February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016

Advanced lung cancer can be treated by new drug combination
Medical WeSRCH – Feb. 19
In the United States, lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related deaths every year resulting in 158,000 deaths. As the survival rate is only 18% every year, the development of new and improved treatment is particularly necessary. Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center are devoting themselves to open new road of new therapies.

ESPN Celebrates 10th Year of 'Play 4Kay' This Month
Broadway World – Feb. 18
This grant continues the legacy of Yow and will fund an ovarian cancer research project at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

New age for Melanoma via immune Rx
Clinical Oncology News – Feb. 18
“Novel immunotherapy treatments have revolutionized the treatment of metastatic melanoma with increased number and duration of response rates along with tolerable toxicity,” said Christine Walko, PharmD, a personalized medicine specialist at Moffitt Cancer Center’s DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute, in Tampa, Fla. 

Tampa Bay businesses for culture and the arts cultural encounter with pARTner Tampa Innovation Alliance
Tampa Patch – Feb. 18
The Alliance is a multi-jurisdictional district anchored by globally-recognized institutions created to drive economic activity in the area, engage tens of thousands of students and educators, healthcare workers and patients, and four million tourists annually. Our anchor institutions include: Busch Gardens, Florida Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, RD Management (University Mall), University of South Florida.

Community hospitals to keep time on tissue handling
Cap Today – February 2016
Hartford, which handles more than 50,000 AP specimens annually, has received high marks for the quality of its specimens. The hospital was one of 17 hospitals participating in a cancer research project with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. 

Six easy ways to help prevent cancer
A woman’s Health – Feb. 18
By Nagi B. Kumar, PhD, RD, FADA
Population Sciences Division
Director of Cancer Chemoprevention
Moffitt Cancer Center

Jon Gruden & Don Shula attend charity event at Shula’s in Tampa
Fox 13 – Feb. 18
It's the grand re-opening of the "No Name Lounge" at "Shula's Steakhouse." the event is co-hosted by the Moffitt Cancer Center. Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden will be there, along with his wife... who sits on the Moffitt Foundation Board. 

Immune-targeting Drug Combo Shows Promise for Lung Cancer Patients, Says Moffitt
Science Newsline – Feb. 17
"The results suggest that this combination has potential as a treatment option for patients with PD-L1-negative tumors whose needs are not addressed by current therapies, including immunotherapies," said Scott J. Antonia, M.D., Ph.D., co-lead author of the study and chair of the Thoracic Oncology Department at Moffitt. "It also reinforces the benefits of combination therapy in oncology."

New Trinity Café chef goes from serving the rich to feeding the poor
TBO.com – Feb. 17
At the A La Carte Pavilion, Rice cooked for thousands at galas, such as fundraisers for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, the Hillsborough Community College Foundation and the annual ball for the American Heart Association, not to mention a calendar full of weddings and other private events.

HPV vaccination rates are low, especially in Kansas and Missouri, and cancer experts are alarmed
Kansas City Star – Feb. 17
“We need to help providers to make a strong cancer prevention recommendation for vaccinating 11- and 12-year-old boys and girls with the HPV vaccine,” Anna Giuliano, director of the Center for Infection Research in Cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., told NPR earlier this month.

BMS signs rare cancers research pact with Dana-Farber
Pharma Times – Feb. 17
The I-O RPM programme is a multi-institutional initiative with Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and the Northwestern Medicine Developmental Therapeutics Institute, Moffitt Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center and now Dana-Farber.

Re-opening of Shula’s No Name Lounge in Tampa features Moffitt partnership
Orlando Echo – Feb. 17
Moffitt Cancer Center will co-host an event in conjunction with Don Shula, to celebrate the kick off of the newly renovated 'No Name Lounge' at Shula's Steak House at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa.

Spotlight on: Oncology Dietitians
Cancer.net - Feb. 16
Maureen Gardner, MA, RDN, CSO, is a Clinical Dietitian at Moffitt Cancer Center and an Executive Committee Member of the Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). 

Assessing bone marrow in chronic Myeloid Leukemia
OncLive – Feb. 16
Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD: A quite important fact that I experienced in my practice at some point in the last year is, as he suggests, the importance of doing a bone marrow diagnosis.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Consolidation Strategies
OncLIve – Feb. 16
Rami S. Komrokji, MD: So our approach for the consolidation, as you mentioned, is looking at allogeneic stem cell transplant versus high-dose chemotherapy. Now, even if you have an allogeneic stem cell transplant ready, you could argue that somebody who has complete remission can proceed to allogeneic stem cell transplant. Most of the time in real life that’s not the scenario we see.

