October 24, 2014

Alcohol and HPV in Men: What’s the Relationship Between Them?
EmpowHER – Oct. 23
Men who drink more alcohol have a greater risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, according to a recent study by Moffitt Cancer Center researchers.

HPV and drinking
HHS HealthBeat – Oct. 23
A study indicates men who drink more have a higher risk of human papillomavirus, or HPV, infection – which can cause cancer. At the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, researcher Matthew Schabath saw this in data on more than 1,300 Florida men.

Breast cancer community health event includes free lunch
The Tampa Tribune “Free and Cheap” blog – Oct. 23
Moffitt Cancer Center is offering a free community event to bring attention to breast health this week. ‘A Crucial Catch Day - Your Day to Fight Breast Cancer’ is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Personal Health Record provider CareSync raises $4.25 million for national expansion
MedCityNews.com – Oct. 22
Its enterprise business has been more regional, but strategic partners include Validic, which aggregates data from wearables and medical devices, Global Genes, Cure JM (Juvenile Myocitis), and Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Upscale Event Designed To Raise Funds, Awareness Of Lung Cancer
Osprey Observer – Oct. 22
The Ribbon Is White-Bring It To Light directly benefits Moffitt Cancer Center’s Prelude to A Cure, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, a vision of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Dr. Lary Robinson, senior member of thoracic surgery and Dr. Scot Antonia, chairman of the department of thoracic oncology. It is a grassroots organization designed to raise funds for Young Investigator Research Grants.

Tampa Cancer Fighter reacts to death with dignity
WFLA, News Channel 8 – Oct. 22
Michelle’s gained fans and friends all over the country with her fighter mentality. She has almost 6,000 likes on Facebook. She gets mail from people she doesn’t even know. She respects that Maynard is also making her battle public. Recently, after chemo and radiation didn’t help, Michelle joined a clinical trial at Moffitt Cancer Center. 

For the 6th time, at least, Rick Scott tells us there was $80 million in the budget for cancer funding
Tampa Bay Times “The Buzz” blog – Oct. 21
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa will get $25.5 million, the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will receive $16 million and the University of Florida Health Cancer Center gets $18.5 million. Combined with another $20 million in state dollars for two cancer research grant programs, and that adds up to $80 million in state dollars for cancer research.

Moffitt to get more than $25M to facilitate cancer care in Florida
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Oct. 21
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa will receive the largest portion of $25.5 million, while Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami will get $16 million and the University of Florida Health Cancer Center will get $18.5 million, according to a statement from the Gov. Rick Scott’s office.

Fiorentino chronicles her breast cancer battle in cartoons
The Suncoast News – Oct. 21
The “phenomenal” Susan Hoover, a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, displays a “fabulous” sense of humor that helped put Fiorentino at ease. Just before Fiorentino’s surgery, Hoover kidded that she had written crib notes for all of the procedures on her hand.

Check out wellness events to stay healthy
Orlando Sentinel – Oct. 21
Living With Advanced Cancer: 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. First and third Fridays of the month. Moffitt Cancer Center in The Villages. Pre-registration is required. Call 800-227-2345.

Lake businesses raise funds, awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Daily Commercial – Oct. 19
“I think what makes this month so important is that we are able to do so much if we can detect breast cancer early and I think what October does is it gets it out there to the public,” said Beth Jernigan, the cancer center administrator for Central Florida Health Alliance’s Moffitt Cancer Center at The Villages Regional Hospital. The cancer center also serves Leesburg Regional Medical Center.

Improving Outcomes with Personalized Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients
Florida MD – Oct. 18
In addition to the gold standard of conventional whole breast radiation, given over 6 weeks, the Moffitt Cancer Center has been offering appropriately selected candidates shorter courses of radiation after lumpectomy including hypofractionated whole breast radiation therapy over 3-4 weeks, accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) over 1 week and intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) given in 1 treatment while the patient is still under anesthesia at time of lumpectomy.

Human Papillomavirus and Overall Survival After Progression of Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Journal of Clinical Oncology – Oct. 18
Risk of cancer progression is reduced for patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) –positive oropharynx cancer (OPC) relative to HPV-negative OPC, but it is unknown whether risk of death after progression is similarly reduced.

Coming Up with Better Ways to Hasten Healing
Innovation Online – Oct. 17
Since the Livermore microbial detection array technology was announced in 2010, the team has garnered more than 30 different collaborators from seven countries. Its partners include four pharmaceutical companies (Merck, Eli Lilly, Bayer Healthcare and Baxter Biopharmaceuticals) and several research centers, including the San Francisco-based Blood Systems Research Institute, the Naval Medical Research Center and the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Hospitals Urge Drug Maker to Reverse Policy On Supplying Avastin, Rituxan, & Herceptin
The Cancer Letter – Oct. 16
In protest, Moffitt Cancer Center and Ascension, a Catholic health system that operates 1,900 sites of care nationwide, said separately that they would no longer allow Genentech sales reps to enter their facilities.


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