficial," said Dr. Lodovico Balducci, program leader of the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Study of the Day: More Men Get Cancer, Fewer Bother to Get Tested
The Atlantic - Dec. 13
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers randomly called and interviewed 1,148 African-Americans, whites and Puerto Rican Hispanics from New York City; Baltimore, Maryland; San Juan, Puerto Rico about their beliefs and attitudes about cancer screening.

Research Confirms Cognitive Problems Breast Cancer Survivors Encounter
International Business Times - Dec. 13
According to Paul Jacobsen, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, survivors may experience problems with certain mental abilities several years after treatment.

Troopers: Riverview man heads to casino after killing one, injuring two in crash
St. Petersburg Times - Dec. 13
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute created the team in late 2004, inviting female breast cancer survivors to form a dragon boat team for the 2005 Tampa Dragon Boat races.

Memory Issues After Cancer May Not Be From Chemo
Fox News - Dec. 12
One limitation of using tests to measure cognition is that it's not clear how exactly they apply to functioning in everyday life, Paul Jacobsen, from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and his colleagues wrote Monday in the journal Cancer.

Cognitive issues follow breast cancer
UPI - Dec. 12
Paul Jacobsen of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., and colleagues examined 62 breast cancer patients treated with chemotherapy plus radiation, 67 patients treated with radiation only, and 184 women with no history of cancer.

ASH: For Unrelated Donor Transplant, Bone Marrow Preferred
Cancer Network - Dec. 12
Because of the higher chronic GVHD observed in patients receiving peripheral blood stem cells, the presenter of the study, Dr. Claudio Anasetti, MD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, raised the question of whether the increased use of peripheral blood stem cells is justified.

Allison ‘Wonderful' Addition
Space Coast Medicine and Healthy Living - Dec. 12
"I had gone over to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to talk to them about having surgery there, but after meeting with Dr. Allison in late October, I really liked him and was impressed with his mastery of robotic surgery," Coley said.

Older Adults Get Cancer Screenings Against Recommendations
ABC News - Dec. 12
"For breast cancer, colorectal cancer and cervical cancer -- the cancers for which screening has been proved to be effective -- if a person has less than five years to live, then screening is not beneficial," said Dr. Lodovico Balducci, program leader of the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Memory issues after cancer may not be due to chemo
Reuters - Dec. 12
One limitation of using tests to measure cognition is that it's not clear how exactly they apply to functioning in everyday life, Paul Jacobsen, from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and his colleagues wrote Monday in the journal Cancer.

PBSC Transplants from Unrelated Donors Show No Survival Advantage
The Oncology Report - Dec. 11
Patients at risk for rejection who do not receive pre-transplant immunosuppression, such as those with the myelodysplastic syndrome, may benefit more from PBSC, said Dr. Anasetti of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla.

PBSCs from unrelated donors associated with higher rates of chronic GVHD
HemOnc Today - Dec. 11
Claudio Anasetti, MD, chair of the Department of Blood & Marrow Transplant at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., presented the results at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology.

ASH: Bone Marrow Best for Unrelated Donor SCT
Medpage Today - Dec. 11
Moreover, the burden of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) was greater with the peripheral blood stem cell transplants in the three-year, randomized, 551-patient study, said Claudio Anasetti, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

State-of-the-art Moffitt Cancer Center celebrates grand opening
The Villages Daily Sun - Dec. 10
That's how Central Florida Health Alliance Chief Operating Officer Tim Hawkins described the opening of Moffitt Cancer Center at The Villages during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning.

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