September 19, 2014

Dr. Louis Harrison
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Sept. 19
Harrison has joined Moffitt Cancer Center as chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, and senior member. He is an internationally recognized and extensively published expert in the areas of head and neck cancer, sarcomas and intraoperative brachytherapy.

Fresh Approaches for Treating Micro-Metastatic Melanoma Explored
OncLive – Sept. 18
Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, Director, Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 18
Networking and finessing a mostly millennial crowd bursting for a good time kept the Bay Area Advisors hustling at Martinis for Moffitt.

Surviving cancer seminar
The Laker/Lutz News – Sept. 18
Dr. Roberto Diaz from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute will speak about surviving cancer Sept. 25 at 7 p.m., at Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz.

Why high-profile journals have more retractions
Nature – Sept. 17
David Basanta, a cancer researcher at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, responded on Twitter: “A case could be made that more people try to replicate the results.”

Research Shows Promise of Genomic Testing to Predict Whether Cancer Patients Benefit from Radiation
GenomeWeb – Sept. 17
At the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation and Oncology's annual meeting in San Francisco this week, Moffitt researchers discussed multiple studies on a 10-gene expression classifier, called InterveneXRT, that they believe can be used to personalize radiation therapy for patients with different tumor types. 

One Question, One Minute with Laser Spine’s Clint Borm (Video)
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Sept. 17
Laser Spine Institute VP for Business Development Clint Borm hosted 35 health care executives from around the world at LSI on Tuesday as part of MediFuture’s immersive experience. Other participating locations for the tour included Moffitt Cancer Center M2Gen, Florida Blue Retail Center, and USF Health’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.

USF pulls out of its $4 million specialty care clinic at the Villages
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 17
He and Wolfson blame some of the controversy surrounding cuts to Medicare Advantage plans, as well as news that United was dropping popular hospitals, including Moffitt Cancer Center, from its networks.

Dining specials that benefit nonprofits continue
The Longboat Observer – Sept. 17
Participating nonprofits for the St. Armands Circle restaurants are All Faiths Food Bank, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Cat Depot, Foundation for Dreams, Lifelong Learning Academy, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Moffitt Cancer Center, Mote Marine Laboratory, Second Chance Last Opportunity, Suncoast Charities for Children, Sunshine From Darkness, The Players and Tidewell Hospice & Palliative Care.

New Genes for Prostate Cancer Risk, Hope for Screening Test
Medscape – Sept. 16
“Using the information, we may more accurately predict the risk for prostate cancer in men compared with the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test that is currently routinely used and is associated with a high level of false positives,” Jong Park, PhD, associate member of the Cancer Epidemiology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, who is a coauthor of the study, told Medscape Medical News.

Incidence of pediatric melanoma on the rise
Dermatology Times – Sept. 16
Clinicians have to consider actions to avoid the potential for mortality if melanoma is suspected in pediatric cases, and they should be cognizant that pediatric melanoma cases represent a very heterogeneous group of patients, according to the chairman of the department of cutaneous oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.

Longoria nominated for Roberto Clemente Award
WTSP, 10 News – Sept. 16
Evan has served as an ambassador for Moffitt Cancer Center, the leading cancer research and treatment facility in the state of Florida. As the captain of Team-Longo, Evan participates annually in Miles for Moffitt, a fundraiser for Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Rays’ Longoria hoping to pick Derek Jeter’s brain
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 16
Longoria, who will be recognized in a pregame ceremony today, has been involved in raising money and awareness for the Moffitt Cancer Center, Red Bull's Tampa Got Wings program and the PetPal Animal Shelter.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 17
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 16
Crack Up Cancer: This benefit for Moffitt Cancer Center and the St. Petersburg YMCA features comedians Dean Napolitano, Tim Pulnik, Steve Netta, John Jacobs, Tony Gaud and Chris Matson. Raffles will take place before the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. at Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $25. (813) 864-4000.

Check out wellness events to stay healthy
Orlando Sentinel – Sept. 16
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.

ASTRO Quick Take: Large-Scale Evaluation of a Molecular Signature of Tumor Intrinsic Radiosensitivity in Solid Tumors
MedPage Today – Sept. 15
“So essentially what we have done is developed a genomic signature of tumor radiosensitivity. I’m a radiation oncologist and I’m deeply interested in how we can develop more precise approaches to the delivery of radiation therapy based on the tumor biology or genomics,” said Javier Torres-Roca, M.D., associate professor of oncologic sciences at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

Moffitt Appoints Louis B. Harrison, MD, New Chair, Radiation Oncology
The ASCO Post – Sept. 15
Louis B. Harrison, MD, has joined Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa as Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, and Senior Member.

Breast cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence
Orlando Sentinel – Sept. 15
Dr. Jennifer Drukteinis, assistant member of Tampa’s Moffitt s Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Radiology Department the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Florida said the USPSTF is the only consensus group in the nation with this age recommendation.

Moffitt Doctor Spearheads Sunshine Project, Pediatric Cancer Foundation Lab
FloridaMD – Sept. 15
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation recognizes this need, and is working together in partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center to eliminate childhood cancer.

The 8th Annual Crack up Cancer Comedy Benefit returns to the Tampa Improv
WTSP, 10 News – Sept. 15
100% of the profits of the show benefits local cancer patients through Moffitt Cancer Center and St. Petersburg YMCA Livestrong Program. Tickets for the show are $20 and can be purchased online at

The Laugh Tract — who's bringing the funny
Creative Loafing – Sept. 15
Crack Up Cancer at Tampa Improv. As the name implies, this is a benefit show for those battling cancer — specifically, patients at Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children's Hospital.

Family Is Grateful for Newspaper Program
The Ledger – Sept. 14
Genetically predisposed to cancer, Cindy Sconyers lives a day at a time. First diagnosed in 2006, the Auburndale woman has battled the disease with prayer and the ongoing services of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Cancer patient’s art shows raging battle, beauty of hope
Bay News 9 – Sept. 13
The collection is currently on display at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Healing Arts Gallery.

Cancer patient's art shows raging battle, beauty of hope
Bay News 9 – Sept. 13
Ray Paul shows his collection, My Sarcoma, an exhibit on display at Moffitt Cancer Center’s Healing Arts Gallery. The paintings show his own cancer cells.

FDA approves first-of-its-kind melanoma drug
WTSP, 10 News – Sept. 12
Dr. Jeffrey Weber is the director of the Donald A. Adam Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center of Excellence at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. He was one of the lead investigators of the PD-1 clinical trial which led to the drug receiving breakthrough status from the FDA. 

Study shows volunteering increases older adults’ health, happiness
The Villages Daily Sun – Sept. 12
Kronk recruits musicians and coordinates the schedules for the 50 who play at both the main lobby and Moffitt Cancer Center, keeping her sharp, active and fulfilled.

Guidelines Void Exists for At-Risk Young Women
Clinical Oncology News – September 2014
Tuya Pal, MD, FACMG, a board-certified clinical geneticist at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla., who was not involved with the research, said the study’s take-away message is that HBOC guidelines for young women need to be developed.


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