May 8, 2015

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 milesformoffitt.com.

Family celebrates at Relay for Life
Daytona Times – May 7
“It was a year ago today, May 1, that I had my operation at Moffitt Cancer Center,” Louis Bell contended. “And a year later, here I am.”

Kennedy: Speedway, NASCAR leader
Daytona Times – May 7
Kennedy has received several honors, including the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award for Philanthropy at the 2014 Bethune-Cookman University Annual Gala. She is an avid supporter of the Halifax Habitat for Humanity, the American Heart Association, the Victory Junction Gang, the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, and serves prominently as a member of the Moffitt Cancer Center Board of Advisors. She received a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in psychology from Duke University.

PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Rick Scott misses mark on hospital profitability
Tampa Bay Times – May 7
For example, Scott’s handout said Tampa’s nonprofit Moffitt Cancer Center had an $85.7 million operating margin for fiscal year 2013-14. They were projected to get $23.3 million in LIP money this year. Tampa General was earmarked for $62.4 million in LIP funds, with an operating margin of almost $37 million. Halifax Health Medical Center in Volusia County had a $12.2 million operating margin and stood to get $34 million in LIP cash.

State money and Florida hospitals: Counting LIP dollars
PolitiFact Florida – May 6
For example, Scott’s handout said Tampa’s nonprofit Moffitt Cancer Center had an $85.7 million operating margin for fiscal year 2013-14. They were projected to get $23.3 million in LIP money this year. Tampa General was earmarked for $62.4 million in LIP funds, with an operating margin of almost $37 million. Halifax Health Medical Center in Volusia County had a $12.2 million operating margin and stood to get $34 million in LIP cash.

How to Treat Side Effects of New Cancer Immunotherapies
Medscape – May 6
“The side effects of immuno-oncology therapies are in some cases unique, different than what many oncologists have experienced with chemotherapy or targeted drugs, are mechanism based, and have some common themes,” commented lead author Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Florida, to Medscape Medical News.

USA Mitchell Cancer Institute names new director
AL.com – May 6
A native of New Orleans, Finan received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans and his medical degree from the LSU Medical Center School of Medicine in Shreveport. He completed both his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the University of South Florida at Tampa General Hospital and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Moffitt Cancer Center with several ties to Puerto Rico healthcare
Caribbean Business – May 5
In 1977, after three of his closest friends died from cancer, Florida state representative H. Lee Moffitt decided he had enough. He was particularly concerned that all three patients had to look for specialized care outside Florida, and so he began to push for legislation that would establish a cancer center in the state, an effort that would take over his life for the next 35 years.

Moffitt names chief HR officer after conducting national search
Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 5
After performing a national search, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center has named a new lead executive for the human resources department. Mariana Bugallo-Muros will be chief human resources officer for the Tampa-based center, filling the role left vacant by Joanne Olson, who retired in March, according to a statement.

Doctor and patient to run Miles for Moffitt
WTSP, 10 News – May 5
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.

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.

Melanoma treatments give patients new hope
ABC Action News – May 4
Melanoma is a deadly cancer if not caught early, but researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center say there are exciting new treatments that are wiping out even late-stage melanoma. Britta Beningfield says she’s living proof of that.

GOOD NEWS: Award
OA Online (Odessa, Texas) – May 4
Ryan James Caddell, pgy-1 practice intern at West Virginia University Hospitals was recently awarded the 2015 HOPA Trainee Research Award. Caddell is the son of Peggy and James E. Caddell of Odessa. His electronic research poster was selected as the best of several hundred entries at the annual Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association conference in March held in Austin. Caddell will be joining the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center for his pgy-2 practice internship in oncology in June. Moffitt Cancer Center, located in Tampa Bay, Fla. is considered to be one of the fastest-growing cancer centers in the United States.”

Silicon Valley biomedical company taps Moffitt doctor to help fight cancer
Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 4

A California company has recruited Moffitt Cancer Center’s head for studying lung cancer treatments to its scientific advisory board. Dr. Scott Antonia chairs Moffitt’s thoracic oncology department and leads its immunology program. He is an oncology professor at University of South Florida’s college of medicine.

Editorial: MOSI’s possible move downtown deserves support
The Tampa Tribune – May 3
The move would boost MOSI’s attendance by exposing it to more people. Tampa’s downtown would benefit from having another attraction. And the nearly 80 acres of county-owned land where the museum now sits could be marketed to private companies wanting to benefit from being near USF and the Moffitt Cancer Center and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.

Biomarkers yet to fully justify claimed clinical utility
Urology Times – May 1
The capability of each of the three assays studied—OncoType Dx, Decipher, and Prolaris—to predict high-risk disease was uncertain based on analysis of eight studies, said Meghan A. Cooper, MS-IV, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, FL, at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, FL. Cooper’s work was directed by Julio Pow-Sang, MD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa FL.

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.

Sara Tinsley Discusses Quality of Life in Patients with High-Risk MDS
OncLive – May 1
Sara M. Tinsley, MS, PhD, ARNP, AOCN, nurse practitioner, malignant hematology, Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses a study that examined quality of life in patients with high-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

Dr. Komrokji on Risk Stratification of Therapy-Related MDS
OncLive – May 1
Rami S. Komrokji, MD, clinical director, Department of Malignant Hematology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses a study that examined risk stratification of therapy-related MDS.

Proscia Introduces First Cloud-Based Software Platform for Digital Pathology (Interview)
Medgadget – May 1
Founded in 2014 by technologists from Johns Hopkins, the Moffitt Cancer Center, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and the University of Pittsburgh, Proscia is a digital healthcare company with a mission to bring image analysis and big data capabilities to pathology. Proscia’s main focus area is fighting cancer.