May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

Genetic tests guide cancer therapy, improve efficacy
Managed Healthcare – May 27
Cancer treatment has continued to shift from traditional cytotoxic therapies, aimed at inhibiting the growth of fast-growing cells, toward targeting a particular cellular pathway that appears to be activated in a patient’s particular cancer, according to Christine M. Walko, PharmD, FCCP, BCOP, of the Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Pulling opioid risk data from a PDMP can help prescribers
Pain Medicine News – May 26
David Craig, PharmD, a clinical pharmacist specializing in pain management at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., said the tool presents data in a usable format for clinicians.

New study finds drug Keytruda prolongs survival for advanced melanoma patients
Tampa Bay Times – May 26
"We have been expecting these longer-term results and waiting for the studies to be completed. Now we know. We can prolong survival in more than a third of patients with advanced disease — a disease that was, just a few years ago, almost always fatal," said Dr. Nikhil Khushalani, a medical oncologist and associate member in the Department of Cutaneous Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center.

How colon cancer made me a better person
Everyday Health – May 26
Based on numerous recommendations, I decided to see David Shibata, MD, then an oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. (Dr. Shibata has since become the chair of surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.) Moffitt is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.

Genetic Biomarker Predictive of Peripheral Neuropathy in Patients Receiving Docetaxel for Prostate Cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor – May 25
"The genetic variant of VAC14 identified in this study could be useful for understanding the mechanism of docetaxel-induced neuropathy and may be informative for avoiding docetaxel treatment in patients at elevated neuropathy risk," said Howard McLeod, PharmD, medical director of the DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. 

Outdoors Planner: Paddle Against Cancer, Weedon Island Preserve, Boating Safety Week
Tampa Bay Times – May 25
Standup paddleboarding is the fastest-growing water sport, a great workout for your core, and fun to boot. This weekend atPaddle Against Cancer, you can do something good for others at the same time. In this benefit for Moffitt Cancer Center, choose from a 3-mile or 7-mile paddle around Treasure Island through the Intracoastal Waterway, followed by a party at the Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway.

Paddle Against Cancer 2016
WFLA – May 25
After multiple surgeries, including one to remove a kidney, Gene was declared cancer free. He organized Paddle Against Cancer in 2011, a fundraiser for Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Top employers who offer in-house childcare
ABC Action News – May 24
Other local companies offering local in-house childcare options include USF, Tampa General, St. Loes, Moffitt Cancer Center, USAA, Citigroup and ASI.

Ranking rates St. Petersburg among the worst cities for skin cancer risk
Tampa Bay Times – May 24
Sondak said Tampa Bay area residents can reduce their risk of developing melanoma or other types of skin cancer by taking proper precautions, such as avoiding the sun at peak exposure hours, wearing protective clothing and using sunblock.

Top Takeaways from ASH: Oral anticoagulants shift cancer-related thrombosis treatment paradigm
Healio – May 24
Khorana also pointed to a retrospective chart review of patients at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., demonstrating similar rates of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism with rivaroxaban vs. the LMWH dalteparin (Fragmin, Pfizer).

CPX-351 granted breakthrough designation for AML
Targeted Oncology – May 23
“The overall survival advantage seen with CPX-351 compared to 7+3, along with a superior response rate and no increase in serious toxicity indicates that we'll likely have a new standard of care for treating older patients with secondary AML,” principal investigator for the study Jeffrey E. Lancet, MD, senior member and chief of the Leukemia/Myelodysplasia Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, said a statement when the survival data were released in March 2015.

HealthMyne's Mark Gehring to receive 'Seize the Day' award
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – May 23
"HealthMyne is on the cutting edge of this new field of radiomics, working with experts at UW-Madison and Dr. Bob Gillies at Moffitt Cancer Center," said Scott Button, a managing director at Venture Investors, which has a stake in HealthMyne.

Implementing hypofractionation: the impact on radiation oncology practices
Applied Radiation Oncology - May 22
Co-author Peter A.S. Johnstone, MD, clinical director and vice chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and colleagues determined that if 40% of this hypothetical patient load received shorter treatments based on regimens described in the article, the radiation oncology department treating them would experience a global decrease in revenue of approximately $540,663 per year. 

News Radio 610 – May 22
75,000 people in America are diagnosed every year with melanoma About 10000 patients will die a year from the skin cancer. Almost all melanoma is caused by exposure to the sun .Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center’s Dr. Jonathan Zager says wearing sunscreen at least an spf 30 is key. “Reapply frequently after sweating or swimming, being outside and playing sports, you want to reapply it at least every two hours.”

Hurricane preparedness packs delivered to homebound neighbors
WTSP – May 21
Today, Meals On Wheels of Tampa, The Moffitt Cancer Center, Suncoast Credit Union, USF and many other dedicated volunteers delivered special Hurricane Preparedness Packs to people in our community who can't get around easily on their own.

Swim Across America
Bay News 9 – May 21
We've already got some swimmers out in the water off pier 60 for the Fifth Annual Moffitt Cancer Center Swim Across America Charity Swim. People of all ages are participating in this morning’s event, many of them honoring friends and loved ones who have fought or are fighting cancer. We just met long time event volunteer Jan,  who also happens to be a survivor. She had pre-pancreatic cancer and credits the doctors at Moffitt for detecting it so soon and saving her life.

Florida Swim Network – May 21
Olympians Brooke Bennett (1996, 2000), Eric Wunderlich (1996) and Craig Beardsley(1980) were on hand along many cancer survivors, area swim teams, spectators and professionals from the Moffitt Cancer Center.


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