March 14, 2014

Medicare Changes Prompt Enrollees to Reconsider Plans
The New York Times – March 13
United Healthcare cut 10 to 15 percent of providers from its Medicare Advantage networks last year, including the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and the Yale Medical Group in New Haven, which has more than 1,000 physicians.

Alderman family says thanks
The Star (Port St. Joe, Fla.) – March 13
Rhonda was recently diagnosed with stage IV melanoma and all the support will help towards travel expense to and from Moffitt Cancer Center.

McLaren welcomes oncologist to medical staff
The Davison Index (Davison, Mich.) – March 13
Dr. Maunglay completed a fellowship in hematology and oncology at H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

Two new drugs are helping those with metastatic melanoma
WNDU (South Bend, Ind.) via Ivanhoe Broadcast News – March 11
Doctor Jeffrey Weber, Director of the Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center at Moffitt Cancer Center says, “You’re better off today with our new repertoire of drugs than people ever were in the past.”

Funding squeeze crushes cancer research careers
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 11
“Draconian” cuts by the National Cancer Institute have reduced the chances of receiving research funding from about one in five a decade or so ago to less than one in ten now, said Dr. Javier Torres-Roca, radiation oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center and co-founder and chief scientific officer of molecular diagnostics company Cvergenx Inc.

Bill to ban E-cigarettes for minors goes to the Florida Senate
WEAR, ABC 3 (Pensacola) – March 11
“The risks associated with nicotine include links to heart disease and blood pressure and, according to Moffitt Cancer Center, nicotine could disrupt brain development in adolescents.”

Hillsborough County Grants More Than $200K To Local Tech Events
83 Degrees – March 11
Some of the latest round of funding will go toward programs and events already well-established within the Tampa Bay community, such as Startup Weekend Tampa Bay 2014 in March, monthly StartupGrind events, and the Moffitt Cancer Center's Business of BioTech 2014.

Gov. Scott announces $80 million plan for cancer research funding
Orlando Sentinel – March 10
Currently Florida has only one cancer center designated by the National Institutes of Health, the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Medical experts share tips in battle against cancer
The Clarion-Ledger – March 10
“I tell women that if cancer is more aggressive in black women, then you have to be more aggressive in taking care of yourself,” said B. Lee Green Jr., vice president of the Office of Institutional Diversity at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla.

Fire Fighters Participate In ‘Fight For Air’ Climb To Support Charity
Osprey Observer – March 10
Her reason for participating is because a lot of the money raised goes back to Moffitt and cancer research.

Lakewood Ranch-based Center for Building Hope ventures into business world
Bradenton.com – March 10
The center would partner with Ringling College of Art and Design and Moffitt Cancer Center in the network, according to the statement.

Latvala honored with Moffitt Award
The Tampa Tribune – March 9
State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, received the 2014 Moffitt Momentum Award.

Medicare HMO plan drops popular doctor, leaving patients to wonder why
Tampa Bay Times – March 7
Last year during open enrollment, UnitedHealthcare dropped thousands of doctors and a number of prominent hospitals, including H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, from its Medicare plan networks.

ONLINE FIRST: How I Treat Patients with Surgically Resectable Brain Cancers
Oncology Times – March 6
BY ARNOLD B. ETAME, MD, PHD, Moffitt Cancer Center

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