January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016

Study finds African-American children have low Hodgkin lymphoma survival rates in Florida
Miami Herald – Jan. 22
Dr. Celeste Bello, an associate professor at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa who specializes in adult lymphoma, agreed. She added that discrepancies in survival rates are also seen in breast, colon and lung cancer.

A recipe for prevention
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 21
"These are things you can do today to prevent cancer, not something that someone else has to do for you," said Nagi Kumar, a researcher and director of cancer chemoprevention at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Retired TBD officer battles cancer
Bay News 9 – Jan. 21
Police officer jose feliciano - made it back to the bay area yesterday - thanks to money raised by the department - and the community. feliciano is battling cancer and came back to town on an air ambulance from puerto rico. his family wanted him here to get treated at moffitt cancer center.

Moffitt director: Ready to lead national war on cancer
FOX-13 – Jan. 21
The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is one of the best hospitals in the country.  So when center director Dr. Thomas Sellers heard the president say, “Let’s cure cancer once and for all,” he stood up and cheered. 

Retired Tampa detective battling cancer returns home from Puerto Rico after community rallies
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 21
Jose Feliciano, 61, flew to Tampa on Wednesday on a flight provided by Jet I.C.U., an air ambulance service based in Brooksville. Diagnosed with gastric cancer, the 26-year veteran was stuck in a Puerto Rican hospital in deplorable conditions and had grown weak enough to need a medical flight to get home to Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center. But insurance wouldn’t cover the trip.

Capitol Intrigue: Day 6
News-Press – Jan. 21
The Moffitt Cancer Center had displays and held a news conference with Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam. Moffitt and Putnam endorsed fresh from Florida fruits and vegetables to fight cancer. 

State Officials Dig Into Assistance For Needy Families
WJCT (Jacksonville) – Jan. 20
Meanwhile a few hours later and a few floors down in the Capitol Wednesday, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam echoed Clark-Reed--joining forces with the Moffitt Cancer Center to talk about the important role diet plays in staying healthy. 

Moffitt Day in Tallahassee
WUFT (Gainesville) – Jan. 20
Former Speak of the House Lee Moffitt and others from the Moffitt Cancer Center announced a new research collaboration.

Moffitt Cancer Center Teams with State to Look at Food Deserts
WUSF Public Media – Jan. 20
Moffitt Cancer Center is pairing with the state to see if making fruits and vegetables available to children in areas with limited access to them can decrease their risk of cancer.

Police officers help ex-Tampa cop travel for cancer treatment
Bay News 9 – Jan. 20
Jose Feliciano will go to Moffitt Cancer Center to undergo treatment. The family plans to keep everyone updated with his condition on their GoFundMe page. Watch the video here.

Community support brings retired TPD detective home for treatment
FOX-13 – Jan. 20
The retired TDP detective was diagnosed with gastric and colon cancer back in October. He needed $30,000 to make it to Moffitt Cancer Center for treatment.

Ditching the tie: Enterprise Florida’s rebranding campaign reveal coming
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Jan. 20
Hice’s depth of experience includes positions at Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and Segway Inc.

Tampa officials apply for “TechHire” federal grant to aid University area
SaintPetersBlog – Jan. 20
There’s now a concentrated effort by local business officials to reverse that situation, culminating in the creation of the Tampa Innovation Alliance, a partnership between USF, Florida Hospital, Busch Gardens, University Mall, the Moffitt Cancer Center and 115 local businesses.

Florida Politics blog – Jan. 20
In a joint appearance with representatives of the Moffitt Cancer Center, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam promoted cancer-fighting “superfoods” grown in the state, such as blueberries and broccoli.

Tech firm gets OK to build downtown
The Tampa Tribune – Jan. 20
Eriksson’s plan also meshes well with the objective of the Tampa Innovation Alliance, formed in 2011 in an effort to revitalize 25,000 acres of mainly transient housing and low-income neighborhoods in the North Tampa area anchored by the University of South Florida, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital and RD Management, owner of the University Square Mall.

