October 19, 2012

Al Austin backs light rail idea
The Tampa Tribune – Oct. 19
Austin's outlook and influence focus mostly on national and state politics, although his advocacy for local institutions like Tampa International Airport and the Moffitt Cancer Center are well known.

'I can no longer take my time or blessings for granted'
Tallhassee.com – Oct. 19
I was staged by Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to be at stage 2b due to the large size of my tumor and the spread of the cancer to my lymph node.

Stem Cell Source Best Decided by Patient Profile
MedPage Today – Oct. 18
In a large randomized trial, there were no differences in overall survival rates at 2 years between groups (51% versus 46%, P=0.29), Claudio Anasetti, MD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and colleagues reported in the Oct. 18 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Hutch suggests changing common marrow-donation procedure
The Seattle Times – Oct. 18
The study, led by a former Hutch transplant physician, Dr. Claudio Anasetti, now at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., looked at short- and long-term survival, transplant success and complications, both acute and chronic.

Odds in clinical trials shown to be beneficial for patients
Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 18
Dr. Benjamin Djulbegovic, an oncologist at the University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center, led the team of researchers that reviewed 743 clinical trials involving 297,744 patients.

Limited comparative efficacy is good for trial ethics, find Cochrane researchers
PharmaTimes Online – Oct. 18
In the systematic review published by The Cochrane Library, a research team led by Benjamin Djulbegovic of USF Health Clinical Research and the H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute at the University of South Florida in Tampa, US looked at evidence from 743 publicly funded, randomised trials enlisting 297,744 patients in total.

Chapters Health System is Bringing New Facilities for Elderly Care to Lakeland
The Ledger – Oct. 18
Together, the two facilities will provide people "the support needed to live life to the fullest for the time they have remaining," said Jack Kolosky, chairman of Chapters Board of Directors and chief operating officer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Ann Romney to walk in breast cancer 5K in Orlando
Orlando Sentinel – Oct. 18
Last week, Romney toured Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where she talked to patients and employees at the women's oncology center.

DCF: BOOST SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT FOR PARENTS
The News Service of Florida – Oct. 18
To carry out the changes, the department is seeking to transfer $25 million from parts of the budget that earmark money for biomedical research, the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, the William G. Bankhead, Jr., and David Coley Cancer Research Program and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

DOH would revamp cancer research programs
The Florida Times-Union “PolitiJax” blog – Oct. 18
To carry out the changes, the department is seeking to transfer $25 million from parts of the budget that earmark money for biomedical research, the James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, the William G. Bankhead, Jr., and David Coley Cancer Research Program and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Where to Get a Breast Examination Near New Tampa
New Tampa Patch – Oct. 18
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer, according to Moffitt Cancer Center.

Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors in New Tampa
New Tampa Patch – Oct. 18
Down the road from New Tampa, the Moffitt Cancer Center plays host to a number of support groups for those dealing with breast and other types of cancer.

5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Thursday, October 18
ABC Action News – Oct. 18
All of the proceeds from a Carolina Herrera-designed t-shirt will be donated to Moffitt Cancer Center, and a percentage of all sales made in the store through this Sunday will also be donated to Moffitt.

Blood or Bone Marrow Better for Stem Cell Transplants?
HealthDay News – Oct. 17
Bone marrow offers the same chances of survival as does peripheral blood but tends to be associated with more severe side effects of treatment, explained study author Dr. Claudio Anasetti, a professor of medicine at the University of South Florida.

One-two anti-cancer punch seen
The Suncoast News – Oct. 17
Researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center and colleagues in China have reported that tests on cancer cells in lab culture show combining conventional chemotherapy drugs with immunotherapy treatments could prove effective.

Breast Cancer Survivors, Docs Urge Self-Responsibility
The Ledger – Oct. 17
Only 1 in 10 breast cancers are related to a mutation doctors can detect, said Dr. M. Catherine Lee, a breast surgeon with the Center for Women's Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Fighting cancer requires research, making right decisions on treatment plans
Tallahassee Democrat – Oct. 17
She started in Tallahassee, but seeking the right doctor and best options, she ultimately chose the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to begin her treatment.

Ga. Man Shaves Head to Support Wife, Finds His Own Cancer
ABC News “Medical Unit” blog - Oct. 16
“The surgeons down at Moffitt (Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.), they all feel very positive about the eventual outcome, that it will be very good,” Bud said.

M2Gen still in the red, but profit seen on the horizon
Tampa Bay Business Journal “Wake-Up Call” blog – Oct. 16
M2Gen, the for-profit Moffitt Cancer Center subsidiary that focuses on personalized medicine initiatives, continued to lose money in its most recent fiscal year.

Former WFLA Chief Meteorologist battles cancer
WFLA, News Channel 8 – Oct. 15
A look back at former WFLA Chief Meterologist David Grant who is fighting a battle with cancer with a grave prognosis.

Supply costs, increased head count push Moffitt into the red
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Oct. 15
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute posted a $17.1 million dollar loss from operations for the 12 months ended June 30, compared to a $7.6 million gain from operations in the prior fiscal year.

VUHS raises funds for cancer patient
Addison County Independent – Oct. 15
Keri Kinsel, 27, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in January, and has undergone treatments since then. Doctors at the nonprofit Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., say that a bone marrow treatment more common in Europe will help prevent the cancer from returning to Kinsel.

Where to Get Breast Screenings Near Temple Terrace
Temple Terrace Patch – Oct. 15
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer, according to Moffitt Cancer Center

Sharing the digital bridge
The Tampa Tribune – Oct. 15
"I was touched by your column. … I have worked at Moffitt Cancer (Center) for over 10 years and for four decades in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ukraine and Russia, and the story you present is one oncology nurses see daily.”

Brandon Woman Refuses To Let Breast Cancer Slow Her Down
Osprey Observer – Oct. 14
Her doctors at Moffitt recommended that she go for a consultation with Westcoast Brace and Limb in Tampa to see about having a prosthetic breast made, so she could still do the activities she loved.

Georgia man shaves head bald in solidarity with wife who has cancer, discovers melanoma patch on his own head
New York Daily News – Oct. 13
Stringer's local doctor referred him to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where he underwent two surgeries and will begin chemotherapy in two weeks, reported The Moultrie Observer.

Saks Fifth Avenue hosts event to benefit women's cancer research
WTSP 10 News – Oct. 13
The 14th annual Key to the Cure hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue benefits women's cancer research at Moffitt cancer Center.

Five MEK-Related Questions for Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD
OncLive – Oct. 12
Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD., Director, Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center, Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL

Vimeo: Many 'Front Row Tampa Bay' videos see slow or no traction
Tampa Bay Business Journal “Wake-Up Call” blog– Oct. 12
Name of video and number of plays (per video) ranked in order of the most popular: Monday: Moffitt DaVinci - 66 plays; Tuesday: FHTC/Moffitt - 26 plays; Tuesday: Moffitt: Personalized Medicine & Total Cancer Care - 4 plays; Moffitt Cancer Center Community Outreach - 3 plays.

Husband discovers deadly skin cancer after shaving his head in support of his wife going through chemotherapy
Daily Mail – Oct. 12
Dr Vernon Sondak, Mr Stringer's physician at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Florida, said: ‘The melanoma was already starting to spread.  

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