March 25, 2011

FDA Approves Yervoy (Ipilimumab) For Metastatic Melanoma
Clinical Oncology News – March 2011
“The immune-related toxicity of ipilimumab requires a committed multidisciplinary team. This is not your 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin diarrhea,” said Vernon K. Sondak, MD, chief of the Department of Cutaneous Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.

Tampa Republicans say they're still fighting for Moffitt funding, despite vote this week
St. Petersburg Times/www.tampabay.com – March 25, 2011
On a party-line vote, a House committee earlier this week proposed wiping out $50 million for cancer research programs, including one at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.

For Melanoma Patients, Arthritis Drug Could Treat Disease
My Health News Daily – March 23
While there are drugs available to treat melanomas with the BRAF mutation, known as BRAF inhibitors, "nearly every patient treated with the BRAF inhibitor has become resistant," said Keiran Smalley, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., who wasn't part of the current study

Buckhorn hates potholes, too
FOX 13/MyFoxTampaBay.com – March 23
He believes the potential for job creation lies within USF, the Moffitt Cancer Center and MacDill Air Force base.

Cancer center, hospitals cut in House budget
www.healthnewsflorida.org – March 23
A new House budget proposal would eliminate $50 million for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and other research programs and use the money to help pay for the state's Medicaid program.

Jackson Lab won't get $100 million from state, legislators say
Sarasota Herald-Tribune – March 23
And Jackson ranks fifth among private research institutes in winning National Institutes of Health grants, ahead of big names like the Salk Institute and Tampa's H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

Collaboration, controversies in care and more posters than ever on tap at annual HOPA meeting
Pharmacy Practice News – March 23
Another highlight on Thursday's program will be a session on managing challenging cancer pain issues in the outpatient setting, which will be given by David Craig, PharmD, from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Hospitals Offer Amenities to Drive Patient Volume
HealthLeaders Media – March 23
Another example is Tampa's Center for Women's Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center, which remodeled its facility to look like a high-end hotel and added services such as spa treatments and massages.

State Capitol Briefs
St. Augustine Record – March 23
By The News Service Of Florida A House budget proposal would eliminate $50 million for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and other research programs and use the money to help pay for the state's Medicaid program.

Moffitt Cancer Center Ranks In Top 50 For Executive Women, Tampa
www.83degreesmedia.com – March 22
Moffitt Cancer Center was recently recognized by the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) as one of the top 50 companies for executive women.

Survivor helping with free skin cancer screening Saturday in Port St. Lucie
TCPalm.com – March 22
Saturday, she will be in Port St. Lucie helping out with a free skin cancer screening event at Digital Domain Stadium in St. Lucie West. The Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center skin screening team and a 40-foot screening bus will be at the stadium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

Gentlemen, get HPV vaccines for the ladies
Daily Aztec – March 22
Recent studies by the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute estimate that close to 50 percent of American males have at least one strain of HPV.

Washington Nationals To Host Space Coast Cancer Center Night
Space Coast Medicine and Healthy Living – March 21
Space Coast Cancer Center, an affiliate of Moffitt Cancer Center, is among the premier Hematology/Oncology practices in Central Florida with locations in Titusville, Merritt Island, Rockledge, Cocoa Beach and coming soon to Viera this June.

Women on bikes now respected, admired
Bradenton Herald – March 21
Recipients of research grants include Moffitt Cancer Center, MD Anderson, Florida Hospital, Children's National Medical Center and Palmer Eye Institute.

Critics feel Scott's education budget could harm state economy
Sarasota Herald-Tribune – March 20
Sen. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, noted that Scott's recent state of the state speech was all about jobs, but his higher education budget eliminates $1.5 million in funding for the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition in Pensacola and $10.9 million for the Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa.

Herzlich, Castonzo fighting cancer together
FOXSports Florida – March 20
Herzlich also has further confirmation that the cancer is behind him. "We took him to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and he got a perfectly clean bill of health," Moawad said. "The [Tampa Bay] Bucs doctor came down and looked at him and gave him a perfectly clean bill of health, so he knows he's healthy."

Bob Sierra YMCA Partners with Lance Armstrong's LiveStrong to Help Cancer
Patch.com – March 20
Through a carefully-structured regimen led by specially selected Y team members (who train with both Moffitt Cancer Center staff and Tampa VA Hospital physicians), survivors work to improve muscle strength and flexibility while increasing their endurance to improve not only their functional ability, but their overall quality of life.

Defining old: clinical challenges and changing ideas in haemato-oncology
ecancermedicalscience.com – March 20
Prof. Balducci, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida, USA, saw undertreatment as a major issue, with age as a "risk factor for not receiving adequate treatment". He also suggested that randomized controlled trials (RCT) were not able to cover the variabilities and co- morbidities of elderly cancer patients, and though important, were not the only way to build knowledge.

Money Sought for Cancer Center
The Ledger – March 20
Tampa Bay lawmakers are pushing to pledge more state money to a delayed $370 million expansion at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Bills sponsored by Sen. Ronda Storms, R-Brandon, and Rep. James W. Grant, R-Tampa, would increase the share of cigarette tax revenue that Moffitt gets each year starting in 2013 -- from 1.47 percent to 5 percent.

Deep Education Cuts Spark Widespread Scott Criticism
The Ledger – March 19
Sen. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, noted that Scott's recent state of the state speech was all about jobs, but his higher education budget eliminates $1.5 million in funding for the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition in Pensacola and $10.9 million for the Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. Both bring highly-educated workers and potential spin-off companies to the state.

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