January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016

$16M given to Florida groups for cancer research
Ocala Star Banner – 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.

Researcher shares strategies for reducing risk of cancer, recurrence
Atlanta Journal Constitution – Jan. 29
"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.

Cancer research funding
Fox 13 – Jan. 29
Florida department of health has announced over $16 million in research funding was awarded to 17 different projects. some that far money is going to the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Researcher shares strategies for reducing risk of cancer, recurrence
Palm Beach Post – Jan. 29
"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.

President aims for the moon to cure cancer
Jewocity.com – Jan. 29
The bold declaration was welcome news to Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center.

Moffitt leaders meet with White House staff to discuss cancer-fighting task force
Tampa Tribune – Jan. 29
Dr. Thomas Sellers, center director of Moffitt Cancer Center, Dr. William Dalton, CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center’s M2Gen research division, and other leaders from the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network met with members of the White House and Vice President Joe Biden’s staff Thursday to discuss how the alliance could serve as a model for nationwide collaborations in cancer research.

Nivolumab combined with radiation therapy may be new treatment option for patients with melanoma brain metastases, say Moffitt Cancer Center
Medical News Today – Jan. 27
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center recently reported the first series of patients treated with this combined modality approach. They found that radiation therapy combined with the immune-targeting drug nivolumab in melanoma patients with brain metastases is safe and improves their survival compared to historical data.

Radioisotope lowers progression risk with manageable toxicity in patients with Midgut NET
Oncology Times – Jan. 27
“Currently, there are limited therapeutic options for patients with advanced midgut neuroendocrine tumors progressing on first-line somatostatin analog therapy,” said study author Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, Associate Professor at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, in the presscast previewing the symposium. 

The Florida Orchestra Drops in at USF
WUSF – Jan. 27
With a slogan of "Like class...but way better," the Orchestra is working with USF School of Music students, visiting patients at the Moffitt Cancer Center, and sharing classical music with the public at a concert Thursday evening.

Here’s what VP Biden’s cancer ‘moonshot’ will try to do
We Up It – Jan. 27
“Your challenge matches the singular mission of Moffitt Cancer Center, and we have enlisted numerous nation’s most prestigious cancer institutions in this effort”.

Trigaux: Florida to launch fresher, better-funded business branding campaign
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 27
With the hiring in October of Tampa Bay marketing veteran Joe Hice, formerly with the Moffitt Cancer Center and the person who led the team that created the University of Florida's "Gator Nation" brand, Johnson is honoring his own timetable.

ORIEN precision cancer initiative designed to do what no single center can achieve alone
HemOnc Today– Jan. 26
HemOnc Today spoke with Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, and William S. Dalton, PhD, MD, CEO of M2Gen, a Moffitt Cancer Center biotechnology company, about how ORIEN has evolved since its launch in May 2014, as well as what future initiatives are planned.

The List: Top 5 cancer centers in Florida
Orlando Business Journal – Jan. 26
2: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

Collaboration key to cancer research
The Columbus Dispatch – Jan. 26
This is why in 2014 Ohio State partnered with Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., to launch the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, a national network that has since grown to include 11 respected cancer centers that share the same protocol so that all biologic samples and associated genomic data donated for science enter the same biobank.

6 strategies for reducing your risk of cancer
The Hamilton Spectator – Jan. 25
"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. "Knowing this means you can take responsibility for your own health risk prevention. And not just for preventing cancer, but for other major chronic health problems like heart disease and diabetes."

ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, Jan. 21-23
Doctors Lounge – Jan. 25
In phase III study, Jonathan Strosberg, M.D., of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and colleagues evaluated the efficacy and safety of 177 Lutetium-DOTATATE (Lutathera), a somatostatin analog attached to a radioactive molecule, in patients with advanced mid-gut neuroendocrine tumors who were previously treated with somatostatin analog therapy.

Surgeon puts cancer under the knife
News Journal – Jan. 25
I trained at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. They have a training program for general surgeons who want to specialize in doing cancer, specifically in the areas of breast, skin, such as melanoma, and soft tissue diseases, such as sarcomas, as well as endocrine and gastro-intestinal — stomach, colon, liver and pancreas.

