February 5, 2016

February 05, 2016

Fighting Lung Cancer
Readers Digest – February 2016
“We do a genetic analysis of tumour tissues,” says Dr Eric Haura, a physicianscientist at the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.

Measuring response in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
OncLIve – Feb. 4
Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD: No, I fully agree with you. I think there is no doubt that this exact time point assessment with these exact numbers are being kind of paranoid.

Popular Tampa party site A La Carte Pavilion to make way for new waterfront homes
Tampa Bay Times – Feb. 4
Fifteen years ago, Egypt Shriners leased the 56,000-square-foot pavilion to Bloomin' Brands, parent of Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill and other chains. Bloomin' Brands, in turn, rented out the facility for as many as 500 events a year, including gala fundraisers for Moffitt Cancer Center and the American Heart Association.

Health disparities summit set for Feb. 5-6 in Tampa
Florida Courier – Feb. 4
The Florida Health Equity Research Institute, W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute and Student National Medical Association are hosting the Florida Health Disparities Summit: Strengthening Research Collaborations in Personalized Medicine, Social Determinants and Community Engagement on Feb. 5-6 at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Lion Biotechnologies names Steven A. Fischkoff Chief Medical Officer
CNN Money – Feb. 4
TIL therapy is also being evaluated in physician-sponsored clinical trials at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center.

USF's Courtney Williams eclipses 2,000 career points in win
The Oracle – Feb. 3
The Bulls, who donned special all-grey uniforms in support of the Moffitt Cancer Center and brain cancer research, came out as the aggressor

Dave Andreychuk in Hamilton for Saturday's Steelhawks game
The Spec – Feb. 4
The Foundation has supported the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and Moffitt Cancer Center in the States in addition to Hamilton’s McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Hamilton Minor Hockey Council.

Williams, No. 19 South Florida beat Cincinnati 82-49
KDWN – Feb. 3
South Florida honored the Moffitt Cancer Center's strides in finding a cure for brain cancer.

Specialty plate reduction bill draws flurry of amendments adding plates
Florida Politics – Feb. 3
For example, in 2014 plates for Kaiser University, Fallen Law Enforcement Officers, and Moffitt Cancer Center were approved.

Targeted hormone-radiation treatment shows promise in Midgut Neuroendocrine Tumors
Oncology Nurse Advisor – Feb. 3
“Our results indicate that Lutathera appears to be a safe and effective treatment option. On average, tumors responded to the drug for several years before they began growing again,” said Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, a medical oncologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and lead author of the study. “The new therapy is also more convenient. It requires only 4 treatments, as opposed to medications that patients have to take daily over long periods of time.” 

Health: Friends rally to help young parent face cancer treatment
The Coastal Star – Feb. 3
She was allowed to go home from the hospital for Christmas. But now she is back undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy. Once her cancer is in remission and a donor is found, she will go to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for a stem cell transplant. 

Prescient upbeat on cancer drug trials
Australian Business Review – Feb. 3
Professor Sebti, also chair of drug discovery at the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in the US, said the company was looking to double the response rate of women with breast cancer. “If we can increase the response rate to 50 per cent, we would consider that to be a huge success,” he said. “Imagine how many women have breast cancer and we can double that response rate — it would be considered a big success.” 

Priority Health
Bay News 9 – Feb. 3
Moffitt Cancer Center is researching “food deserts.” That’s a community where families don’t have quick, affordable, easy access to fresh fruits or vegetables.

Local group knits caps, blankets for cancer patients
ABC Action News – Feb. 2
Before she knew it, the group Caps for Moffitt Cancer Center was born. Through the summer, just two ladies spent time crocheting these beautiful caps and blankets. As snowbirds flocked to Florida, more women joined in.

