August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

MicroRNA panel shows early potential as biomarker of pancreatic precancers
Medical Press – Aug. 28
"Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States," said Jennifer Permuth-Wey, PhD, assistant member in the Departments of Cancer Epidemiology and Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida

Pancreatic cancer blood test may enable early detection
Temple Terrace Patch – Aug. 27
A new blood test being developed by researchers at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center may hold the key to early detection of one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

Moffitt cancer researchers tackle pancreatic cancer
Lakeland Ledger - Aug. 27
One bright spot, you’ll discover as you read it, was meeting a 9-year pancreatic survivor. There aren’t many of those; its overall 5-year survival rate is lowest or among the lowest of cancers. Another note of optimism, although these advances take a long time to come to full use, are two research findings reported this month by Moffitt researchers.

Researchers develop value-based framework for cancer drug pricing
HemOnc Today – Aug. 27
As oncology drug costs rise, value-based pricing could allow clinicians to continue providing the most effective cancer care, Benjamin Djulbegovic, MD, PhD, distinguished professor and professor of medicine and oncology at University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center, wrote in an accompanying editorial.

Marketing agency FVM adds medical-tech startup Proscia as client
Pennsylvania Business Daily – Aug. 27
Proscia was founded in 2014 by technologists from Johns Hopkins, the Moffitt Cancer Center, the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Stanford University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Race and institutional factors play important roles in pharmacogenomics trial participation
Oncology Nurse Advisor – Aug. 27
The Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Florida) researchers wanted to evaluate the participation rate in the pharmacogenomic analysis portion of NCI-sponsored trials. 

Grant providing free mammograms for uninsured Floridians
Health News Florida – Aug. 26
In Tampa, a $25,000 grant helps Moffitt Cancer Center  offer 200 low-income, uninsured women free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services.

Tampa ranks as top place to retire, study says
SaintPetersBlog – Aug. 26
That could be part of Tampa’s appeal considering its access to quality veteran’s health services, Moffitt Cancer Center and a robust USF health system rapidly growing each year.

Benefit concert for cancer patient Tim Weir of Tim Weir Music
Osprey Observer – Aug. 26
Weir’s wife Michele said that once they understood Tim’s diagnosis, they contacted Moffitt Cancer Center to see if there were any studies he could enroll in. “We know we can’t help him, but hopefully studying his rare condition can help others someday,” Michele said. Moffitt immediately accepted him and found a bed for him in mere days. 

Moffitt’s AYA
Fox 13 – Aug. 26
Moffitt treats more than 100 young adult patients every day.  Jacqueline is one of them and helped in the design of the lounge. She says time almost stands still in a hospital room.

New Moffitt study finds black women have higher frequency of BRCA mutations than previously reported
eCancer News – Aug. 26
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers recently conducted the largest US based study of BRCA mutation frequency in young black women diagnosed with breast cancer at or below age 50 and discovered they have a much higher BRCA mutation frequency than that previously reported among young white women with breast cancer.

Gwendolyn P. Quinn on the need to educate health care providers on reproductive health
CURE Today – Aug. 25
Gwendolyn P. Quinn, member, Moffitt Cancer Center, comments on the need to educate all health care providers — especially those caring for patients with cancer — on sexual and reproductive health. 

Women’s health and cervical cancer
The Mountain Mail – Aug. 25
Anna Giuliano, a cancer researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center, poses the question: “Let’s say we have a vaccine to prevent breast or prostate cancer. Do you think we would have pushback?”

APOS announces 2015 Award Winners at the World Congress of Psycho-Oncology
The ASCO Post – Aug. 25
Outstanding Education and Training Award: Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD
Dr. Quinn is a Senior Member in the Health Outcomes and Behavior Program of the H.L. Moffitt Cancer Center and Director of the Survey Methods Core. She is Professor in the Department of Oncologic Sciences at the Morsani College of Medicine and the Department of Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida.

Lakeridge winery hosts corks for cancer fest Sept. 12 and 13
Orlando Sentinel – Aug. 25
A $2 donation at the gate will benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center and parking is free for all guests.

Internship fair brings employers to campus
The Oracle – Aug. 25
Sixty-four businesses are slotted to appear at the fair, including Target, Ross, Moffitt Cancer Center, Aramark, Accent Health and Ashley Furniture Homestore.

 

Aetna and UChicago Medicine launch Oncology Medical Home
AIS Health – August 2015
The partnership is not the first oncology medical home arrangement into which Aetna has entered. For instance, since 2013 it has worked with Pennsylvania’s Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology, PC, which was the first oncology practice that the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognized as a level III patient-centered medical home. And in April Aetna said it had launched an oncology medical home in February with Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida.

Daily alcohol consumption increases risk of cancer
Celeb Café – Aug. 24
Susan Minton, DO, clinical director of breast medical oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center, tells Yahoo Health the findings are important, but they don’t mean that women should do nothing if they receive a DCIS diagnosis.

Religiousness and spirituality have a significant impact on cancer patients’ overall health and outcomes
Oncology Nurse Advisor – Aug. 24
“These relationships were particularly strong in patients who experienced greater emotional aspects of religion and spirituality, including a sense of meaning and purpose in life as well as a connection to a source larger than oneself,” said lead author Heather Jim, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Cuba’s medical breakthroughs have caught U.S. attention
Democratic Underground – Aug. 23
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa is one American institution that has expressed interest in the Cuban drug CimaVax, recently sending representatives to the island nation. In addition, an unnamed Tampa medical center is said to be interested in bringing doctors here from Cuba. And local cancer survivors and their families are traveling to Cuba to learn more from their counterparts there. 

Spiritual strength during illness
Conscious Living TV – Aug. 23
"These relationships were particularly strong in patients who experienced greater emotional aspects of religion and spirituality, including a sense of meaning and purpose in life as well as a connection to a source larger than oneself," said lead author Heather Jim, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa in a news release. 

Study calls early stage breast cancer treatment into question
Yahoo New Zealand – Aug. 22
Susan Minton, clinical director of breast medical oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center, tells Yahoo Health the findings are important, but they don’t mean that women should do nothing if they receive a DCIS diagnosis.

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