BMS, Dana-Farber Launch Immuno-Oncology CollaborationGenetic Engineering & Biotechnology News – Feb. 16
Dana-Farber joins other institutions in I-O RPM. One is the Moffitt Cancer Center, which joined the program last September.

Re-opening of Shula’s No Name Lounge in Tampa features Moffitt partnership
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Feb. 16
Moffitt Cancer Center will co-host an event in conjunction with Don Shula, to celebrate the kick off of the newly renovated “No Name Lounge” at Shula’s Steak House at the Intercontinental Hotel in Tampa.

Link drawn between oral HPV and risk of head and neck cancers
Targeted Oncology – Feb. 16
HPV 16 is a well-known cause of head and neck cancers, and in a companion editorial to the study, authors Dana L. Rollison, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center, and Maura E. Gillison, MD, PhD, Ohio State University, noted that this is the first study to demonstrate conclusively that the presence of oral HPV 16 precedes the development of oropharyngeal cancers. 

Moffitt Healthy Kidz Program
Bay News 9 – Feb. 16
Dozens of Hillsborough county educators got a behind the scenes look today at Moffitt Cancer Center. It was part of the Moffitt Healthy Kidz program. The teachers took a tour of the center's labs... did some yoga... and discussed how kids can have a healthy lifestyle in ...

Durvalumab/Tremelimumab Shows Efficacy in NSCLC
Targeted Oncology – Feb. 15
“Combination therapy with durvalumab and tremelimumab demonstrated antitumor activity in patients with NSCLC regardless of PD-L1 status, including in patients with no evidence of tumor cell membrane PD-L1 staining,” said lead author, Scott J. Antonia, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Thoracic Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, in a statement. 

Imagination Ball slated for March
Marco Eagle – Feb. 15
Shigley spent the better part of this past year in treatment as part of a clinical trial at Moffitt Cancer Center. The good news came in November, just in time for Thanksgiving, when her doctor confirmed the cancer was gone.

Bob Griese Named Keynote Speaker at Physicians’ Education Resource’s International Symposium on Melanoma and Other Cutaneous Malignancies
Stamford Advocate – Feb. 15
Currently serving as chairman of Moffitt Cancer Center’s national Board of Advisors, Griese’s wife, Judi, died in 1988 following a five-year battle with breast cancer, which prompted him to get further involved with the fight against cancer. Griese and his present wife, Shay, also publish (third printing) a recipe book, “Griese Spoon Cookbook,” in which part of the profits go to the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Most HPV+ OPSCC recurrence, toxicity events occur early
Medical Xpress – Feb. 15
Jessica M. Frakes, M.D., from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., and colleagues conducted a retrospective review of data from 232 patients with biopsy-proven, nonmetastatic HPV+ OPSCC who were treated with radiotherapy. Patients were followed every three months for the first year, every four months in year two, and every six months in years three to five; median follow-up was 33 months.

Tampa and Miami jockey for position as Florida's gateway to post-detente Cuba
The Guardian – Feb. 15
“We’re connecting in the modern-day world which builds off our history,” said Rohrlack, who went on to list other local acts of diplomacy: Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center has hosted Cuban doctors; the Florida Aquarium, the University of South Florida and the Lions Eye Institute – the largest eye transplant institution in the world – have all established contacts in Cuba, he said. 

Ohio State-led patient database fills national need in cancer research
The Columbus Dispatch – Feb. 15
Enter ORIEN. The Oncology Research Information Exchange Network began nearly two years ago as a joint effort between the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Crunch Zone – Feb. 14
Play 4Kay unites a nation of coaches and players for a greater cause – raising awareness and funds in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. During the 2015 ESPY’s, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund announced a multi-year $1.25 million grant to The V Foundation in support of women’s cancer research initiatives. This grant continues the legacy of Yow and will fund an ovarian cancer research project at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. 

Kiermaier bobblehead, glove giveaways highlight 2016 Rays promotions
Fox Sports – Feb. 12
Saturday promotional items this year include a Chris Archer K-Counter Bobblehead (April 30 vs. Blue Jays) presented by Bright House Networks; a Rays Fedora (May 14 vs. Athletics) presented by Moffitt Cancer Center; a Rays Floppy Hat (July 2 vs. Tigers) presented by the Florida Department of Transportation; and an Evan Longoria Solar Powered Gnome (August 6 vs. Twins).


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