July 5, 2013

Painkiller Deaths Rise Faster in Women
The Wall Street Journal – July 2
Minority women had higher rates of drug overdose deaths and emergency-room visits than white women, which could be explained by variability in the metabolism of opioids, said David Craig, a pharmacist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., who is a spokesman for the American Pain Society, a group of medical professionals.

Opiate overdose deaths 'skyrocketed' in women, CDC finds
NBC News – July 2
Opiate abuse is a special problem for pregnant women, who commonly give birth to children who are addicted to the same substances, said David Craig, a clinical pharmacist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla.

"Laughter is the Remedy" at Moffitt Cancer Center Comedy Show
WUSF News – July 2
These findings are of no surprise to Dr. B. Lee Green of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

Culture as well as language may impede Hispanic trial participation
PharmaTimes – July 2
Researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida used focus groups involving 36 Spanish-speaking cancer survivors from Tampa and Puerto Rico to explore why awareness of, and participation in, clinical trials are so low in this population.

QOL issues affect patients with CML taking oral chemotherapy
Oncology Nurse Advisor – July 1
“Although much less toxic than the treatments they replaced, tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as imatinib, nilotinib, or dasatinib do cause symptoms that adversely affect a patient's quality of life,” said study senior author Paul B. Jacobsen, PhD, associate center director and senior member of the Health Outcomes and Behavior Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Virus combination may be best treatment for deadly brain tumors
Sun Newspapers “Feeling Fit” – June 30
"On one hand, it's surprising because viruses in several settings are known to cause cancer -- like HPV causing cervical cancer in women or HIV predisposing to various cancers," said. Dr. Peter Forsyth of Moffitt Cancer Center's neuro-oncology program, who has conducted the research with colleagues from University of Florida, University of Calgary, University of Texas and Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre Research Laboratories.

Henderson: Miracles at Moffitt mean more birthdays
The Tampa Tribune – June 29
That's when we fully appreciate the daily miracles performed at a place like Moffitt Cancer Center.

Times 10: New guard at Tampa Bay's public companies comes into its own
Tampa Bay Times – June 29
Bloomin' Brands CEO Smith, who joined the Moffitt Cancer Center board of directors last year, is keen on health care initiatives.

Priority Health: No more chemo?
Bay News 9 – June 28
Doctors at Moffitt Cancer center say it's a good thing for patients.

PACT Act May Improve Cancer Care for Medicare Patients
Medscape – June 28
The PACT Act has been endorsed by a number of organizations and institutions, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, the NYU Langone Cancer Center, and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

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