December 19, 2014

World-Herald editorial: ‘New Omaha’ has big possibilities – Dec. 19
The scientists are relocating to Omaha from Stanford University in California, Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, National Jewish Hospital in Colorado and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.

Melanoma 2014: Another Banner Year
Medscape – Dec. 18
In 2014, treatment in melanoma has never been so promising, and immunotherapies are delivering durable benefit. Among the melanoma abstracts presented at the 2014 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) were six on immuno-oncology and three on targeted therapies. "That tells us where the field is going," commented Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, director, Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center; senior member, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida. Key studies focused on PD-1 or PD-L1 antibodies.

Florida Orchestra to serenade the sick with free Moffitt concert
Tampa Bay Times – Dec. 18
Rather, in a simple yet meaningful concert, the orchestra will visit Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to play a free show for patients, employees and anyone who stops by. It’s the first sign of a shifting culture at the orchestra, one moving toward more community involvement.

Dick Beard honored with H.L. Culbreath Jr. award
The Tampa Tribune – Dec. 18
His community involvement includes having served as chair of the University of South Florida Board of Trustees, vice-chair of the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention and 2009 chair of the Tampa Bay Super Bowl Host Committee. He also served on the boards of directors for H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa General Hospital.

Volunteer pilot group gives patients a lift
Sun Sentinel – Dec. 18
The service generally is available to patients if commercial flights can’t be arranged or aren’t affordable. Last year, the organization flew more than 100 patients, mainly to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Fundraiser to be held for family of Largo man electrocuted on the job
Bay News 9 – Dec. 18
The fundraiser will also benefit First Watch general manager Colin Good, who is currently being treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

FDA Approves Lanreotide for Neuroendocrine Tumors
Medscape – Dec. 17
“CLARINET is a very important trial,” said Jonathon Strosberg, MD, chair of the Gastrointestinal Department Research Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. “It basically shows that somatostatin analogues can be used for tumor control in a variety of neuroendocrine tumors, not just midgut NETs.”

Crown CEO, nominated for national dealer of the year, discusses car business
Tampa Bay Times – Dec. 17
I was on the board of Moffitt Cancer Center for nine years. I did quite a bit of the funding along with some others to take care of the doctor who was head of stem cell research. Through that, the success that they've had getting some drugs to fight (cancer) has been phenomenal. . . . And we like to incorporate our employees in community involvement. 

Brewers coach LeBoeuf undeterred by cancer battle – Dec. 17
Mac was a freshman-to-be at the time of his dad’s diagnosis, and he considered putting off college to stay home in Tampa, Fla., to help. His parents convinced him to go to school, so Laura LeBoeuf was Al’s primary caregiver during the early stages of his treatment at the nearby H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

Annual Angel Tree, Proceeds From Walk For a Cure & More In Valencia Lakes
Osprey Observer – Dec. 17
The Women’s Club raised $20,000 and will be presenting the check to Moffitt Cancer Center on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Expert Podcast: Phase I Clinical Trials – Dec. 16
Why is it important to talk about phase I clinical trials with your doctor? In this podcast, Dr. Jeffrey S. Weber from Moffitt Cancer Center explains the recent statement and provides perspective for reframing the misconceptions that are often associated with clinical trials.

Moffitt, USF Health Announce Cardio-Oncology Program
The Ledger “Robins Rx” blog – Dec. 15
That’s the motivation behind today’s announcement of a collaboration between University of South Florida Health and Moffitt Cancer Center, whose Moffitt Oncology Network includes Polk County’s Watson Clinic as a member.

Forget 1997: ASCO Modernizes Phase 1 Trials Policy
Medscape – Dec. 15
Recommendation 1 states that “payers provide insurance coverage for these trials.” That includes the biggest payer of all — Medicare. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services only requires that “therapeutic intent” be a component of a trial in order for payment to occur. “Phase 1 trials in cancer meet this standard. Thus, these trials should be covered by Medicare,” write Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, from the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, and colleagues in the policy statement.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Celgene deal
BioCentury – Dec. 15
Moffitt granted Celgene exclusive, worldwide rights to develop and commercialize an undisclosed therapy to treat myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

Giao Q. Phan, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Richmond Times-Dispatch – Dec. 15
She further pursued an immunotherapy research fellowship at the NCI Surgery Branch and a surgical oncology fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Judy Genshaft: USF’s downtown plan will elevate economic future of Tampa Bay region and Florida
The Tampa Tribune – Dec. 14
The recruitment of at least 10 oncological science researchers to work in partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center, a move that would generate additional National Cancer Institute and NIH funding. This effort will include an interdisciplinary drug discovery unit.

Paddling for life – Dec. 14
For example, Gene Evans, a senior vice president at Clearwater-based USAmeriBank, was inspired to create Paddle Against Cancer, an annual paddle event that has helped raise over $50,000 for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

American Medicine Today 12-13-14
970 WFLA “American Medicine Today” – Dec. 13
We are joined by Jack Kolosky of the Moffitt Cancer Center to discuss how Moffitt (one of the nation’s leading cancer care centers) was dropped from the United HealthCare Obamacare Exchange and how that could affect thousands of cancer patients.

WMNF’s Annual Report to the CPB Fiscal Year 13-14
WMNF – Dec. 13
In terms of community engagement, WMNF's long-term goals are to continue conversations with groups in differing communities by both participating in events and by inviting the communities into the station; facilitating communication between on-air volunteers and community groups; creating opportunities for members of different communities to come together to brainstorm on local issues and building coalitions. For example, WMNF has been collaborating with Moffitt Health/Cancer Treatment Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

25 People to Watch in 2015: Mark Sharpe
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Dec. 12
In 2011, four big players in the area — University of South Florida, Florida Hospital Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center and Busch Gardens — formed the TIA, but it
lacked focus and leadership. That’s where the can-do ex-Commish comes in.

NIH Language in RFAs Tells Researchers to Prepare to Discuss Study Protocols with FDA
Genome Web – Dec. 8
The newborn screening grant recipients “were going to do CLIA-level genetics, but as a research trial,” Howard McLeod, a member of the eMERGE external scientific panel, told GenomeWeb.


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