April 18, 2014

Save the date, April 18
Bradenton.com – April 18
Proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research at Tampa H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Friday's letters: Plan raises quality of cancer care
Tampa Bay Times – April 17
Currently, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.

Lead Letter: Florida's fight against cancer deserves better funding
Florida Times-Union – April 17
They would provide sufficient funding for both the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami and the UF Health Cancer Center to join the Moffitt Cancer Center as NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

A closer look at girl's bionic arm surgery
ABC Action News – April 16
But a couple of days before that amputation was to take place, they found Dr. Douglas Letson, a cancer surgeon at Moffitt Cancer Center who thought he could take out the tumor and replace her humerus with a bionic arm. 

Girl with first-of-its-kind bionic arm to get adjustment
WTSP, 10 News – April 16
Three years ago, Moffitt Cancer Center surgeon Doug Letson teamed up with Shriners Hospital to help save Josalyn’s arm from amputation.

Girl, 11, receives nation's first expandable bionic arm
Bay News 9 – April 16
Doctors thought she would have to amputate the arm but then the family met Dr. Douglas Letson at the Moffitt Cancer Center in 2011.

Pancoast Tumors of the Lung: Improved Results
OncLive – April 16
Lary A. Robinson, MD,Senior Member, Thoracic Oncology Program, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

Retirement ahead, Ostrenko says time is right for new MOSI leader
Tampa Bay Business Journal – April 16
A key focus for the next MOSI CEO will be to work with Hillsborough County on development of a big chunk of land that’s in close proximity to University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Karamu XXVI wows Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa Bay Times – April 15
May 3: 21st annual Magnolia Ball benefits Moffitt Cancer Center; headliners Huey Lewis & the News; 5:30 p.m.; A La Carte Event Pavilion; $1,000; (813) 745-4860.

University of Cincinnati hikes tuition and cuts vacation time to keep budget healthy
WCPO (Cincinnati) – April 15
The investment will be significant, Ho cautioned, pointing to several other recent NCI designates that spent at least $10 million (Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.) and as much as $70 million (University of California Davis) to upgrade facilities and hire top researchers to earn the designation.

New Guidelines Address Cancer Survivors' Issues
MedPage Today – April 14
Chaired by Julienne E. Bower, PhD, of the University of California Los Angeles, and Paul Jacobsen, PhD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., the committee recommended evaluating all cancer patients for presence of clinically significant fatigue.

Jailing of Pinellas child porn convict followed discovery of more porn
Tampa Bay Times – April 14
Lazzara allowed him to remain free on bail, pending the outcome of an appeal, because Meister has a high-risk form of multiple myeloma and is undergoing treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Rod Smith and Dylan Harding Smith: Legislature should join fight against cancer
The Gainesville Sun – April 13
The governor’s program provides sufficient funding for both the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami and the UF Health Cancer Center to join the Moffitt Cancer Center as National Center Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Ingram: Tampa Bay’s Top 20
The Tampa Tribune – April 13
From Moffitt Cancer Center to Bayfront Medical and everything in between (not to mention a superior medical school at USF), the Tampa Bay area provides quality health care and enough Vitamin D from the sunshine to make any patient looking for treatment to consider coming here.

Former commerce official now busy in private sector
Centro Tampa – April 13
I think it would be to attract international investment from companies in sectors such as medicine and use the assets that we have, like the University of South Florida and specially the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Scientist-runner fights to defeat rare cancer
News Telegram (Worcester, MA) – April 13
The group also funds studies at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the University of Minnesota, Washington University in St. Louis and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

O’Brien’s Hosts Annual Duck Derby To Raise Funds For Moffitt Cancer Center
Osprey Observer – April 13
Back in 2011 the group of friends decided to form a small team to walk for Miles for Moffitt.

Pinellas child porn convict jailed for violating terms of release
Tampa Bay Times – April 12
The case against him, initially delayed by a computer forensics backlog, met up with the sympathies of a federal district judge reluctant to imprison a man benefitting from medical care at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Brain metastases in melanoma require multidisciplinary approach
HemOnc Today – April 12
“This subject has not been well studied. This is the question that people didn’t want to address, but now people are taking on this task,” Geoffrey T. Gibney, MD, a medical oncologist in the department of cutaneous oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, said during a presentation.

Who Said That?
Florida Trend – April 11
Dr. Samimy died April 3 at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. He was 75.

Investigational drug PV-10 decreases melanoma cells in tumors
Dermatology Times – April 8
Researchers with Moffitt Cancer Center found significant decreases in melanoma cells not only in the injected tumors, but also in the non-injected bystander tumors at seven to 10 days after PV-10 was injected.

Algorithm Aims for Safer, Smarter Codeine Use in Pediatric Patients
Pain Medicine News – April 2014
If hospitals completely replace codeine with other analgesics, they run the risk of relying on drugs that may be less understood, said Howard McLeod, PharmD, director of the Personalized Medicine Institute at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla., who was not involved with the research.


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