May 15, 2015

PAYMENT REFORM: Aetna’s Top Oncology Executive on Where Cancer Care Payment is Heading

Oncology Times – May 14

“We just announced our relationship with Moffitt Cancer Center. The big cancer centers are quite different because their services span a much broader spectrum than a community oncology practice. The goal of our relationships with the centers is to try to understand how care is delivered in that setting and how value can be brought by a sophisticated, all-inclusive program.”


Skin cancer can surface in unusual places, so be vigilant in checking

Tampa Bay Times – May 14

“He was very fortunate to have had his head shaved,” said Dr. C. Wayne Cruse, a Moffitt Cancer Center plastic surgeon and surgical oncologist who took care of Fenlon. Cruse said the cancer was caught relatively early and arose from a skin lesion that had probably been on Fenlon’s head since birth. The lesion Cruse removed was about the width of a golf ball and was fairly deep. The scar after surgery was about the width of a tennis ball.


Cognitive Impairment Linked to Androgen Deprivation Therapy

Medscape – May 14

“Men who received ADT for prostate cancer were more likely to exhibit impaired cognitive performance than men who only received a prostatectomy for prostate cancer and men who had no history of cancer,” Brian Gonzalez, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Health Outcomes and Behavior Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Florida, who is the corresponding author of the article, told Medscape Medical News. The impairment was seen within 6 months and persisted for 12 months; it was observed across multiple cognitive function tests.


Androgen-Deprivation Therapy May Lead to Cognitive Impairment in Prostate Cancer Patients

The ASCO Post – May 14

There have been several studies analyzing this side effect in breast cancer patients, but few have investigated cognitive impairment following androgen-deprivation therapy for men being treated for prostate cancer. A new Moffitt Cancer Center study indicates that men who are on androgen-deprivation therapy have greater odds of experiencing impaired cognitive function. These results were published by Gonzalez et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


Creating Patient-centered Cancer Care

Hospitals & Health Networks – May 14

Recognizing that the total patient experience is also a critical piece of the puzzle, it was encouraging tosee news

 recently that Teen Cancer America linked with Moffitt Cancer Center to build a lounge that lets patients “mix and interact during treatment, addressing the unique psychosocial needs of young adults with cancer.” 


Buccaneers To Celebrate 40 Seasons With Commemorative Jersey Patch

Newsradio 970 WFLA – May 14

The National Football League’s annual A Crucial Catch campaign, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, will highlight the Oct. 11 game versus Jacksonville. That morning, the Buccaneers will also host their Third Annual Treasure Chest 5K Run/Walk & Corporate Challenge around the grounds of Raymond James Stadium. Last year, more than 3,000 participants, along with the Bucs Care Foundation, raised proceeds for the American Cancer Society, Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation, the Florida Hospital Foundation and Moffitt Cancer Center.


3-Time Olympian Brooke Bennett is making waves!

Studio 10 – May 13

Swim Across America, also known as SAA, is making waves to fight cancer. Their annual Tampa Bay area event is coming up on May 30. We’re going to tell you all about that. Also Moffitt Cancer Center just opened their own SAA Adolescent and Young Adult lounge made possible by funding from SAA.


Hormone therapy may leave prostate cancer patients with cognitive impairment

Techie News – May 13

Men being treated for prostate cancer through commonly used Androgen deprivation therapy are at a risk of suffering from cognitive impairments, a new study by Moffitt Cancer Center has revealed.


Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Impair Thinking

HealthDay – May 12

“There is something about the treatment that seems to be associated with worse mental function,” said lead researcher Brian Gonzalez, a postdoctoral fellow at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.


YMCA Livestrong participant finds inspiration at Miles for Moffitt

Tampa Bay Times – May 13

Two years later, after learning her cancer had spread to her lungs, her family moved from Maryland to Florida, seeking treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center. She also sought a place where she could work out.


Men treated with ADT more likely to experience impaired cognitive performance

Oncology Nurse Advisor – May 13

For the study, researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, sought to determine the effect of ADT on cognitive performance identify predictors of impaired performance. Researchers enrolled 58 patients with prostate cancer whom they assessed before or within 21 days of starting ADT and 6 and 12 months afterwards.


