November 22, 2013

Husband hopes others can be saved after wife's passing
North Port Sun – Nov. 22
The couple began making regular visits to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Gingrich: GOP better ready Obamacare replacement
USA Today – Nov. 20
Most of the new policies on the exchanges, moreover, do not cover the great centers of medical excellence -- the Moffitt Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Mayo Clinic -- so we are hearing of dying cancer patients who suddenly face terrible choices.

Next Obamacare quagmire: fewer choices
Tampa Bay Times – Nov. 20
For instance, in the Tampa Bay area AARP Medicare Advantage plans are not including Moffitt Cancer Center in their networks next year.

Predictors of Sentinel Lymph Node Metastasis Identified in Thin Melanomas
The ASCO Post – Nov. 20
In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Dale Han, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, and colleagues in the Sentinel Lymph Node Working Group attempted to identify factors predictive of sentinel lymph node metastasis in thin melanomas.

North Tampa events
Tampa Bay Times – Nov. 19
Fundraising rocker: Attend “Uncork for a Cure,'” a wine-tasting fundraiser for Moffitt Cancer Center featuring a performance by Jefferson Airplane’s Marty Balin, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Keel and Curley Winery, 5210 W Thonotosassa Road, Plant City.

Hillsborough Commissioner Mark Sharpe has vision for North Tampa
Tampa Bay Times – Nov. 19
And over there, USF, the Moffitt Cancer Center, James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.

Tragedy, questions follow principal change at Freedom High
Tampa Bay Times – Nov. 19
It was widely known that, as a teenager, Sheppard was the first patient at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

Rolling Pin adds fun to kids' cooking menu
The Tampa Tribune Brandon News – Nov. 19
Debbie Ploor and Kathy Greene are two of his customers, and two of the women behind the recent White Ribbon Soiree to benefit Prelude to a Cure, a nonprofit set up for the thoracic oncology program at Moffitt Cancer Center.

COLUMBUS (Youngstown, Ohio) – Nov. 19
Additional sites under consideration to open the study include the Cleveland Clinic, Georgetown, Moffitt, Roswell Park, University Hospitals/Case Western, University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia Commonwealth.

[ LETTER ] Medical Care Indecision
The Ledger – Nov. 19
And even though I don’t need them at this time, I am very upset that Moffitt Cancer Center has been dropped.

Adjuvant radiation therapy provided superior local control in desmoplastic melanoma
Hem/Onc Today – Nov. 18
In the second study, Tobin Strom, MD, of the department of radiation oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, and colleagues hypothesized that adjuvant radiotherapy would improve local control in patients with desmoplastic melanoma.

A Fatal Mistake: Misdiagnosis
Health News Florida – Nov. 18
In all, three hospitals misdiagnosed his sarcoma, including Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa,  according to a suit filed by Witt’s widow.

Do You Like Your Doctor? Obamacare Drives UnitedHealth To Downsize Its Medicare Physician Networks
Forbes – Nov. 18
According to Beck, “Among the practices UnitedHealth has dropped are Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and the Yale Medical Group in New Haven, Conn., which includes 1,200 faculty physicians.”

Medicare Advantage users face enrollment pitfalls
The Tampa Tribune – Nov. 17
With just two weeks before the annual Medicare enrollment period ends, some seniors are finding hundreds of Tampa area doctors and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center may no longer be covered under their privately-run Medicare Advantage insurance plans.

Medical misdiagnoses common yet ignored
Tampa Bay Times – Nov. 17
His doctors at Moffitt Cancer Center told him there were no options left.

Changes Due for Medicare Clients
The Ledger – Nov. 17
Among the noticeable changes locally are the Center for Retina and Macular Disease in Polk County and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa being cut from AARP plans run by UnitedHealthCare, and Bond Clinic in Winter Haven parting ways with Physicians United Plan in a breakup taking effect Dec. 1.

UnitedHealth dropping doctors by the thousands
UPI – Nov. 16
“Patients battling cancer should be focused on their treatment, not on finding another doctor,” said gynecological oncologist Johnathan Lancaster at the cancer center Moffitt, where 200 doctors were dropped from the plan.

UnitedHealth Culls Doctors From Medicare Advantage Plans
The Wall Street Journal – Nov. 16
Among the practices UnitedHealth has dropped are Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and the Yale Medical Group in New Haven, Conn., which includes 1,200 faculty physicians.

What 22 Tampa Bay icons tell outside world about this region
Tampa Bay Times – Nov. 15
Though rarely credited for intellectual or creative accomplishment – Moffitt Cancer Center is one big exception – we can deliver tabloid fodder from the likes of a Bayshore Boulevard socialite or an aging but lovable ex-wrestler.

Lisa Hall lost her battle against leukemia – Nov. 15
On Wednesday afternoon, Lisa’s father Jared Hall announced that Lisa Hall had passed away at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.


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