Doctors seeing more people in their 30s and 40s with colon cancer, study says
Tampa Bay Times – Jan. 25
"I think our current guidelines are good enough," said Dr. Sophie Dessureault, a surgical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and professor of surgery at USF Health. "We don't need to change what's in place, we just need to better apply the guidelines so younger patients aren't dismissed as having nothing."

Clinical goals of treating CML
OncLive – Jan 25
Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD: As you very well know, every patient is different and I think to have a one-only approach for all patients is impossible. There is no doubt there are several factors that I consider, and many of us consider, when we discuss the multiple options for frontline therapy

Local cancer specialist sees promise in ‘Moonshot’ initiative
Jewocity.com – Jan. 25
Plenty of enterprising research still is being done, including at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Tampa police officers rally for retired comrade in Puerto Rico hospital
TBO – Jan. 24
The money covered the fuel used for Feliciano’s JET I.C.U. plane ride along with the ground transports from the hospital in Puerto Rico and the one that brought him to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa where he is being treated for gastric cancer.

Curing cancer once and for all
Gconew.com – Jan. 24
The bold declaration was welcome news to Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center.

ACS applauds president’s call to cure cancer
Tri County Sun Times – Jan. 24
Sellers hopes to talk with the VP more about the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, a Moffitt-founded group of 11 nationally recognized cancer centers that collaborates on research.

MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program seeks to cure cancer
Tri County Sun Times – Jan. 23
Moffitt is a leader with precision medicine and immunotherapy, harnessing the immune system to cure cancer. Five-year survival rates are up for many cancers. The Society expects that more than 1.6 million in the United States people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer this year alone.

Moonshot to cure cancer? We’ve heard that before. Many times
Celeb Café – Jan. 23
“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.

Fattah joins VP Biden at Penn to announce new cancer initiative
You Don’t Know Football – Jan. 23
The American Cancer Society predicts there will be almost 1.7 million new cancer cases this year, and more than 595,000 deaths. In December, there was a conference call with his staff. Sellers hopes to talk with the VP more about the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, a Moffitt-founded group of 11 nationally recognized cancer centers that collaborates on research.

Gene sequencing offers promising avenue for VP Biden’s ‘moonshot’ to cure cancer
Jewocity.com – Jan. 23
Sellers hopes to talk with the VP more about the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, a Moffitt-founded group of 11 nationally recognizedcancer centers that collaborates on research.

Cancer ‘moonshot’ aims to speed fight against No. 2. Killer
Celeb Café – Jan. 23
Moffitt is a leader with precision medicine and immunotherapy, harnessing the immune system to cure cancer. A slow, steady wearing down of the opposition is no less a victory over cancer, he said.

Cancer 'moonshot' seeks to speed up search toward cure
Gconew.com – Jan. 23
Sellers hopes to talk with the VP more about the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, a Moffitt-founded group of 11 nationally recognized cancer centers that collaborates on research.

Eleven Inventors from Florida SUS Institutions Elected as Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors
Capital Soup – Jan. 22
They include inventors from the University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida State University, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition. 

The List: Florida Cancer Centers
South Florida Business Journal – Jan. 22
2: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

A view or elder guardianship from the bench
Herald Tribune – Jan. 22
For healthy women from 45 to 70 seeking to do more than wear pink outfits or write a check, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa is recruiting volunteers for a study that will compare common problems -- like fatigue, sleep disruption and inflammation -- between them and women who have gynecologic cancer.

Florida lawmakers can’t stop loving specialty license plates
Tampa Tribune - Jan. 22
There are more than 120 specialty license plates -- from "Trees are Cool" to "Play Tennis" to "Moffitt Cancer Center" -- available for sale in the state of Florida.

Moffitt, Federal government push for cancer cure
The Oracle – Jan. 22
“For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all,” Obama said in his address.
To the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, this is positive news, Federal Legislative Affairs Director John DeMuro said.

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