May 9, 2014

ASPO Annual Meeting Showcases Innovative Approaches to Cancer Prevention
Oncology Times – May 10
Expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act has given prevention a needed boost, noted Thomas A. Sellers, PhD, MPH, Director of Moffitt Cancer Center. 

More Bay area places banning e-cigarettes
WTSP, 10 News – May 9
Moffitt Cancer Center is one of them. It changed the no smoking policy four months ago to include e-cigarettes.

Save the date: May 9 – May 9
Proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research at Tampa H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Suncoast lung cancer survivor shares her story
WWSB, ABC 7 – May 8
Last Saturday, ABC 7’s Hayley Wielgus had the opportunity to attend the Moffitt Cancer Center Magnolia Ball, which raised $3 million for care, research, and programs that serve
those with cancer in Tampa Bay and on the Suncoast.

Marathon mom from Wesley Chapel runs as inspiration to her kids
Tampa Bay Times – May 8
As the daughter of a cancer survivor and a onetime patient service representative at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Trout feels she has a personal connection to people battling this disease.

Bevacizumab appears tolerable in cutaneous melanoma
Hem/Onc Today – May 8
In an accompanying editorial, Vernon K. Sondak, MD, and Geoffrey T. Gibney, MD, both of the department of cutaneous oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, wrote: “Although major gains have been shown in systemic treatments for metastatic melanoma, prevention of recurrence in high-risk resected patients remains a priority,” Sondak, a HemOnc Today Editorial Board member, and Gibney wrote.

Cancer survivor on a path to the cure
WTSP, 10 News – May 7
It’s one of the biggest fundraisers for cancer research here in the Bay area, and we hope you’ll put on your tennis shoes and come join us at the 9th annual Miles for Moffitt.

Moffitt director asks Congress to spend more on research
The Tampa Tribune – May 7
With Florida on its way to becoming the top state in the country in terms of cancer incidence and mortality, the director of the Moffitt Cancer Center went to the U.S. Senate Wednesday to plead for additional funding for biomedical research.

AACR Calls on Congress to Support Cancer Research Funding to Meet the Challenges of Our Aging Population
AACR in the News – May 7
Harold Varmus, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and Thomas A. Sellers, Ph.D., MPH, executive vice president and director of the Moffitt Research Institute at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and a former member of the AACR board of directors, will participate in a panel of distinguished scientists, advocates, and cancer survivors at a Senate Special Committee on Aging congressional hearing.

From left, National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus, …
AP Photo – May 7
From left, National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute Director Harold Varmus, actress and cancer survivor Valerie Harper, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Director Thomas Sellers, the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing Assistant Director and Co-Founder Mary Dempsey watch cancer survivor and advocate Chip Kennett, testifies at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing to examine the fight against cancer, focusing on challenges, progress, and promise, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Valerie Harper testifies about cancer research
USA Today – May 7
Actress Valerie Harper testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging about her battle with lung cancer that spread to her brain, and she asked Congress to allocate more dollars toward cancer research. (May 7) Video provided by AP Newslook

Bayer’s $14B Merck deal has no impact at M2Gen
Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 7
That’s according to Dr. William Dalton, CEO of M2Gen and director of The DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt Cancer Center.

How Much Do We Spend On Cancer Research? Questioning Funds For A Disease That Mainly Affects Those Over 65
Medical Daily – May 7
His thoughts were echoed in part by Dr. Thomas Sellers, director of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, who called for “bold thinking, innovation.”

New experimental drug may be game-changer for acute myeloid leukemia
Oncology Nurse Advisor – May 7
“Acute myeloid leukemia is an aggressive blood cancer with very low rates of treatment success, especially in older patients,” explained Jeffrey Lancet, MD, senior member of the Department of Malignant Hematology and chief of the Leukemia Section at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Sign up now for center soccer tournament fundraiser
The Islander (Anna Maria) – May 7
He recently underwent a challenging surgery and his oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa have prescribed aggressive treatment with Inlyta.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: roundup of Tampa social events
Tampa Bay Times – May 6
Score $3 million for Moffitt Cancer Center when retired NFL coach Don Shula announced a $1.5 million matching grant at the Magnolia Ball for patient care, education and research.

Why You Need a Skin Cancer Check (and Where You Can Get One For Free!)
SELF Magazine “Flash” blog – May 5
Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla., also operates a screening bus called the Mole Patrol in the state of Florida

T. Rowe Price ends plans to move to Pasco County, will remain in Tampa
Tampa Bay Times – May 5
Moffitt Cancer Center considered Pasco for a possible expansion but was outbid by Hillsborough in 2006. 

(AUDIO) The Current Features Miles for Moffitt & American Soldier Exhibition
CBS Radio – May 5
On Saturday, May 10th it’s the PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt 8K/5K/1 Mile/Wheelchair and Kids Dash with Raymond!

Senior Voice America – May 5
While it is Cinco de Mayo, it is also Melanoma Monday. Dr. Amod Sarnaik, Moffitt Cancer Center, joins us today to discuss what you should know about melanoma and why it is on the rise.

5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, May 5, 2014
ABC Action News – May 5
Doctors and skin cancer specialists from Florida Hospital Tampa, Baycare Hospitals and Moffitt Cancer Center will be at our studios.

Huey Lewis and The News help bring in big bucks for Moffitt
WTSP, 10 News – May 3
The band Huey Lewis and The News packed A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa to help raise big bucks for The Moffitt Cancer Center.

Florida Legislature 2014: What passed and what failed
Tampa Bay Times – May 3
SPECIALTY TAGS (PASSED): Creates specialty license tags for fallen police officers, Florida sheriffs, Moffitt Cancer Center and Keiser University. (SB 132)

Spending on classic cars adds to scrutiny of child porn trader
Tampa Bay Times – May 3
Judge Lazzara allowed Meister to remain on supervised release while appealing so he could be treated at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Lawmakers show Libertarian bent in election-year session
The Tampa Tribune – May 3
A bill (SB 132) OK’d plates to benefit Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center, Keiser University and fallen law enforcement officers.

Sales tax holidays, discounts cap Scott’s $500M tax cut plan
The Tampa Tribune – May 3
The package also allows local tourism development councils to share private information and distributes $5 million from cigarette taxes to Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. 

Computational Model Can Predict Therapy Outcomes in Prostate Cancer With Bone Metastasis
The ASCO Post – May 2
“By integrating mathematics with robust biological data, we are beginning to develop powerful tools that allow us to rapidly assess how factors contribute to prostate cancer progression in bone,” Arturo Araujo, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Integrated Mathematical Oncology at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, said in a statement.

Role of genomics in assessing risk, especially in ovarian cancer
ecancertv – May 1
Dr. Thomas Sellers – Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, USA


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