March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Two Pinellas hospitals join list of leaders in LGBT equality
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 25, 2016
They joined H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, St. Petersburg General Hospital, VA Bay Pines Healthcare System and VA James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, which have been on the list previously.

Caridad Center receives grant for melanoma clinic
March 25 – Sun Sentinel
Monies raised from the event go to support Caridad, Moffitt Cancer Institute and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation of the Palm Beaches

In the Hall
Business Observer – March 25
The seven inductees to the Florida Investors Hall of Fame class of 2016 include: William Dalton, founder and CEO of M2Gen, a subsidiary of Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa. He holds 10 U.S. patents.

OncoBreak: Cancer in the Floor; Cancerous Products; Cancer Diagnosis Disaster
MedPage Today – March 24
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center found that combining the acid reducer sodium bicarbonate with new immunotherapeutic drugs enhanced the latter's ability to kill cancer cells in laboratory studies. (Cancer Research)

Florida woman returns to Milwaukee to climb for mom
Charlotte Observer – March 24
But the Floral City, Fla. resident persisted with treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where Jimmy Carter also received treatment.

Systematic therapy approaches in metastatic colorectal cancer
OncLive – March 23
Richard Kim, MD: I think that’s the problem, that for a lot of referrals from the outside, we don’t know. So if we have a patient who comes in with stage IV disease, I don’t know the RAS status, I don’t know where the specimen is, and they want to get started right away.

Island style fair to help Haitian cultural center
Tampa Tribune – March 23
It will include an Easter egg hunt, games, music, food and a free clinic, staffed by health professionals from Moffitt Cancer Center and USF Health.

177-Lu-Dotatate augmenta el 18% la taxa de resposta objectiva en TNE
Gaceta Medica – March 23
Així ho va exposar Jonathan Strosberg, director del Departament d'Investigació Gastrontestinal del Moffitt Cancer Center, de Florida (Estats Units), durant la conferència anual de la Societat Europea de Tumors Neuroendocrins, celebrada el 10 i 11 de març a Barcelona.

Stem Cell transplant in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
OncLive – March 22
Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD: Another very important point for when you visit a transplanter is to really increase the adherence because they now have to consider the toxicity of the transplant. So I’m sure they are really encouraged to take the drug for the rest of their life.

Enhancing security programs to handle today’s rising threats
Healthcare IT News – March 21
These bad actors are very smart, creative and have their sights set on healthcare. Kurt J. Long, CEO and founder of FairWarning, Robert Rost, IT operations director of defensive services, IT security at Banner Health, and Dave Summitt, director of cyber security operations at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, shined a light on today's greatest threats to protected health information (PHI) and provided a game plan to help healthcare systems secure and protect their organizations during "Escalated Threats to PHI Require a New Approach to Privacy and Security," an educational event at the HIMSS Annual Conference in Las Vegas in March.

New Cancer Task Force Director
Bay News 9 – March 21
Greg Simon was chosen to lead the Obama administration's new "cancer moonshot task force." we've heard Moffitt Cancer Center will play a role. 

Moffitt pathologists identify new potential target in ovarian serous cancer
Bright Surf – March 21
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers discovered that patients with ovarian serous cancer and an overexpression of the HER4 protein are less likely to respond to chemotherapy and have a lower rate of survival.  

Florida Orchestra to visit communities around state in first 'residency' outreach
Tampa Bay Times, March 21
The orchestra offered Francis the job of music director in 2014. One of his first moves was to put on a free concert at the end of that year at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Heartland Health
KFVS – March 21, 2016

A breast cancer breakthrough -- that could change how some patients are treated. Doctors in England say they were able to get rid of tumors in less than two weeks. Courtney Robinson-- took their findings to Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center to find out what this means for you. 

Moffitt pathologists identify new potential target in ovarian serous cancer
News Medical  – March 21
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers discovered that patients with ovarian serous cancer and an over-expression of the HER4 protein are less likely to respond to chemotherapy and have a lower rate of survival. That’s according to a study Carolina Strosberg, M.D., presented at the 2016 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington.

Melanoma before, during pregnancy a ‘substantial problem’
HemOnc Today – March 19
Vernon K. Sondak, MD, chair of the department of cutaneous oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center and aHemOnc Today Editorial Board member, discussed the influence of previously or newly diagnosed melanoma in women before, during and after pregnancy at HemOnc Today Melanoma and Cutaneous Malignancies.

Biopharma firm wants Moffitt for 'next generation' treatment development
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 18
Moffitt Cancer Center is likely to boost its collaboration with a California biopharma company that focuses on developing and commercializing immunotherapy products to harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to target and kill cancer cells.

Janet Literski’s fight for Air Climb at U.S. Bank was for mom
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – March 18
But the Floral City, Fla. resident persisted with treatment at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where Jimmy Carter also received treatment. “I was early stage so they were able to do the Whipple procedure,” used to remove tumors from the pancreas, said Literski.

Radiation treatment may raise colon cancer risk, hormone therapy may weaken brain
Bel Marra Health – March 18
According to the lead researcher Brian Gonzalez, a postdoctoral fellow at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, though there is evidence of worsening mental function associated with hormone therapy, the study by itself does not conclusively prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Experts debate role of completion lymphadenectomy for node-positive melanoma
Helio – March 18
“These guidelines often offer precious little in the way of actual guidance, in part because they include a use of words that don’t really help us understand what we are supposed to do,” Vernon K. Sondak, MD, chair of the department of cutaneous oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center and a HemOnc Today Editorial Board member, said during his presentation. 

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