August 6, 2015

August 05, 2016

Cobimetinib, Vemurafenib Improved Survival in BRAF V600–Mutated Melanoma
Cancer Network – Aug. 4
Commenting on the study, Nikhil I. Khushalani, MD, and Vernon K. Sondak, MD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, noted that the biomarker analyses of this study did not show any associations with survival, leaving clinicians “woefully unable to predict for individual patients with BRAF V600–mutant melanoma what the magnitude and duration of response to targeted therapy will be.”

Moffitt Cancer Center ranked as ‘Best Cancer Hospital’ in Florida, Southeast, number in US
Tampa Dispatch – Aug. 3
The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer rankings were released Tuesday and it was amazing news for the Moffitt Cancer Center, now ranked at number six on the list, rising from number 18 in 2015, making the facility the top ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and in the state of Florida.

Moffitt Cancer Center is No. 6 cancer hospital in country, report says
WFLA – Aug. 2
Moffitt Cancer Center is No. 6 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cancer rankings released Tuesday. This is up from No. 18 last year and makes Moffitt the top ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and in the state of Florida.

Shannen Doherty’s Breast Cancer Has Spread, She Revealed In A Heart-Rending Interview
SELF Magazine – Aug. 2
Radiation therapy uses X-rays to treat specific areas of the body where the cancer is or was before surgery, Roberto Diaz, M.D., Ph.D., a radiation oncologist specializing in breast cancer at the Moffitt Cancer Center, tells SELF. “We use high-energy X-rays—it’s basically the same type that you get when you get a chest X-ray, but it’s [many times] more powerful,” he says.

Medicaid Insurance Linked to Worse Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes
Oncology Nurse Advisor – Aug. 2
Researchers, led by Arash O. Naghavi, MD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida, examined the records of 1698 patients with squamous cell head and neck cancer. 

Moffitt Cancer Center hosts annual check-up for kids fighting melanoma
WFLA – Aug. 2
Cancer-free today, Jazlyn received an annual check-up Tuesday at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. More than a dozen pediatric skin cancer patients will receive their annual check-up from cancer doctors at Moffitt’s Cutaneous Oncology Clinic.

Top Hospitals in Florida: U.S. News & World Report’s Latest Rankings
Sarasota Patch – Aug. 2
Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center was also recognized on a breakout ranking of the country’s best cancer hospitals. It came in sixth in the country.

Novel Radionuclide Agent Delivers "Striking" Results in Neuroendocrine Tumors
OncLive – Aug. 2
“Based on the survival curves, we’re anticipating a median progression-free survival [PFS] in excess of 3 years,” said Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, an associate professor at Moffitt Cancer Center, in an interview with OncLive. Strosberg presented the NETTER-1 findings at the World GI conference, which was held in Barcelona in June.

U.S. News names Tampa General Hospital tops in region
Tampa Bay Times – Aug. 2
Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, meanwhile, was named the sixth best hospital for cancer in the nation, up from its 18th-place finish last year. Hospital officials said the jump was partly because Moffitt took steps to earn a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Association.

These Tampa Bay hospitals land on U.S. News ‘Best Hospitals’ list
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Aug. 2
Moffitt Cancer Center was not included in the regional rankings but is ranked No. 6 nationally for cancer care.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center named best cancer hospital in nation
Healio – Aug. 2
The top 10 cancer hospitals in this year’s rankings are: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota; Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center; UCLA Medical Center; Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute; Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center; Cleveland Clinic; Johns Hopkins Hospital; and UCSF Medical Center.

US News Lists Top Cancer Hospitals for 2016
Medscape – Aug. 2
But there was at least one surprise among the top 10 cancer hospitals: Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, in Tampa, Florida, jumped from number 18 in 2015 to number 6 in 2016.

By the numbers: Southwest Florida nonprofits
News Press – Aug. 1
40th anniversary: She Sells Sea Shells is celebrating 40 years on Sanibel. A special T-shirt design for the 40th is now on sale of which $4 from every shirt sold will be donated to the Lung Cancer Research Fund at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Fennelly: Eddie DeBartolo's Hall of Fame generosity benefits Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Times – July 31
There's Moffitt Cancer Center. DeBatolo sits on the board of directors. In 2012, through his sizable donation, Moffitt established the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medical Institute, dedicated to cancer care on an international scale.

Promotions and appointments at Tech Data, Marxent among Tampa Bay movers and shakers
Tampa Bay Times – July 30
Karenne P. Levy has been named president and chief executive office of MacDonald Training Center Inc. (MTC), Tampa. Levy comes to MTC from H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Center, where she was the leader of the Department of Patient Experience.Lions Eye Institute for Transplantation & Research (LEITR), Tampa, has named three new members to the board of directors and voted to extend the contract of chief executive officer Jason Woody. New board members include: Brian Springer, Vice President of Research Administration and Associate Center Director at Moffitt Cancer Center; Mark Andrzejewski, former Chief Financial Officer at Laser Spine Institute; and Tampa City Council Member Mike Suarez. 

When to suspect sarcoma
OncLive – July 29
Damon Reed, MD: I think there are a lot of challenges in managing soft tissue sarcomas. One of the challenges begins with a lack of suspicion of soft tissue sarcoma in many cases. Many times, a patient has a mass that is painless and may have been there for a while, and there’s no suspicion that this could be something malignant.


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