June 15, 2012

In print: Moffitt expansion a bright spot for construction, cancer care
Tampa Bay Business Journal (Wake-Up Call blog) - June 15
So the news from Staff Writer Mark Holan this week about H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center's plan to build a $60 million outpatient facility on its satellite campus is significant for a lot of reasons.

Moffitt plans $60M clinic at McKinley satellite campus
Tampa Bay Business Journal - June 15
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Inc. is preparing to build a $60 million outpatient facility at its satellite campus one mile south of the University of South Florida.

Family struggling with sickness finds solace in caring community
News Press - June 15
Her medical staff at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa suggested that she undergo a bone marrow transplant for the most probable chance of extending her life.

Docs Not Hot on HPV Vaccines
dailyRx - June 15
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers surveyed just over 1,000 physicians to learn about their beliefs, recommendations and practices around the HPV vaccine.

Facing the Facts: HPV-Associated Head and Neck Cancers Get a Second Look
CURE - June 14
Clinicians at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., also were puzzled, as the Gulfport resident tells it.

Live webcast to promote Tampa Bay area business during RNC
Tampa Bay Times - June 14
During Wednesday's preview, the ideas for content were there, with guests talking up everything from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute to economic development opportunities in Manatee County.

Prostate puzzle: Debate over PSA screening can be confusing
Tampa Bay Times - June 14
"I have been inundated with calls and emails," said Dr. Julio Pow-Sang, chairman of genitourinary oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. "Men are asking, 'Did I really need treatment?' "

Commentary: Cancer in the Black Community
BET - June 13
This from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute:
According to the researchers, the difference in prostate cancer survivorship and quality of life outcomes for African-American men and their families as compared to other groups is likely due to a number of factors and their combination: -Stage of cancer at diagnosis -Tumor biology -Insurance coverage -Lack of prostate cancer knowledge -Mistrust, fear and lack of culturally appropriate interventions -Inadequate communication between patient and health care provider.

African-American Couples Face Unique Challenges Dealing With Prostate Cancer
NewsOne - June 13
Researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center of Florida published the study in the Journal of Cancer Education, which focused primarily on African-American men and how their families fared while dealing with cancer.

Business leaders will market area with show during RNC
Bay News 9 - June 13
The show is called "Front Row Tampa Bay." For four hours each morning of the RNC, they'll use three sets to interview folks from places such as the Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa Bay Technology Forum.

The Biggest Health Concerns for Men Right Now
FOX 13 - June 13
Watch Dr. Matthew Biagioli from Moffitt Cancer Center discuss the latest guidelines for PSA screening.

Científicos: Nueva vacuna contra el cáncer, con 100% de eficacia
RT - June 12
En su esfuerzo por encontrar un sistema eficaz contra el VPH, los científicos del Moffitt Cancer Center, situado en el estado norteamericano de Florida diseñaron un nuevo sistema de vacunación, llamado TriVax-VPH.

Sweet Relief: Could Chocolate Prevent Cancer?
CURE - June 13
These compounds, and those found in other plant foods, act as antioxidants, says Kathy Allen, a registered dietitian and director of nutrition at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. Daily, normal (and essential) exposure to oxygen produces free radicals, which can cause cell damage and inflammation, which can be associated with cancer risk.

US centres form MDS Clinical Research Consortium
PharmaTimes - June 12
The participating centres are Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic; Dana Farber Cancer Institute; MD Anderson Cancer Center; H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute; Weill Medical College of Cornell University; and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

20 Spine Surgeon Leaders of Spinal Oncology Programs
Becker's Spine Review - June 12
Dr. Vrionis is the director of complex spine surgery and skull base surgery in the department of Neuro-oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Jim Norman announces withdrawal from Senate race
The Tampa Tribune - June 12
In his release, Norman said he worked hard to preserve funding for Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida.

GMA anchor tells viewers of blood disease in her bone marrow. Moffitt Cancer Center doctor explains.
ABC Action News - June 12
Doctor Alan List, Physician and Chief of Moffitt Cancer Center says for most people this is a disease that occurs in their 70's.

Ovarian cancer treatment involves high heat
The Miami Herald - June 11
The hospital is the only medical facility south of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to offer the treatment, called HIPEC.

ASCO: MEK Inhibitors-Alone or Paired With a BRAF Inhibitor-Increase Options, Benefits for Patients With BRAF-Mutated Advanced Melanoma
Cancer Network - June 11
In addition to their potential as a stand-alone therapy, MEK inhibitors may also produce added benefits when used in combination with a BRAF inhibitor. Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, director of the Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, presented phase I/II data showing that the combination of trametinib and dabrafenib (a BRAF inhibitor) resulted in an impressive 10.8-month median progression-free survival in those BRAF-mutated patients who received the highest dose; in addition, the incidence of BRAF-related hyperproliferative skin lesions was noticeably lower than in patients who receive BRAF-inhibitor monotherapy.

Process Improvements Vital to Cost Containment
HealthLeaders Media - June 11
Jack Kolosky, Executive Vice President and COO, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, Fla.:  "At Moffitt we think that process improvement, what we are calling clinical transformation, really can lead us to all of these things: cost reductions, improved safety, and improved patient experience."

On the Boards
The Philadelphia Inquirer - June 11
Utterback most recently was president, chief executive officer and board member of M2Gen, part of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and the third largest oncology academic medical research center in the United States.

Bay area dad survives breast cancer
10 News - June 10
Father's Day is a special time for a Bay area breast cancer survivor Ralph Edmond.

New screening technology screens dense breasts
10 News - June 10
We asked Dr. Chris Flowers, Director of Breast Imaging and Research at Moffitt to weigh in on whether women should seek out this technology: "Women who have dense breasts on mammography have an increased risk of breast cancer."

Living Well: A time to heal her spirit
Tallahassee Democrat - June 9
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in December and on Wednesday finished her chemotherapy at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

New anti-cancer vaccine developed and tested
Zee News - June 9
"Vaccines for cancer can be good alternatives to conventional therapies that result in serious side-effects and are rarely effective against advanced disease," Esteban Celis, senior member and professor at Moffitt Cancer Center, said. 

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