July 16, 2015

Tumor depth, diameter predict SLN status, survival in Merkel cell carcinoma
HemOnc Today – July 16
“The clinicopathologic factors that predict sentinel node status and ultimate recurrence and death from Merkel cell are very poorly understood,” Sondak told HemOnc Today. “Current staging systems use tumor diameter, with a cutoff of 2 cm, to discriminate low- and high-risk patients with clinically node-negative Merkel cell carcinoma.

Coach Stephanie Glance at ESPYS for Kay Yow Cancer Fund Grant Announcement
GoColumbiaLions.com – July 15
The Kay Yow Cancer Fund®, in partnership and collaboration with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, presented a $1.25 million ovarian cancer research grant to the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute during the 2015 ESPYS, held in Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater.

USF College of Nursing awarded NCI grant to study mindfulness-based stress reduction in breast cancer survivors
News Medical - July 15
Cecile Lengacher, PhD, professor and pre-doctoral fellowship program director at the USF College of Nursing, will lead a team of researchers from USF Health and Moffitt Cancer Center to study the "Efficacy of MSBR treatment of cognitive impairment among breast cancer survivors." Dr. Lengacher and her team will study 300 breast cancer survivors from Moffitt Cancer Center and the USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare.

SHOP TALK
Oncology Times – July 15
Sotomayor was most recently at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, as Scientific Director of the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute, as well as the Susan and John Sykes Endowed Chair of Hematologic Malignancies and Chair of the Department of Malignant Hematology.

USF researchers awarded $2.8M to study stress reduction for breast cancer patients|
Tampa Bay Times – July 15
“Breast cancer survivors who have undergone chemotherapy and radiation often experience a condition called chemo brain, which affects memory and concentration,” said Cecile Lengacher, leader of the research team from USF and the Moffitt Cancer Center. The group plans to analyze whether mindfulness-based stress reduction, including approaches like yoga and meditation, can improve cognitive functioning in breast cancer survivors.

Study Shows Infertile Cancer Survivors Face Unique Hurdles When Opting For Adoption
Tech Times – July 14
There are few data available about the experiences of cancer survivors who have undergone the process of adoption, as well as the rate at which their request for adoption has been successful. With this, a research team led by Gwendolyn Quinn, Ph.D., and Susan Vadaparampil, Ph.D., of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa conducted a study that involved 77 oncology nurses, who were then undergoing a training program.

Cancer survivors wishing to adopt ‘need more support’
Medical News Today – July 14
The lack of data regarding the success rate of cancer survivors adopting prompted Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, and Susan Vadaparampil, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, to investigate.

Infertility Impacts The Lives Of Many Childhood Cancer Survivors, Who Find No Refuge In Adoption Policies
Medical Daily – July 13
“Survivors may have questions about adoption and oncology nurses are in a good position to address these questions during survivor care,” Dr. Gwendolyn Quinn of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa told Medical Daily in an email.

Kankercentrum ontvangt 3,6 miljoen dollar voor onderzoek naar e-sigaretten
(Cancer Center receives $3.6 million for research into e-cigarettes)
Nieuws.nl – July 15
Het Amerikaanse Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa ontvangt 3,6 miljoen dollar van gezondheidsorganisaties.

Access to better health care in Florida lags for immigrant children
Tampa Bay Times – July 14
Leukemia survivor Ana Maria Campos, 21, of Dade City is undergoing treatment for complications from a CMV virus at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.  Although she was a legal resident and 18 years old, she was unable to qualify for KidCare coverage because of the five-year waiting period.

NCI study to test whether mindfulness-based stress reduction alleviates 'chemo brain'
Phys.org - July 14
Dr. Lengacher and her team will study 300 breast cancer survivors from Moffitt Cancer Center and the USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare. 

Cancer vaccine firm Morphogenesis joins Tampa Innovation Alliance
Florida Business Observer – July 14
The University of South Florida, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center and the University Mall comprise the executive leadership of the alliance, which is in the process of securing funding for a master planning process that will lead to redevelopment of the university area.

Cancer survivors may face barriers to adoption
Fox News – July 14
“Some survivors have no trouble at all getting this medical clearance and it just becomes one of many documents they need to gather, but others have had difficulty with the letter,” said study leader Gwendolyn Quinn of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, in email to Reuters Health.

Network has three new members
MyCentralJersey.com – July 13
Amid growing recognition of the role of “big data” and data sharing in advancing cancer research, the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) has announced three new members, bringing the total to nine. The unique research partnership among North America’s top cancer centers and anchored by Moffitt Cancer Center and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute has added Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

What is the secret to happiness?
KTAL News – July 13
A study from Moffitt cancer center in Tampa, Florida finds international adoptions had greater restrictions for prospective parents with a cancer history.

Cancer Adoptions: additional hurdles for adoption
KTVM-NBC (Butte, Montana) – July 13
Some cancer treatments may leave patients infertile... so they may turn to adoption. most agencies require the medical history of adoptive parents ... a rule that some cancer experts say could discriminate against cancer survivors. A study from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida finds international adoptions had greater restrictions for prospective parents with a cancer history

Family Struggles for Cancer Survivors
KJRH NBC – Tulsa, Okla. – July 13
Cancer treatments may leave patients infertile... so they may turn to adoption. most agencies require the medical history of adoptive parents ...

Cancer Survivors May Face Unique Challenges When Trying to Adopt
Health News Digest - July 13
Because little is known about the rate at which cancer survivors successfully adopt a child or about their experiences during the adoption process, a team led by Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD and Susan Vadaparampil, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, asked oncology nurses who were participating in a training program to contact and conduct interviews with adoption agencies. Seventy-seven nurses across 15 states provided summaries of their interviews.

Cancer Survivors and Adoption
KGET NBC – Bakersfield, Calif.  July 13 
A study from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida finds international adoptions had greater restrictions for prospective parents with a cancer history

Good deeds
Sarasota Herald Tribune – July 13
Heritage Oaks Golf & Country Club, in Sarasota, raised $70,000 at its 8th Annual Golf Fundraiser for Men Against Prostate Cancer. The money was presented to Christia Murphy, of the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, on April 21.Since the first tournament at Heritage Oaks, MAPC has donated $240,300 to Moffitt to be used for basic prostate cancer research.

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