December 31, 2014

Wesley Chapel teen loses bout with rare skin condition
Tampa Bay Times – Dec. 31
The entire family brought food and visited with cancer patients at the Hope Lodge on the Moffitt Cancer Center campus a few days before Sean became ill.

Bring it, 2015! Amy Scherzer’s Diary looks back at the 2014 Tampa social scene
Tampa Bay Times – Dec. 30
Biggest bucks: Moffitt Cancer Center’s annual Magnolia Ball perennially tops the fundraising chart.

Dr. Robert Gatenby - Moffitt Cancer Center
Newsradio 970, WFLA – Dec. 30
Dr. Robert Gatenby from Moffitt Cancer Center will tell you about his unconventional fight against cancer.

Tampa Bay residents show tepid support for Obamacare in new poll
Tampa Bay Times- Dec. 30
President Barack Obama's signature health care law is drawing tepid support in the Tampa Bay region, a new poll shows, with a majority of residents saying they basically like it or are at least willing to let it play out.

Cancer Doesn’t Stop Area Family From Forging Ahead
Lakeland Ledger- Dec. 28
Several years before Guy Smith found a lump behind his ear, before his stepdaughter died, before living in an SUV became an all-too-real possibility, he made a promise.

Once shot and buried alive, Phoebe grows into gentle companion
Tampa Bay Times- Dec. 26
On a quiet Wednesday night a little more than a year ago, Mike DeWitt turned on the evening news and saw a picture of a pit bull buried up to her neck.She had been shot twice and left to die. Trapped.

Higher-Risk Women More Likely to Accept Breast Cancer Chemoprevention
Reuters Health – Dec. 29
To better understand factors associated with acceptance and completion of chemoprevention among eligible women, Dr. Roetzheim and his colleagues looked at medical records for 219 women with a five-year breast cancer risk of 1.7% or higher treated at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. All were offered chemoprevention, and 54.4% agreed to begin therapy.

Moffitt researcher has unconventional weapon in war on cancer: math
Tampa Bay Times – Dec. 28
It’s an insight that Gatenby, a researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center, takes to heart in his own work. He and a small group of colleagues believe we should be managing certain aggressive cancers, not trying fruitlessly to annihilate them.

Fort Myers man, others help to improve lives
News-Press – Dec. 28
Boni went into remission, but the cancer came back. This time it was worse. It meant treatments at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Richard took her to every treatment. She would be there for hours with chemo. Richard would drop her off, go visit a daughter in Tampa, then come pick her up when she was ready. 

LRMC ranked for women's health services
Daily Commercial – Dec. 26
Other Florida hospitals making the list were: Baptist Medical Center of Jacksonville, Florida Hospital Orlando, H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research of Tampa, Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, Holy Cross Hospital of Fort Lauderdale, Martin Memorial Medical Center of Stuart, Memorial Regional Hospital of Hollywood, Mercy Hospital of Miami, Munroe Regional Medical Center of Ocala, Palmetto General Hospital of Hialeah and Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Three USF innovators receive national honor
The Tampa Tribune – Dec. 25
Five USF professors, along with the head of Moffitt Cancer Center who holds a joint appointment to USF, were recognized as charter fellows in the academy’s first class last year.

Jennifer Greenman
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Dec. 24
Greenman will provide leadership and strategic direction for technology initiatives that support Moffitt’s mission to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. 

Joanna Weiss
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Dec. 24
Weiss will work to realign Moffitt’s revenue cycle system to improve the patient experience and reduce gaps in process controls. 

Angel Tree illuminates the spirit of giving
The Observer News – Dec. 24
The charitable activities of the Valencia Lakes Women’s Club doesn’t end with Christmas. They sponsor a variety of events throughout the year, including the “Cancer Walk” in November, which raised $20,000 for the Moffitt Cancer Center, and scholarship-funding events, raising $10,000 that was awarded to local students last year. 

International Mesothelioma Conference Raises Hope for Better Treatment – Dec. 23
One example of targeted therapy is a study we are offering at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. The study involves a new drug being used for mesothelioma patients who already received at least four cycles of standard chemotherapy. 

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY)’s Skin Cancer Drug Opdivo – Dec. 23
“The approval of Opdivo gives patients and physicians an important new treatment option for a population where they were once very limited,” said Jeffrey Weber, director of the Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center at Moffitt Cancer Center. 

FDA Approves Nivolumab for Advanced Melanoma
OncLive – Dec. 22
“The approval of Opdivo gives patients and physicians an important new treatment option for a population where they were once very limited,” CheckMate-037 lead investigator Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, director of the Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center at Moffitt Cancer Center, said in a statement.

Breast Cancer in Men Requires Different Approach Than in Women
Medscape – Dec. 22
Given the rarity of male breast cancer, the size of the sample and the wealth of information provided were impressive, said John V. Kiluk, MD, FACS, associate member of the comprehensive breast program at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Keiser University specialty license plate hits the road
Orlando Sentinel – Dec. 22
The three others from 2014 are the Fallen Law Enforcement Officers, Florida Sheriffs Association and Moffitt Cancer Center. Moffitt is closest with 730 presales, while the Florida Sheriff's plate has 470 presales while the Fallen Law Enforcement Officers plate has 341 presales. The 2014-approved plates have until June 30, 2016 to reach the 1,000-plate requirement.