Delcath launches Phase III trial for ocular melanoma treatment
MassDevice – Jan. 20
“We believe the Focus trial puts us on the fastest path to a regulatory submission in the U.S. and initiation of this trial is a landmark event for Delcath. We are delighted to be working with the Moffitt Cancer Center and look forward to activating a number of other premier cancer centers as clinical sites in the coming months.  Our goal is to have an interim analysis, which we expect to occur in the 2nd half of 2017.  We look forward to bringing this potentially life-saving therapy to patients suffering with hepatic ocular melanoma,” CEO Dr. Jennifer Simpson said in a press release.

Meet the richest person in Tampa
Business Observer – Jan. 20
DeBartolo, who owned the San Francisco 49ers NFL franchise from 1977 to 2000, has a large impact on Tampa. He runs a property development and investment firm; he co-founded a charter high school with former Tampa Bay Buccaneer star Derrick Brooks; and he is on the board for the Moffitt Cancer Center, according to Forbes.

Nolan Middle students prepare for HOSA competition
East County Observer – Jan. 20
Students take field trips to facilities such as Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and Moffitt Cancer Center.

Asco-GI Preview - Lutathera Delivers Again
Seeking Alpha – Jan. 21
At the time of analysis median PFS had not been reached, but risk of progression was cut by 79% in the Lutathera group versus octreotide(p<0.0001). Netter-1’s authors, headed by Dr Jonathan Strosberg of the Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida, said this was the first prospective, randomised trial to show the efficacy of Lutathera.

Sports Calendar
Cape Coral Daily Breeze – Jan. 20
Hooters Half-Marathon - Hooters on Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers; 7 a.m. start, certified 13.1-mile course identical to prior years on Colonial Boulevard, McGregor Boulevard, downtown River District, Edison Bridge and back; awards party at Hooters follows race; online registration fee $60 per person; proceeds benefit Moffitt Cancer Center, Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund. Web: hootershalfmarathon.com

A city comes together for a good cop
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 19
Retirement and riding his motorcycle did not last long enough. Diagnosed with gastric cancer, he was in a Puerto Rican hospital with deplorable conditions — rust, mold, you even had to provide your own pillow and blanket, according to a fellow former detective who recently flew in to see him. Feliciano, 61, had grown weak enough to need a medical flight to get home to Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. Insurance wouldn't cover it.

Obama takes crucial step in curing cancer
The Oracle – Jan. 19
Vice President Joe Biden has been chosen to oversee the collaboration with Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center, which is playing a lead role in the increasing effort to find a cure. Obama referred to this effort as a “moon shot,” which is an accurate reflection of the bold announcement.

Big PFS Jump for Midgut NETs With Radiolabeled Drug
MedPage Today – Jan. 19
Both treatment groups had a low incidence of severe adverse events, reported Jonathan Strosberg, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and colleagues, at the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium.

Lu-Dotatate Continues to Offer Major Benefits to Patients With Midgut NETs
Targeted Oncology – Jan. 19
The update of Lu-Dotatate's efficacy comes from the randomized phase III NETTER-1 trial, which also showed that the therapy was “quite well-tolerated,” according to lead author Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, medical oncologist, Moffitt Cancer Center. Strosberg presented the results during a presscast at the 2016 Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers Symposium to be held between January 21 and 23 in San Francisco, California.

Results for Lu-Dotatate in Patients With Midgut NETs Continue to Impress
OncLive – Jan. 19
This update from the randomized phase III NETTER-1 trial also showed that the therapy was “quite well-tolerated,” according to lead author Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, a medical oncologist with Moffitt Cancer Center, who presented the results during a presscast at the 2016 Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancers Symposium to be held January 21-23 in San Francisco, California.

Lutathera Slows Disease Progression in Midgut Neuroendocrine Tumors
Cancer Network – Jan. 19
“While there have been few available systemic treatment options for patients progressing under somatostatin analogues, Lutathera has a major therapeutic benefit for this patient population,” said study author Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, a medical oncologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Lutathera improves outcomes in metastatic midgut neuroendocrine tumors
HemOnc Today – Jan. 19
“The 79% improvement in PFS is the largest that we have seen in a randomized neuroendocrine tumor trial,” Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, medical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, told HemOnc Today. “Moreover, there is a very strong suggestion of improvement in OS with 22 deaths on the octreotide arm vs. only 13 with Lutathera. The safety profile of the drug is highly favorable.”

