January 24, 2014

Update from Lynn Schuchter on the Fertile Field of Melanoma Treatments
Oncology Times – Jan. 25
Vernon Sondak, MD, Chief of the Division of Cutaneous Oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, asked from the audience what proportion of patients treated with all appropriate drugs would eventually become refractory.

Weston bans sale of e-cigarettes to minors
Sun-Sentinel – Jan. 21
“On one hand they might be very useful for smoking cessation,” said Thomas Brandon, director of the Tobacco Research and Intervention Program at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center.

UF Health, Orlando Health partner in cancer care
Jacksonville Business Journal – Jan. 21
Currently, the only such center in Florida is the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

New Assay Predicts Treatment Resistance in Esophageal Cancer
Medscape – Jan. 21
“We have some data from M.D. Anderson and some from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, that show that treatment delays in resistant patients can be deleterious to their health.”

Quick Hits From GiCS: Aspirin, Bowel Habits, and Sleep
MedPage Today – Jan. 21
Identified from a review of records on almost 1,600 patients in Australia and the U.S., the 185 patients with PIK3CA-mutant colorectal cancer is the largest evaluation to date of aspirin's effect in the subgroup, Nishi Kothari, MD, of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., reported here at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.

Aspirin didn’t extend survival in PIK3CA-mutant colorectal cancer
The Oncology Report – Jan. 21
Users and nonusers were statistically indistinguishable with respect to a variety of recurrence- and survival-related outcomes, according to first author Dr. Nishi Kothari of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.

Moffitt Cancer Center's SPARK Offers Internships
83 Degrees – Jan. 21
Moffitt Cancer Center’s Summer Program for the Advancement of Research Knowledge (SPARK) is helping to stimulate and strengthen medical innovation by preparing student interns for career growth in cancer research and biomedical science.

Otto: Former tennis player’s life linked to Tampa
The Tampa Tribune – Jan. 19
Eventually Jaeger came to Tampa where she got a job in an office and continued her volunteer work out at Moffitt.

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