October 31, 2014

The HPV Vaccine’s Power to Prevent Cancer
U.S. News & World Report – Oct. 30
Anna Giuliano, a cancer researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, poses a question: “Let’s say we have a vaccine to prevent breast or prostate cancer. Do you think we would have any pushback?”

Help seniors get the most out of Medicare Advantage open enrollment
Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 30
Remember the uproar last year when United Healthcare dumped thousands of Florida doctors, as well as Moffitt Cancer Center and other providers, from its AARP managed-care plans?

ESMO: Cancer Immunotherapy on the Road
Drug Discovery & Development – Oct. 29
Results for this gravely ill patient population were impressive. There was a 32% response rate for nivolumab versus 11% for physicians’ choice. “And 95% of these responses are ongoing,” reported study investigator, Jeffrey Weber, MD, Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, adding that, “In my view nivolumab should replace chemotherapy in routine practice in second- or third-line treatment for melanoma patients.”

Patient-reported outcomes drive palliative care
The Oncology Report – Oct. 29
In a pilot study of the system with 23 breast cancer patients at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, and 18 patients with gynecologic cancers at the Billings Clinic, more than 90% of patients reported being satisfied with the system and said they would recommend it to others. Patients received a copy of the care plan on a flash drive or on paper if they preferred.

A good sport
Florida Trend – Oct. 28
Technology and life sciences have both become major hubs, drawing on the talent graduating from schools like the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College. USF has a major focus on medicine, where it is joined by specialists such as the Moffitt Cancer Center, the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa General, Florida Hospital and a dozen more.

Pink Heals surprise Hillsborough breast cancer survivor
WFLA, News Channel 8 – Oct. 27
The tour continued Monday at the Moffitt Cancer Center, before heading to Naples later in the week. 

It was chic to be in pink this month
Bright House Sports Network – Oct. 27
“It really is astounding,” said Susan Minton, medical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center. “I mean to have such young folks so knowledgeable about what a common cancer breast cancer is and to be out here and caring about doing something about it and then actually participating in it and getting excited about it and raising funds for breast cancer. I’m astounded at the maturity of the young people.”

Pink Fire Trucks at Moffitt Cancer Center
WTSP, 10 News – Oct. 27
This is part of the Pink Heals tour, which will be stopping by the Moffitt Cancer Center this morning at 10 a.m.

“Pink Heals” Tour Visits Moffitt Cancer Center
ABC Action News – Oct. 27
The Pink Heals vibrantly colored truck will be pulling into the Moffitt Cancer Center this afternoon.

Mark Sharpe recruiting Buddy Brew Coffee to open near USF
Tampa Bay Business Journal “Morning Edition” blog – Oct. 27
In 2011, four big players in North Tampa — USF, University Community Hospital, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Busch Gardens — formed the TIA to advance economic development in an area of the city that was alternately fatigued, blighted and dangerous. The organization has been essentially rudderless since an early burst of energy, and accomplished very little.

FDA approves Keytruda for skin cancer patients with inoperable melanoma
Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 26
It’s 10:30 on Wednesday morning and Carl Paulk is waiting patiently in a large lounge chair in the Clinical Research Unit at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. He makes the one-hour drive to Tampa every three weeks to have his blood drawn, see his doctor and wait for the okay to receive another dose of hope — a new drug called Keytruda.

A weapon in the fight against cancer, right here in Mobile: opinion
AL.com (Alabama Media Group) – Oct. 26
He rightly saw a gap in oncology research and treatment in the upper Gulf Coast corridor between MD Anderson in Houston and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and launched the most ambitious research growth initiative in the school’s history.  

Food dye threatens cancer biotechs’ business model
The Australian Business Review – Oct. 25
Last year, a study under the auspices of Florida’s Lee Moffitt Cancer Centre and Research Institute showed a diluted 10 per rose bengal solution (PV-10) had a regressive effect on mice bearing breast cancer or melanoma lesions.

Breast cancer survivor due to give birth soon
The Suncoast News – Oct. 24
“They feel like it’s their little girl, too,” Moodie commented with a chuckle about the American Cancer Society staff in Pasco who steadfastly stood by her through all her tribulations. She also expresses a lot of gratitude for the Moffitt Cancer Center staff.

Breast cancer survivor finds comfort in volunteering
The Herald News (Fall River, Mass.) – Oct. 24
“As the medical staff at Moffitt Cancer Center provided me with more information, I began to feel better regarding my treatment,” she said. “I was diagnosed, had surgery, and received treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.”


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