October 10, 2014

Nivolumab shows signs of superior response rate compared with standard chemotherapy in advanced melanoma
Oncology Nurse Advisor - Oct. 10
"Previously-treated advanced melanoma patients have limited options," said the study's principal investigator, Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD, and Director of the Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center of Excellence at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.

Risk and Benefit of Phase 1 Clinical Trial Participation
Medscape - Oct. 10
The results from phase 1 clinical trials can allow new treatments to progress further in drug development or halt that process altogether. At the forefront of phase 1 clinical trials is the safety of every patient participant, which is particularly true when testing new oncologic treatments in which patients may risk potentially toxic treatments in the hope of slowing the progression of or even curing their disease. (From Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center)

BRAF/MEK Increases Overall Survival in Melanoma
Medscape - Oct. 10
The first study is a phase 3 randomized trialof nivolumab vs investigator's choice of chemotherapy in patients who had previously received and progressed on ipilimumab. The findings were presented by Dr Jeffery Weber from the Moffitt Cancer Center.

PD-1 Blocker Class Will Shake Up Melanoma Treatment
ClinicalOncology.com -  Oct. 10
Stressing the efficacy of this new class of agents in an interview, Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD, a melanoma expert from the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla., said, “PD-1 blockers are great drugs.” Both nivolumab and pembrolizumab, he said, have impressive anti-melanoma activity, with low toxicity, high overall response rates and a long duration of response.

Stocks to Watch
WallStreet Scope - Oct. 10
On Oct 02, Delcath Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCTH) announced the opening of its United States (U.S.) Clinical Development Program for first-line treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or primary liver cancer. Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida is the first U.S. center to open for patient enrollment. On last trading day Delcath Systems, Inc.

Insidious bone cancer often leaves young people with little hope
FOX 13 – Oct. 8
"This is life or death. It's worse than a lot of adult cancers, especially when those are caught early," says doctor Damon Reed, an oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center. He treats Faith's cancer at All Children's Hospital.

Pink pizza boxes help fight breast cancer
Tampa Tribune – Oct. 8
“We’re proud to announce (Love, Hope & Pizza) has made possible a new partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center,” said Janelle Hail, founder and CEO of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cisco revamps WebEx platform for unified conferencing
TechTarget – Oct. 8 
Cisco relaunched its WebEx platform to converge Web, video and audio conferencing and erase the technical headaches that come with virtual meetings. At the webinar, John Maass, manager of conferencing technology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., voiced his frustration with technical glitches as a conferencing customer. 

‘Place to heal: American Cancer Society, national foundation to build Hope Lodge in Jacksonville
The Florida Times-Union – Oct. 8
The society worked with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa.

Hungry Howie’s campaign brings dollars to Moffitt
WTSP 10 News – Oct. 7
It may seem like a strange mix, but during October, pizza and mammograms have something in common—they both fight breast cancer. And this year, some of those funds may benefit women right here in Tampa Bay. Moffitt Cancer Center expects to receive a grant from the NBCF to provide mammograms for women who can't afford them.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center names Dr. Shivakumar Vignesh Chief of GI
Becker’s ASC Review – Oct. 7
Prior to his new position, Dr. Vignesh directed the Advanced Endoscopic Oncology Fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., and served as director of the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine gastroenterology fellowship program.

What Makes a Successful P3?
GlobeSt.com – Oct. 7
Hames: We were building healthcare facilities when most competitors were pursuing other types of projects, so this has become a specialty of ours in Florida. We enjoy strong relationships with a number of the State’s largest providers, such as Tampa General, Moffitt Cancer Center, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and Broward Health.

High alcohol intake ups risk of HPV in men
Tech Times – Oct. 7
Alcohol consumption has been suggested to impair the immune system as it initially responds to and develops resulting immunity to an infection. Furthermore, habitual drinking has been shown to increase susceptibility to viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, septicaemia, and bacterial pneumonia. Because of these reasons, researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center wanted to explore the relationship between drinking patterns and HPV infections.

Latinos y el cáncer
WVEA Univision – Oct. 6
Se realizó en Moffitt Cáncer Center el evento Latinos y el Cáncer, una actividad que se realiza anualmente desde hace 5 años.

Plant City restaurant’s annual fundraiser to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center
The Tampa Tribune Plant City Courier – Oct. 6
All the proceeds from local Pink Ribbon Bagel purchases of the day will be donated to Moffitt Cancer Center toward breast cancer research and awareness. The restaurants also have donation boxes for contributions to the same cause.

Valencia Lakes West Women’s Club To Host Fifth Annual Walk For The Cure
Osprey Observer – Oct. 6
The Valencia Lakes West Women’s Club is gearing up for its fifth annual Walk for a Cure benefitting the Moffitt Cancer Center. The event will kick off on Friday, November 7 with Dance for the Cure. The southern rock band, The Kegg, will be performing.

Cisco Unveils Enhanced WebEx Collaboration Solution
eWeek.com – Oct. 6
During the WebEx conference, John Maass, manager of conferencing technologies at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, said collaboration platforms that are complex, time-consuming or unwieldy can keep people from using them. Doctors at the center in the past have complained about the difficulty in using conferencing technologies and have walked away from them.

Cisco’s Rowan Trollope says videoconferencing is a pain
FierceEnterprise Communications – Oct. 6
Trollope’s trials and tribulations were verified independently by guest speaker John Maass, who manages conferencing technology for Florida’s Moffitt Cancer Center. The collaboration aspect of any software, said Maass, is by nature cumbersome, but especially with respect to conferencing.

High Alcohol Consumption Linked To Increased Risk of HPV Infection In Men, Study Finds
Headlines & Global News – Oct. 6
A new study finds that men who drink more alcohol are at an increased risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The study was conducted by researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center.

Monday Profile: Polk County Firefighter Keeps Going by Keeping Busy
The Ledger – Oct. 5
“I live in the day and plan for the future,” he said. “If it wasn’t for going to Moffitt (Cancer Center in Tampa) every third week, I’d forget I have it.”

Hillsborough transit advocates hope for wins in Pinellas, Polk
Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 4
The Polk County plan, known as MyRide/MyRoad, would also establish a 1-cent sales tax to finance road maintenance, construction and transit options. The plan would fund a countywide bus system including service connecting Polk and Hillsborough counties through a route that goes to Lakeland, the James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa International Airport.

Tribune endorsement: Spano, Narain, Harrison, Grant for state House seats in Hillsborough
The Tampa Tribune – Oct. 4
We also admire how he defied party leadership and fought cuts to the Moffitt Cancer Center in 2011, a gutsy move that cost him a leadership position. Nevertheless, he’s been able to maintain state support for Moffitt.

Alcohol Consumption Linked to an Increased Risk of HPV in Men
University Herald – Oct. 4
High alcohol consumption may increase the risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in men, according to a recent study. Researchers from the Moffitt Cancer Center found that men who consume more alcohol have a greater risk of HPV, a common sexually transmitted virus, with more than six million new infections in the United States each year. 

Immunotherapy Combinations in Advanced Melanoma
OncLive – Oct. 3
Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD,Director, Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

ONLINE FIRST: Nivolumab Tops Chemotherapy in Advanced Melanoma
Oncology Times – Oct. 2
Treatment with nivolumab induced responses to the tumor in 32 percent of patients who had disease progression after first-line treatment with ipilimumab, while 11 percent of the patients undergoing chemotherapy had a response to treatment that met RECIST (Response Evaluation Criteria for Solid Tumors), said Jeffrey Weber, MD, Director of the Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center of Excellence at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.


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