June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

Kent State football player, Fort Myers native Antwan Dixon makes comeback
WINK – June 15
Dixon had to get a blood transfusion from his father and was hospitalized for two and a half months at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Moffitt scholarships boost students aiming at STEAM careers
Tampa Bay Times – June 15
Riverview High senior Jessica Beavers walked into Moffitt Cancer Center's Stabile Research Building last week uncertain of her chances of winning one of the inaugural KIDZ STEAM Role Model Awards.

Opioid–Benzo Combination Still Plaguing Elderly
Pharmacy Practice News – June 15
David Craig, PharmD, the pharmacist lead in supportive care medicine and acute pain at Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla., believes efforts to reduce the need for opioids and benzodiazepines should focus on the link among chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Research details how lymphoma cells acquire resistance to targeted therapy
News Medical – June 15
Research published in Nature Communications by Eduardo Sotomayor, MD, director of the George Washington University Cancer Center and Jianguo Tao, MD, PhD, senior member of the Cancer Biology and Evolution Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, details how lymphoma cells are acquiring their resistance.

Gov. Scott vetoes funding for university-based programs
The Oracle – June 14
However, the university system lost approximately $9.4 million as well. The reduction includes funding for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center cannabis research and for the oceanography institute housed at USF. In total, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center was denied over $1.1 million for a cannabis research board and a coalition for medical cannabis research. 

The state needs to fund medical marijuana research
The Oracle - June 14
Clearly, the Moffitt Cancer Center — and the 15 million Americans living with cancer — would gain quite a bit from the $1.1 million Scott so generously denied them. Not to mention, now that medical marijuana is legal in the state of Florida, it’s in the best interest of Scott’s constituents to expand the scientific literature on the drug. 

Orange Park Senator On Expanded Use Of Medical Marijuana: ‘We Need More Research
WJCT-FM – June 14
The law allocates $750,000 to Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center to create the Coalition for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Education.

Resistance to targeted therapy in mantle cell lymphoma
Science Daily – June 14
Research published in Nature Communications by Eduardo Sotomayor, MD, director of the George Washington University Cancer Center and Jianguo Tao, MD, PhD, senior member of the Cancer Biology and Evolution Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, details how lymphoma cells are acquiring their resistance.

Experimental drug shows promise
Medical Xpress – June 14
A collaboration between Saïd M. Sebti, Ph.D., chair of Moffitt Cancer Center's Drug Discovery Department, and Michele Pagano, M.D., chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at New York University's Langone Medical Center, led to the publication of an important study in the latest issue of Nature. 

Orphan drug improves quality of life for patients with malignant NET gut tumors
DOTmed – June 13
“SSA have shown significant promise during the past two decades in the management of metastatic neuroendocrine tumors, but the data thus far came primarily from small trials and institutional series,” Dr. Jonathan Strosberg, associate professor at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, told HCB News.

Here are the numbers behind how cancer affects major workplaces, like Raymond James and Walgreens
Tampa Bay Business Journal – June 13
“Sometimes with large fundraising events, particularly with national organizations, there’s a concern about where the money is going, who it is helping. It’s going to places like Moffitt Cancer Center. In fact, Moffitt is one of the biggest beneficiaries of LLS when it comes to the research dollars raised through LLS,” Weatherford said.

Dr. Pinilla-Ibarz on Ibrutinib's Efficacy in Treating High-Risk Patients With CLL
OncLive – June 13
Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD, associate member, Malignant Hematology and Immunology Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the outcomes of patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and how ibrutinib (Imbruvica) targets these patients.

Novel peptide receptor radionuclide therapy improves wellbeing of neuroendocrine cancer patients
News Medical – June 13
"In nearly all quality of life domains, there were more cases of improvement and fewer cases of decline in quality of life with Lutathera compared to the control arm of the trial," said Jonathan Strosberg, MD, associate professor at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Experts Share Insight on Ibrutinib's Bright Future in CLL Landscape
Targeted Oncology – June 12
Jan A. Burger, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD, an associate member of the Malignant Hematology and Immunology Program at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, both shed their expertise on the field of CLL and the transformative role of ibrutinib in interviews with Targeted Oncology.

New light shed on inherited testicular cancer risk
Science Daily – June 12
Nathanson is a co-senior author on the study, along with Peter A. Kanetsky, PhD, MPH, of Moffitt Cancer Center. The paper's lead author is Zhaoming Wang, who worked at the National Cancer Institute under the direction of Stephen J. Chanock, MD.

Moffitt Cancer Center: A Team Approach to Advancing Patient Care
The Oncology Nurse – May 2017
The Oncology Nurse-APN/PA (TON) spoke with Stephanie Andrews, MS, ANP-BC, about her role at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Moffitt researchers develop novel drug that may help combat castration-resistant prostate cancer
News Medical – June 12
In a study published today in Cancer Cell, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers report that a newly discovered epigenetic mechanism can lead to the development of castration-resistant prostate cancer. They identified a novel drug that targets this epigenetic mechanism and may be able to combat the deadly form of the disease.

Targeted radionuclide treatment for neuroendocrine tumors improves quality of life
Medical Xpress – June 12
"In nearly all quality of life domains, there were more cases of improvement and fewer cases of decline in quality of life with Lutathera compared to the control arm of the trial," said Jonathan Strosberg, MD, associate professor at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Penn analysis finds genetic factors that could help identify men at increased risk for testicular cancer
News Medical – June 12
Nathanson is a co-senior author on the study, along with Peter A. Kanetsky, PhD, MPH, of Moffitt Cancer Center. The paper's lead author is Zhaoming Wang, who worked at the National Cancer Institute under the direction of Stephen J. Chanock, MD.

Best Places to Work in IT: Search the archives 1994-2017
Computerworld – June 12, 2017
2017: Rank 49; Large Category; H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

6 Breast Things That Are Completely Normal-and When You Should Worry
True Viral News – June 12
You shouldn’t panic and assume it’s cancer if you suddenly feel a new lump: Susan Hoover, M.D., F.A.C.S., a surgical oncologist in the Breast Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, tells SELF that some women form breasts cysts that are usually benign (meaning noncancerous) that can also make breasts feel lumpy. 

Medical marijuana bill passes in Florida Legislature
Sun Sentinel – June 10
The bill gives $750,000 to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to conduct medical marijuana research. It also creates the Coalition for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Education at the cancer center, which will be responsible for research into medical marijuana.

Polk State gets $2.5 million for classes in Lake Wales
News Chief – June 9
The University of Florida will receive $1.7 million for medical marijuana research, while the Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida will receive $750,000 in research funding in another bill (SB 8A) related to medical marijuana.

Lawmakers funnel money to higher ed projects
Gainesville Sun – June 9
The University of Florida will receive $1.7 million for medical marijuana research, while the Moffitt Cancer Center at the University of South Florida will receive $750,000 in research funding in another bill related to medical marijuana.

Legislators Approve Medical Marijuana Bill, Send to Scott for Approval
Sunshine State News – June 9
The Senate bill would also set aside millions of dollars to research medical marijuana at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the leading research institutes in the state. 

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