Combining Nivolumab With Radiation Shows Promise in Melanoma Patients With Brain Mets
OncLive – Feb. 2
Researchers of Moffitt Cancer Center analyzed data from 26 patients with 73 brain metastases from two separate prospective clinical trials at the center. Radiation was administered prior to, during, and after nivolumab in 33 lesions (45%), 5 lesions (7%), and 35 lesions (48%), respectively. 

Martin Shkreli’s arrest – what are the implications?
EPM Magazine – Feb. 2
The Moffitt Cancer Center said in a statement to CNBC that it was  “was among several participating sites of the clinical trial 'Study of KB003 in Previously Treated Patients With Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML)'funded by KaloBios.”

Upfront Treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia CML
OncLive – Feb. 1
Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD: However, David, you don’t think that the assessment of early molecular response at three months is also is a nice marker to predict overall survival and progression-free survival as many trials have shown?

THE MARLINS' HIGHLY UNPOPULAR LICENSE PLATE COULD BE ELIMINATED UNDER BILL
Miami New Times – Feb. 1
The analysis of the bill notes that the plates for the American Legion, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Fallen Law Enforcement, Florida Sheriff’s Association, Lauren’s Kids, and Moffitt Cancer Center are new additions and are still growing in popularity. 

CDC Endorses A More Effective HPV Vaccine To Prevent Cancer
NPR – Feb. 1
One third of child victims of sexual abuse are younger than age 9, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau. But 9 is the earliest age the vaccine is licensed for, explained Anna Giuliano, director of the Center for Infection Research in Cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, and a researcher who led HPV vaccine clinical trials.

Obama says USA will cure cancer ‘once and for all
Sinema Blaze – Jan. 30
"We knew where the moon was and generally how to get there, cancer is much more complicated", said Dr. Thomas Sellers, the director of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Bill would reduce number of specialty license plates in Florida
Tampa Tribune – Jan. 30
Some existing plates, including colleges and universities, that fall below the proposed 4,000 threshold are exempt. Other exempt plates include Moffitt Cancer Center, which is displayed on 674 vehicles; American Legion 791; Big Brother Big Sister, 554; and Fallen Law Enforcement with 1,360.

Sixty-Nine cancer centers urge HPV vaccination
The Cancer Letter – Jan. 29
“It was a one-year supplemental fund to the cancer centers, and the cancer centers themselves decided to organize meetings so that they could learn from each other,” Vinson said to The Cancer Letter. “There were two meetings: the first one was held at Moffitt in January 2015, and then in November, MD Anderson hosted a meeting so that the cancer centers could come together to talk about what had happened during their one-year supplement.”

Moffitt doctors visit the White House
Bay News 9 –Jan. 29
The Moffitt Cancer Cancer has already been in talks with Biden's office about the plan--including Dr. Thomas Sellers--Moffitt's executive vice president and director.

Lutathera ‘an exciting new option for therapy’ in midgut neuroendocrine tumors
Helio.com – Jan. 29
One abstract “of particular interest and … import to clinicians … was presented by [Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD,]from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., in which there was a comparison … of a radioactive form of octreotide [and] the standard form of octreotide used to treat patients with midgut neuroendocrine cancers,” Picozzi said. “In this rather large trial … there was a striking difference in disease control and time to progression using the radioactive compound as opposed to the standard compound.”

Moffitt doctors visit the White House
News 13 – Jan. 29
The Moffitt Cancer Center has the attention of the White House and pretty soon, maybe the nation. Two of Moffitt's top leaders, Dr. Thomas Sellers and Dr. William Dalton, spent some time at the White House this week.

Multi-million dollar donation given to Florida groups for cancer research
WJHG – Jan. 29
The money was dispersed among a number of universities and cancer research centers, including the University of Florida, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and Mayo Clinic Florida.

Nacagdoches doctor predicts long road to cancer cure
Jan. 29 – LidTime.com
The bold declaration was welcome news to Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center. Biden plans to involve both the public and the private sector in this quest and hopefully those plans also include some of the breakthrough technology coming out of Silicon Valley. Data collection and sharing should be easier and more productive.

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