Evan Longoria at Miles for Moffitt

FOX Sun Sports – May 12

“The impact that Moffitt has in the community, in the St. Pete-Tampa community, and even the broader Florida community and beyond, what they do for people in improving and helping the quality of life and really curing people and making them better is just unbelievable.”


Hormone Therapy For Prostate Cancer Could Affect Thinking, Study Concludes

Tech Times – May 12

“Studies like ours show the importance of identifying genetic predictors of cognitive impairment. This information can be used to further personalize cancer care based on patients’ unique characteristics, and to find patients who may be prone to be intolerant of this standard type of treatment,” said Mayer Fishman of the Moffitt Cancer Center.


New HPV Vaccine Can Prevent 80% of Cervical Cancers

Yahoo Health – May 12

Not only that, it can also save women from stress associated with the discovery of a precancerous lesion and time spent on follow-up visits to the doctor, says Anna Giuliano, PhD, founding director for the Center for Infection Research in Cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.


Working Together to Increase Minority Enrollment in Clinical Trials

WUSF News “University Beat” – May 12

The National Physician and Family Referral (NPFR) Project attempted to address the issue with a recent Community Advocacy Matchmaking luncheon that brought community leaders together with research coordinators from USF Health and Moffitt Cancer Center.


Commentary: Intralesional Melanoma Treatments Are Ready for Prime Time

DDNews – May 12

Provectus Biopharmaceuticals’ PV-10 is a preparation of rose bengal (a dye used by eye doctors, and before that, in clothing) currently being investigated at both St. Luke’s Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center. 


For Good: Paddleboard event brings awareness to pediatric cancer

83 Degrees – May 12

The fifth annual local “Paddle Against Cancer” event takes place on May 23rd, with a new focus this year on pediatric cancer awareness. Proceeds of the event will go to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa.


Dr. Eric Haura on New Biomarker Assay System for Lung Cancer

OncLive – May 11

Eric Haura, MD, Senior Member, Moffitt Cancer Center discusses new approaches to identifying bypass signaling mechanisms and biomarkers in lung cancer.


New Treatments in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

OncLive – May 11

Jeffrey Lancet, MD,Professor of Oncologic Science and Section Chief for Leukemia, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Tampa, Florida


Constructing ‘beautiful, basic science’

DDNews – May 11

In addition to Karbstein and Ghalei, other authors of the study, “Hrr25/CK1d-Directed Release of Ltv1 From Pre-40S Ribosomes Is Necessary For Ribosome Assembly And Cell Growth”, are Joanne R. Doherty, Yoshihiko Noguchi and William R. Roush of TSRI; Franz X. Schaub and John L. Cleveland of the Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute and M. Elizabeth Stroupe of Florida State University.


GW creates new cancer center in move to increase profile in personalized medicine (Video)

Washington Business Journal – May 11

Officials said they could make up to a $50 million initial investment in new talent to launch the center by next year. They’ve brought on Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor from the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Florida., to lead the venture. He has served as the scientific director of Moffitt’s personalized medicine program.


Moffitt exec lands gig at George Washington University cancer center

Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 11

Officials said they could make up to a $50 million initial investment in new talent to launch the center by next year. They’ve brought on Dr. Eduardo Sotomayor from the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa to lead the venture. He has served as the scientific director of Moffitt’s personalized medicine program.


Jo Nagorka thanks Jupiter nurses Soosie Ambrose and Keiko Walley

The Palm Beach Post – May 11

I cried some more when I found out last year that Soosie had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.


Young prostate cancer patients suffer more hot flashes

Indo Asian News Service – May 10

“This study is a concrete step towards identifying which patients are more likely to experience these distressing symptoms,” said Mayer Fishman from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, US.


Link Between Cancer Patients and Hot Flashes

Gazette Review (Minneapolis, Minn.) – May 10

Androgen deprivation therapy is used to help treat people with advanced staged prostate cancer, but nearly 80 percent of all patients to get this type of therapy end up experiencing hot flashes. These hot flashes are occurring during treatment and after treatment. Now, researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center are trying to figure out the genetic factors associated with prostate cancer patients experiencing these hot flashes.


