June 19, 2015

Advances save more child cancer patients, but challenges may linger
Ledger-Enquirer via Orlando Sentinel – June 19

"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.

Nagi Kumaron on Green Tea Catechin Treatment for Prostate Cancer Prevention
OncLive.com – June 18

Nagi B. Kumar, PhD, Professor/Director, Cancer Chemoprevention, Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the potential of green tea catechins for the prevention of prostate cancer.

Moffitt scientists develop process to assist personalized medicine for lung cancer patients
Lung Disease News – June 18

Researchers from the Moffitt Cancer Center are collaborating with the Lung Cancer Mutation Consortium and have advanced a process to assess mutated genes in lung adenocarcinoma to aid in better selection of personalized treatment options to address patients. Adenocarcinoma is a common type of lung cancer, with almost 130,000 people being diagnosed every year with the disease in the United States alone.

Tampa Bay area hospitals dodge deep cuts in charity care funds, but worry about next year
Tampa Bay Times – June 17

The not-for-profit BayCare Health System, which runs several hospitals in the Tampa Bay region, would receive $7.6 million less than it did during the current fiscal year, according to the analysis by the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa stands to lose about $1.6 million in taxpayer aid.

A report from the AMA House of Delegates
American Society of Hematology – June 17

ASH was represented at the House of Delegates by Dr. Gamini Soori, a hematologist in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska, and representatives from the Resident and Fellow Section, Morganna Freeman-Keller, DO of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Sherif Badawy, MD of Northwestern University. 

Latina patients with breast cancer need more culturally relevant, language-specific stress management tools
ASCO Post – June 17

It is estimated that one of every three Latina women will be diagnosed with cancer during her lifetime. Moffitt Cancer Center researchers, along with collaborators at the University of South Florida, recently published a study about the attitudes and cultural perspectives of Latinas undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

South Shore says goodbye to longtime friend
TBO.com – June 17
“Anne was diagnosed last October and we had six months together after,” said Dave Madden, adding his wife started treatment in early October and was assigned a team of nurses and doctors at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Chamber message highlights Bucs’ 40th season themes
Tbo.com – June 17

The 40th anniversary season kicks off Sept. 13 for the “Back to Football” contest against the Tennessee Titans. The annual “A Crucial Catch” campaign, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will highlight the Oct. 11 match-up against Jacksonville. Before the game, the Buccaneers will host their third annual Treasure Chest 5K Run/Walk and Corporate Challenge around the grounds of Raymond James Stadium, benefiting the American Cancer Society, Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, Florida Hospital Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center

ADT may impair cognitive function in patients with prostate cancer
Healio.com - June 16

Brian D. Gonzalez, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and colleagues sought to evaluate the impact ADT had on patients’ cognitive performance as well as potential predictors of impairment using demographic and genetic analyses.

New drug for lung cancer retrains immune system
Wallstreeter.com via Ivanhoe newswire – June 16

“It’s a real game changer to be able to have a treatment which works for years in some patients," Ben Creelan, MD, Assistant Faculty, Medical Oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida told Ivanhoe.

B2 Communications expand team with a new senior account executive
Tampa Bay Newswire – June 16

B2 Communications is expanding its team with the addition of Leah Saunders as senior account executive. Saunders gained PR agency experience at &Barr and at B2 Communications early in her career. At &Barr, she managed public relations for accounts such as Moffitt Cancer Center, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, and Building Homes for Heroes.

Pharmacogenomics Adds Precision to the Practice of Medicine
GEN – June 15

“The primary driver is effectiveness,” said Howard McLeod, PharmD., medical director of The DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at the Moffitt Cancer Center. “If a biomarker clarifies the context for efficacy, then the cost part comes into importance.  There has to be a balance between the effect size identified by the biomarker and the cost of generating that data and the cost of the intervention.”

Some Child Cancer Survivors face physical, emotional challenges
Orlando Sentinel- June 13

“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. 

Genomic Guided Therapy: Show Me the Data
Oncotherapy Network – June 12

I was recently asked to speak to an audience of nonmedical adult participants enrolled in a leadership program in St. Petersburg, Florida. Many of the attendees were lawyers, bankers, and other professionals, who were generally foreign to the world of genetic cancer research. I was specifically asked to discuss how Moffitt Cancer Center is working to fight cancer through personalized medicine. 

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