April 3, 2015

Personalized Cancer Vaccines
The Scientist – April 2
“Scientifically and immunologically, this was a tour de force as the first example of a personalized vaccine strategy,” said Jeffrey Weber, a tumor immunologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, who also was not involved in the study.

Experimental Melanoma Vaccine Shows Early Promise
HealthDay News – April 2
“This is a proof-of-concept” study, explained Dr. Jeffrey Weber, a researcher at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla., who was not involved in the study. “Clinically, it’s very hard to say right now if this has a future,” said Weber, who studies cancer immunotherapy -- a general term for treatments that enhance the immune system’s ability to fight cancer.

North Shore-LIJ inks deal to create new cancer research center
Modern Healthcare – April 2
News of the affiliation was just one of several recent developments in cancer research and treatment. Others include the naming of Dr. Douglas Lowy as acting director of the National Cancer Institute, and expansion of an existing cancer-research affiliation to include four new members between Ohio State University in Columbus and Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center.

Sylvester Cancer Center receives excellence award from the state
The Miami Herald – April 2
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville and University of Florida Health Cancer Center in Gainesville, which includes UF Health Shands Hospital, the UF Health Proton Therapy Institute and Orlando Health’s Orlando Regional Medical Center, also received the distinction last week.

HDAC inhibitors still need a home run, despite recent approval
Nature Review Drug Discovery – April 1
“Early work in the field focused on using HDAC inhibitors to reactivate gene expression of cell cycle regulatory proteins to slow down cell growth,” says Ed Seto, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, USA, who is working to understand the roles of the individual HDACs. “We and others have more recently found that HDACs can also regulate many more pathways, such as those of the immune system.” 

Nivolumab demonstrates superiority to chemotherapy for advanced melanoma
HemOnc Today – March 31
“Nivolumab is clearly a superior choice in term of response rate and toxicity to chemotherapy for patients who have failed prior ipilimumab, or ipilimumab and aBRAF inhibitor if the patient is BRAF-mutated,” study researcher Jeffrey S. Weber, MD, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, told HemOnc Today.

Health Notes: Mayo Clinic, UF Proton Therapy Institute are among state-designated Cancer Centers of Excellence
The Florida Times-Union – March 31
The recipients are the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville; the University of Florida Health Cancer Center, which includes the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville, the UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and Orlando Health’s Orlando Regional Medical Center; the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa; and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

MD Anderson names Hwu as head of Cancer Medicine
Houston Medical Journal – March 31
An internationally recognized cancer leader, Hwu serves on the advisory board for a number of institutions including the Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Florida Matters: Cancer Town Hall
Florida Matters – March 30
Florida Matters hosted a preview of the film and a town hall discussion on cancer, and we're bringing you highlights of the discussion taped on location at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa with cancer patient and survivor Joshua Rivera, Dr. John Cleveland and Dr. Nam Tran. This special edition of Florida Matters will air Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 5 at 7:30 a.m. on WUSF 89.7 FM. 

Florida Matters Preview: Cancer Town Hall
WUSF News – March 30
Florida Matters hosted a preview of the film and a town hall discussion on cancer, and we’re bringing you highlights of the discussion taped on location at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa with cancer patient and survivor Joshua Rivera, Dr. John Cleveland and Dr. Nam Tran. 

UM’s cancer center recognized for excellence by Governor Scott
South Florida Business Journal – March 30
The other three recipients were Tampa’s H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic Florida and Gainesville’s University of Florida Health Cancer Center.

Novel Agents, Combinations on Horizon for MCL
OncLive – March 30
Researchers are also diving deeper into the concept of maintenance therapy and targeted therapeutic inductions in the frontline setting for patients with MCL, according to Bijal D. Shah, MD. In an interview with OncLive, Shah, medical oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, discussed some of these targeted agents and exactly how the treatment paradigm is poised to change for patients with MCL.

Carbone, first female president of Wake Forest Baptist Health, steps down
Winston-Salem Journal – March 30
Cheryl Locke, vice president and chief human resources officer, will leave in May for a position at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. She has been with the medical center since October 2008.

Tampa Bay hospitals deny gender pay gap for nurses (w/video)
Tampa Bay Times – March 29
“I’ve worked at a couple area hospitals, and I don’t think there’s a disparity at all,” said Vikki Pinkos, a registered nurse at Moffitt Cancer Center and president of the bay area chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

UF Health Cancer Center gets state award
Orlando Sentinel – March 29
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Mayo Clinic Florida, and University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center were the other award …

When Time Doesn’t Heal
Cancer Today – March 26
There are also a few survivorship clinics that exist solely to follow cancer survivors beyond cancer treatment. For example, if you are being treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, you can come back and utilize their survivor clinic and see a primary care provider. That person knows about your cancer and treatment, and can probably do a better job of responding to cancer-related problems.

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