Thousands take part in PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt

WTSP, 10 News – May 10

Saturday was PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt and organizers say 6,500 people showed up at the University of South Florida's Tampa campus to raise money by running or walking to make a difference in the fight to beat cancer.


Racing for a cure at Miles for Moffitt

The Oracle – May 10

Around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, dozens of volunteers from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute gathered on campus to begin preparing for the day’s activities. Four hours later, the thousands of attendees of the Miles for Moffitt cancer research fundraiser admired the results.


Thousands lace up for Miles for Moffitt in Tampa – May 9

Michelle is now the face of the Neurology Department at Moffitt.

Runners lace up for Miles for Moffitt

WFLA, News Channel 8 – May 9

News Channel 8’s Adrienne Pedersen takes us inside Miles for Moffitt.


Rays’ Drew Smyly likely to need season-ending surgery

Tampa Bay Times – May 9

Longoria and fiancee Jaime Edmondson, plus C Bobby Wilson and his family, participated in the Miles For Moffitt 1-mile fun run/walk early Saturday morning at USF.


Rays Longoria, Wilson walk the walk for Moffitt event

Tampa Bay Times “The Heater” blog – May 9

Rays 3B Evan Longoria and fiancée Jaime Edmondson were joined by Rays C Bobby Wilson and his family, his wife Lori, daughters Blake and Jace, in taking part in the Miles for Moffitt One Mile Fun Run/Walk on the USF campus in Tampa. The event raised over $580,000 for research at the Moffitt Cancer Center.


Rays Notes: Moore is getting more comfortable

The Tampa Tribune – May 9

Longoria and his fiancee Jamie Edmondson will participate this morning in the One Mile Fun Run/Walk at USF to benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center.


Longoria at Miles For Moffitt – May 9

Evan Longoria and Bobby Wilson participate in the Miles for Moffitt One Mile Fun Run and Walk, help to raise money for cancer research.

Game 31: Rays vs Texas – Pregame News and Notes

Rays Radio – May 9

Earlier today, Evan Longoria and his fiancee Jaime Edmondson participated in the One Mile Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Moffitt Cancer Center.  Longoria spoke before the Miles for Moffitt event, and courtesy of the Rays Communications Department

Miles for Moffitt raises money for cancer research

WTSP, 10 News – May 9

When people take part in the PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt every step makes a difference. “It’s a fun way to do your part,” says Marc MacLauchlan, who fielded a large team of family and friends for the 2014 event.


10th Annual Miles for Moffitt

ABC Action News “Positively Tampa Bay” – May 8

Good morning, everybody. We’re less than 24 hours away from the big race at the USF Sun Dome. It’s hosted by the Moffitt Cancer Center.


Miles for Moffitt raises money for cancer research
WTSP, 10 News – May 7
When people take part in the PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt every step makes a difference. “It’s a fun way to do your part,” says Marc MacLauchlan, who fielded a large team of family and friends for the 2014 event.

Flu ends Longoria’s consecutive-game streak
Tampa Bay Times – May 7
Longoria and fianceé Jaime Edmondson will participate in a 1-mile fun run/walk benefitting the Moffitt Cancer Center at 8 a.m. Saturday; see

10 Community Neighborhood News May 4-10
WTSP, 10 News – May 5
Saturday, May 9 is the PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt--come run, walk or cheer on participants. A team from 10 News will be out there helping raise money for cancer research.

Doctor and patient to run Miles for Moffitt
WTSP, 10 News – May 1
The PNC Bank Miles for Moffitt is going strong. The run and walk to raise money for cancer research will mark its 10th year on Saturday, May 9. Some 6,000 people are expected to participate and among the throng you’ll find Dr. David Shibata and one of his patients, Jackelyn Waluzak.

The Current Features Swim Across America Tampa Bay
Q105 – May 1
SAA is an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. A portion of what SAA of Tampa Bay has raised was given to Moffitt Cancer Center to fund the building of a lounge that will be available specifically for use by teens and young adults who have cancer. 


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