April 17, 2015

Doctors match cancer treatment to patient’s genetic makeup
FOX-13 – April 23
“She’s doing fantastic. Her last scans show no evidence of disease, and I think her quality of life is excellent,” said Dr. Eric Haura, Gail's oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Amy Scherzer’s Diary: Weekly wrapup of the Tampa social scene
Tampa Bay Times – April 23
Earth Wind & Fire grooved its greatest hits, rewarding elated Magnolia Ball guests for raising $3,270,775 to expand research and treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Carol and Frank Morsani started the gala appeal with an offer to match the first $500,000. As donors' names flashed across video screens, CEO Dr. Alan List popped up to announce another $500,000 pledge, this one from Jeff and Penny Vinik who were off celebrating the Tampa Bay Lighting win Saturday.

Aetna’s oncology medical home will ‘define the value of care’
Fierce Health Payer – April 22
Aetna has teamed with Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center to create an oncology medical home which intends to improve the care experience for cancer patients, the two organizations have announced. Aetna covers nearly 1.5 million Floridians and adopted the medical home oncology model back in 2013, according to Healthcare Payer News.

Toxicity of Immunotherapies in Melanoma
Targeted Oncology – April 22
Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, a senior member at Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses toxicities associated with immunotherapies for the treatment of patients with melanoma.

Rays team up with Miles for Moffitt on April 26
Tampa Bay Newspapers – April 22
Moffitt Cancer Center and the Tampa Bay Rays will host Miles for Moffitt Day Sunday, April 26. The game will highlight Miles for Moffitt, an annual race event that supports vital cancer research in the Tampa Bay area. The Rays will take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

A cut above for a cure
The Tampa Tribune – April 22
The Veredus Cut for a Cure Charity Challenge, presented by Carrabba’s Italian Grill, turned into a mow-off between Cigar City Brewing, Barley Mow Brewing Company and Tangent Brewing. Other sponsors included Veredus, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Sport Clips Haircuts, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Moffitt Cancer Center and USAmeribank, with all the benefits going to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Aetna sees promise in oncology medical home
Healthcare Payer News – April 21
Aetna and the Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center have created an “oncology medical home,” aimed at addressing “rising health care costs, clinical inefficiency and duplication of services, and to make it easier for people to get the care they need,” the organizations said.

Role of Transplant in Acute Myeloid Leukemia
OncLive – April 21
Jeffrey Lancet, MD,Professor of Oncologic Science and Section Chief for Leukemia, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Tampa, Florida

Physician assistants and nurse practitioners want right to write scripts for controlled meds
ABC Action News – April 20
Sam Vafadar is a certified physician assistant at Moffitt Cancer Center specializing in thoracic medical oncology, or lung cancer. His patients are often in pain and he feels he is restricted in his ability to take care of their problems.

USF hosts diversity summit
WTSP, 10 News – April 20
The two were joined by professors and leaders from Moffitt Cancer Center and Hillsborough County among many other community leaders.

Orlando Health’s New CEO Makes His First Public Appearance
Health News Florida – April 20
The UF Health Cancer Center is one of four across the state to get an excellence designation.  Others include: the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Mayo Clinic Florida, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Drug Shows Early Promise for Advanced Lung Cancer
HealthDay – April 19
“The durability of these responses is impressive,” said Creelan, who is with the thoracic oncology program at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla.

Dick Greco’s move reflects a shift in attitudes
Tampa Bay Times – April 17
Lorna Taylor, 57, is on the move a lot, too. She lives on Snell Isle in St. Petersburg, is CEO of Premier Eye Care in South Tampa and serves on boards for the Moffitt Cancer Center, Dali Museum and Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts. But she’s encountered ossified attitudes.

Trigaux: A deeper bench of Tampa Bay startups, but entrepreneurs still voice needs
Tampa Bay Times – April 17
“Not all startups will succeed,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who spoke Friday at the ninth annual Business of Biotech conference held at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center. “But people need to know they can go across the street to get another job.”

Moffitt biotech conference: Opportunities ahead in personalized care, improved treatment diagnostics
Tampa Bay Business Journal – April 17
Gathered in an auditorium inside the Moffitt Cancer Center on University of South Florida’s Tampa campus, a panel titled “Raising Funds: What’s Trending Now” seemed optimistic on not only creating a livelihood in bioscience, but achieving major discovery.

Building Biotech Industry in Tampa
Newsradio 970 WFLA – April 17
Moffitt Cancer Center is hosting an all-day conference called “The Business of Biotech” today (Friday) at its Tampa headquarters. Biotech is one of the business sectors that's supposed to bring economic growth to the Tampa Bay area. 

5 things to start the day: Jameis Winston accuser takes her case to court and St. Pete to employers: pay up!
Tampa Bay Business Journal – April 17
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute is Tampa is one of four cancer facilities in Florida to be designated Florida Cancer Centers of Excellence by the State Surgeon General. It’s the first time the award was given out, according to the Jacksonville Business Journal. It was established in 2013 but this was the first time it was given out. Carrying high-profile designations often lends even more credibility to health care institutions and makes them more attractive to patients looking to receive the best care.


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