February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

Axicabtagene Ciloleucel Demonstrates Safety and Efficacy Lymphoma
Targeted Oncology – Feb. 9
Frederick Locke, MD, a medical oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, and colleagues reported an overall response rate of 71% (5 of 7 patients) including 4 patients who developed a rapid CR within 1 month of treatment. 

Bills filed to fund Moffitt expansion and renovation using cigarette tax
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Feb. 8
A pair of bills filed by Rep. Jamie Grant (R-Tampa) and Sen. Dana Young (R-Tampa) would fund sweeping renovations to Moffitt Cancer Center’s nearly 30-year old facility in Tampa.

Cindy Gruden at Capitol to support boosting cigarette tax for Moffitt Cancer funding
Saint Petersblog - Feb. 7
With former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden sick at home, wife Cindy stepped in to stump for Moffitt Cancer Center’s request for increased funding at the Capitol Tuesday.

Cindy Gruden at Capitol to support boosting cigarette tax for Moffitt Cancer funding
Florida Politics (blog) - ‎Feb. 7
With former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden sick at home, wife Cindy Gruden stepped in to stump for Moffitt Cancer Center's request for increased funding at the Capitol.

Moffitt Cancer Center Asks Lawmakers to Increase Cigarette Tax Funding
Capital Soup – Feb. 7
Moffitt Cancer Center Executive Vice President and Center Director Thomas A. Sellers, Ph.D., MPH, was joined by State Rep. James Grant and State Sen. Dana Young today to announce a new bill asking lawmakers for an $8 million increase in the annual funding that the cancer center receives from Florida’s cigarette tax. 

Sequencing Strategies in Low-Risk MDS
OncLive – Feb. 7
Rami S. Komrokji, MD: If I may answer your question, if you don’t mind, there are a couple things: even in the Intergroup study, if you look at the responses, the 10% was all-comers in the intent-to-treat; like, if you look at the evaluated patients, it’s a little bit higher.

Moffitt Cancer Center pushes for more cigarette tax funding
Tallahassee Democrat – Feb. 7
The Moffitt Cancer Center announced its plans to support a bill requesting an additional $8 million from the cigarette tax during the 12th Annual Moffitt Day at the Capitol.

GARD: A Move Toward Precision Radiation Therapy
Oncology Nurse Advisor – Feb. 7
“Despite its common use in cancer treatment, radiotherapy has not yet entered the era of precision medicine, and there have been no approaches to adjust dose based on biological differences between or within tumors,” wrote Javier F. Torres-Roca, MD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida.

Contingent heads to Tallahassee for Moffitt Day 2017
Bay News 9 - Feb. 7
Moffitt Cancer Center patients and caregivers are joining forces today to make sure the facility continues to receive state support. 

Moffitt Day 2017: Volunteers heading to Tallahassee to pitch cancer research legislation
ABC Action News – Feb. 7
On Tuesday, cancer researchers, doctors, and patients will converge at the state Capitol to keep the disease a top priority for state legislators.
It’s all part of the 12th Annual Moffitt Day, organized by the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Draft bill shows Medicaid changes, Health Department takes marijuana rule on the road
Politico – Feb. 6
STATE CANCER RESEARCH — The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute received $7.1 million for research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and tobacco-related diseases. In all, $16 million was awarded to 16 different research projects at four universities across the state, as well as the Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center.

For a Syrian student at Saint Leo University, home is 'wherever offers you safety and freedom'
Tampa Bay Times – Feb. 6
This semester, he's taking six classes and working three part-time jobs: tutoring, programming for a furniture company and valet parking at Moffitt Cancer Center. When he has time, he plays video games and hangs out with his TKE brothers, even if it means watching a football game he doesn't quite understand.

State of Florida Awards $16 Million In Research Funding To Develop Cures For Cancer, Tobacco Diseases
Space Coast Daily – Feb. 4
The following organizations received awards:
– Florida A&M University – $94,810 for one project;
– Florida Atlantic University – $622,683 for one project;
– H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute – $7,162,380 for six projects;
– University of Florida – $2,648,986 for two projects; and
– University of Miami – $5,728,856 for six projects.

Cyclists journey 325 miles for ‘Cure on Wheels’
Bay News 9 – Feb. 4
The cyclists ride about 100 miles a day and finish up their journey with a 10-mile ride to the Capitol Building in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, where they will join cancer advocates and leaders from Moffit Cancer Center for the 12th annual Moffit Day at the Capitol. 

36 woman physician leaders to know
Becker’s Spine Review – Feb. 3
Christine Laronga, MD. Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.). Dr. Laronga is president of the Association of Women Surgeons. She is a board-certified general surgeon and a senior member of the department of women's oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center. She is the Florida State chair for the Commission on Cancer

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