August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

Research, new treatments offer hope for ovarian cancer patients
Tampa Bay Times – Aug. 19
Among those who are encouraged is Dr. Rob Wenham, director of research for gynecologic oncology and interim chairman of the gynecologic oncology department at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Amy Scherzer's Diary: Weekly Wrap-Up of the Tampa Social Scene
Tampa Bay Times – Aug. 18
Vacations get scheduled around it, probably weddings and a few bar mitzvahs, too, as Martinis for Moffitt goes on the summer calendar first.
"We sold out three weeks in advance, over 1,000 tickets," said Kostas Stoilas, speaking for the Bay Area Advisors, the charity-minded, young men's professional network that has grown its annual benefit into one of Tampa's most anticipated events.

Moffitt one of five chosen for national cell therapy program
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Aug. 18
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa has been selected to be a Cell Therapies Processing Facility, a specialization granted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. 

Research finds benefits of meditation on cancer patients
Health News Florida – Aug. 18
Then one day, the couple was sitting in the waiting room at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and Kinder saw a flyer about a meditation program for cancer patients and their caregivers. She thought it could be just what she needed after a stress-filled eight months. 

Ultrasound Criteria for Nodules Apply to Medullary Thyroid Cancer
Medscape – Aug. 17
Pablo Valderrabano, MD, and senior author Bryan McIver, MD, from the Head and Neck and Endocrine Oncology Department, H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, in Tampa, Florida, and colleagues report this finding based on a single-center, retrospective analysis of 30 cases and a literature review of another 219 cases, in a study published in the August issue of Thyroid.

Moffitt receives exclusive contract to provide cell production for scientific research
WFTS – Aug. 17
Moffitt Cancer Center has been selected as a Cell Therapies Processing Facility by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Moffitt is one of five institutions that make up the NHLBI’s Production Assistance for Cellular Therapies (PACT) group. This exclusive group includes the only NHLBI-approved facilities to produce cell-based therapies for scientific research.

Moffitt Cancer Center leader to head Marcus Neuroscience Institute in Boca Raton
Sun Sentinel – Aug. 17
Dr. Frank D. Vrionis has been named director of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, the hospital announced this week. Vrionis is currently chief of neurosurgery at the renowned Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and professor of neurosurgery, orthopedics and oncology at the University of South Florida, according to a news release.

Stem cells derived from bone marrow provide better quality of life to transplant patients
News Medical – Aug. 17
"Results of this study set bone marrow as the standard source of stem cells for transplantation from unrelated donors" said Dr. Claudio Anasetti, senior author of the study and chair of the Department of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Dr. Frank Vrionis to head Boca Raton Regional’s Marcus Neuroscience Institute
Becker’s Spine Review – Aug. 16
He currently is the chief of neurosurgery at Moffitt Cancer Center and serves as a neurosurgery, orthopedics and oncology professor at the University of South Florida, both located in Tampa.

Bone marrow transplant patients report better quality of life compared to peripheral blood transplant recipients from unrelated volunteer donors
Science Daily – Aug. 16
"Results of this study set bone marrow as the standard source of stem cells for transplantation from unrelated donors" said Dr. Claudio Anasetti, senior author of the study and chair of the Department of Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Dr. Fishman discussed available agents to treat patients with RCC
OncLive – Aug. 15
Mayer Fishman, MD, PhD, medical oncologist, Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine Program, Moffitt Cancer Center, professor, Department of Oncologic Sciences and of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, discusses the available agents to treat patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC).

Modys charts a new course after multiple myeloma
News Press – Aug. 15
May 11: Referred to Moffitt Cancer Center,  Modys finds he is experiencing compression fractures in his spine.

Local cancer survivors award university students $10,000 each for research
Osceola News-Gazette – Aug. 14
Natalia Sumi was the second researcher to receive $10,000 from Circle of Hope. The University of South Florida PhD student is working in the area of small cell lung cancer research at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. “A lot of groups raise money for breast cancer,” she said. “There is not as much money for lung cancer. This will help a lot. I’ll be able to do more experiments.”

Tampa Bay Times – Aug. 12
In 2008, Moffitt declared the hospital and surrounding campus smoke-free — a move with which you could hardly argue given its mission. Other hospitals have done the same.

Meditation and Cancer
Bay News 9 – Aug. 12
We started this last summer and are currently enrolling patients at Moffitt cancer Center. Breast cancer patients who are in stages I through III.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn doesn't enjoy the favor of local Democratic Party
Tampa Bay Times – Aug. 12
Still, Democrats weren't pleased when Buckhorn praised and buddied up with Scott at events announcing grants for the airport and Moffitt Cancer Center in 2014, while Scott was running for re-election and then joined with the few mayors to publicly endorse Scott's 2015 budget request for $250 million in Enterprise Florida business recruitment incentives.

Multiple Myeloma: Risk and Benefit Profile Assessment May Improve Outcomes
Cancer Therapy Advisor – Aug. 12
“I believe these studies are important to better understand patterns of care and to confirm the generalizability of clinical trial results to the populations of patients with the disease,” said Rachid Baz, MD, director of clinical research in the department of malignant hematology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida


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