Editorial: Mounting a moon-shot effort against cancer
Tampa Tribune – Jan. 14
Along with the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt initiated a national effort to improve access to the latest cancer therapies. The network is collecting data from hundreds of thousands of patients to study cancer at the molecular level in an effort to develop individualized treatments.

The Ackerman Group ranks No. 1 Group in Sarasota County
New Tampa Patch – Jan. 14
Barbara is a lifetime board member of the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation. The Group is also supports The Moffitt Cancer center, The Ringling Museum, All Faiths Food Bank, Forty Carrots, The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Mutation analysis in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
OncLive – Jan. 14
Joining me today are my colleagues; Dr. Harry Erba, a professor of medicine and director of Hematologic Malignancy Program at The University of Alabama in Birmingham; Dr. Kevin Kelly, an associate professor of clinical medicine at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Southern California; Dr. Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, an associate professor for the Department of Malignant Hematology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida; and Dr. David Snyder, the associate chair for the Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope in Duarte, California.

Tampa's Moffitt center to play lead role in Biden's 'moon shot' to cure cancer
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 14
The bold declaration was welcome news to Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. The nationally known research institute has already been talking to Biden's office about ways to realize the vision — and hopes to be a leader in the effort, executive vice president and center director Thomas Sellers said Wednesday.

Study will urge Fla. To boost its medical tourism profile
Travel Weekly – Jan. 13
After all, he said, the Sunshine State has famed medical facilities such as the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, the University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Center and branches of the Mayo and Cleveland clinics, to name just a few.

Local radiologist disagrees with latest mammogram recommendations
WFLA – Jan. 12
The US Preventive Services Task force finalized the guidelines claiming the chance of a false positive is both emotionally and financially expensive. However Dr. Bethany Niell at Moffitt Cancer Center is telling her patients not to wait.

TROD Medical receives CE Mark approval for Encage
BioSpace – Jan. 11
Clinical studies using the Encage device for treatment of prostate cancer are being performed at world renowned centers including: University College London (UCL) Hospitals, London; the J. Lee Moffitt Cancer Centre and Research Institute, Tampa, USA; the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine, NY, USA; and the Long Island Jewish (LIJ) School of Medicine, NY, USA.

Medical research organization renews lease at Tampa Palms
Commercial Property Executive – Jan. 11
Located within the Tampa Palms Community Development District, the 86,000-square-foot Class-A office building is surrounded by high-end residential developments and it is easily accessible to nearby major medical facilities including the University of South Florida, Florida Hospital, and the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Florida Capitol 2016 Schedule: An epicenter of events
Tallahassee Democrat – Jan. 11
Moffitt Cancer Center: Dozens of cyclists will complete their 3-day, 300+ miles journey from Tampa to Tallahassee to kick off Moffitt Day 2016, a day that raises awareness of the toll cancer has on Florida's families & what Moffitt is dong to contribute to the cure. Kimberly Polacek – (813) 745.7408. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Front Steps of Historic Capitol

Smoking ban may face peer enforcement difficulties
The Oracle – Jan. 11
However, the USF system-wide ban started in 2009 with USF Health and the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Estamos al comienzo de otro nivel de medicina, que intenta conocer más la base biológica de la enfermedad
Herencia Genetica Y Enfermedad – Jan. 9
Este estudio se denomina “Análisis de los factores pronósticos y aplicabilidad de los modelos pronósticos utilizados habitualmente en pacientes con SMD relacionados con el tratamiento“. Un estudio del International Working Group (IWG-PM) for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), en el que se han incluido más de 1.800 casos que provienen del registro español de SMD, del registro austríacoalemán, el registro suizo, el registro italiano y el de tres centros americanos: MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston Texas), Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa; Florida) y Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio).



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