July 10, 2015

Beloved Plant City High teacher loses battle with cancer
Plant City Courier/Tampa Tribune – July 9
Rice, who spent all 28 years of her teaching career at Plant City High, died July 4 at Moffitt Cancer Center. She was 52.

Depression common after serious illness or medical treatments, and should be treated
Tampa Bay Times – July 9
Michele Tomas, a pancreatic cancer patient at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, developed depression soon after learning of her diagnosis in July 2014. Her oncologist put her on an antidepressant in November, hoping to keep it from worsening. But it did and she didn't tell her doctors.

$3.6m study will investigate use, perceptions of e-cigs
E-Cig Intelligence – July 9, 2015
The project by the Moffitt Cancer Center, a nonprofit treatment and research institution established by Florida’s state government, will also involve academics interviewing vapers to learn about their experiences and perceptions of e-cigarettes.

Moffitt gains 3.6 million to study the effects of e-cigarettes
WFLA – AM – July 8
“Moffitt Cancer Center is gaining 3.6 million dollars to study the effects of electronic cigarettes a 5 year study funded by the National Institutes of Health All that the safety of the 6 air and if they help smokers quit…”

Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center to study e-cigarettes effects
WFLA-TV – July 8
Dr.Thomas Brandon works for Moffitt, he said, “they don’t contain the tars, the carbon monoxide that are in smoker’s tobacco, on the other hand they are probably not completely safe, you are inhaling something that was not meant to inhaled.”

Moffitt receives grant to study e-cigarettes
Fox 13 noon broadcast – July 8
“Moffitt Cancer Center, will soon weigh-in on the health of electronic cigarettes…”

Major upgrades planned for Tampa’s University Mall
Bay News 9 – July 8, 2015
Surrounded by the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, the Haley VA Hospital and neighboring Busch Gardens, the mall can once again draw crowds, according to Mark Sharpe with the Tampa Innovation Alliance.

Social media strategist loves life as a quick-change artist
News & Observer – July 8
Bruce Dierbeck, a 37-year-old account supervisor at BVK, does just that, although he admits he had no idea he would end up looking at analytics and developing strategies for Michigan State University, Moffitt Cancer Center, the Dominican Republic and others.

Moffitt Cancer Center receives grant to study e-cigarettes
Fox 13 – July 8
"Millions of people are using them right now, sales have surpassed $6 billion, and yet we know so little about them," observed Thomas Brandon, Ph.D., director of the Tobacco Research & Intervention Program at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Hightower Dermatology Welcomes Nurse Practitioner to Staff
Osprey Observer - July 7
Hightower Dermatology is pleased to announce the addition of Donna Moody, ARNP-C to its team. Moody is a dedicated dermatology nurse practitioner who enjoys a loyal following of patients. She is an avid runner and enjoys fishing, boating and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Prior to working for Hightower Dermatology she worked for Suncoast Skin Solutions, she was also previously employed by Dr. Jerry Hedrick’s office and Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Moffitt Cancer Center receives $3.6 million grant to study electronic cigarettes
Tampa Bay Times – July 7
Dr. Thomas Brandon, director of Moffitt's Tobacco Research and Intervention Program, said electronic cigarettes are increasingly popular, but not much is known about them. Scientists, he said, are playing catch-up.

Moffitt receives grant to study e-cigarettes
TBNWeekly.com – July 7
Moffitt Cancer Center recently received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the use of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, over the next five years. 

Provectus partners with big pharma for its PV-10 drug
Knoxville News Sentinel – July 6
It has in place a supply chain to manufacture the drug, intellectual property in various locations, a mechanism for data through Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and now collaborations with big pharma companies that "agree with us and want to help."

Few approved targeted therapies for GE Cancers
Clinical Oncology News – June 2015
“We still have a lot to learn about the molecular components of GE cancers,” said Dr. Duggal, a clinical pharmacy specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cancer Center, in Pennsylvania.

Advances save more child cancer patients, but challenges linger
Fredricksburg.com – July 4
“While it’s a generation of information-seekers and technology-users, I don’t know what’s the level of awareness for somebody who had cancer when they were 10 years old and now they’re 25, realizing that some of the anxiety and depression that they may be feeling at their age may be attributed to that cancer experience,” said Gwendolyn P. Quinn of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

New drug for lung cancer
Upmatters.com – July 3
Doctor Ben Creelan is a Medical Oncologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center, and he said, "It's a real game changer to be able to have a treatment which works for years in some patients."

WFRV – CBS - July 3
Ben Creelan, md, medical oncologist, Moffitt Cancer Center: it's a real game changer to be able to have a treatment which works for years in some patients. 

Battling Cancer: The business of biotech
WFMZ-TV – July 2
"To see patients, like Britta, who really had a life threatening calamity actually completely reverse to normal with the help of the cell therapy is truly phenomenal," said Dr. Amod Sarnaik, oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.


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