March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017

Cancer Treatment for LGBTQ Patients
Cancer Network – March 9
As part of our coverage of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium, held March 3–4 in Orlando, Florida, we are speaking with Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, who studies health outcomes of cancer patients to improve patient care and quality of life at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. At the meeting, Dr. Quinn spoke about approaching cancer treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals.

Blood Cancer Treatment 2017: New Gene Therapy Drug Cured A Third Of Dying Lymphoma Patients
Medical Daily – March 9
“The numbers are fantastic,” Dr. Fred Locke, a blood cancer expert at Moffitt Cancer Centre in Tampa, Florida, who co-led the study and was a paid adviser to Kite Pharma, told The Independent. “These are heavily treated patients who have no other options.”

To the Rescue: The Nurse's Key Role in CAR T Therapy Clinical Trials
Oncology Nursing News – March 9
In that role, Beaupierre, transplant nurse coordinator at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, along with a multidisciplinary committee that included other nurse specialists, collaborated to determine what information and support these trial participants needed and how best to provide it.

State funding of Visit Florida to end?
International Medical Travel Journal - March 9
Moffitt Cancer Centre says that patients booked 34,801 discounted room nights at seven hotels around the area in the 2015/2016 fiscal year, up from 25,835 room nights the year before.

Breast cancer vaccine is a game changer, doctor says
KABC – March 8
"I think it's a potential game changer, because we've actually shown that people lose this specific immune response early in the process of breast cancer development," said Dr. Brian Czerniecki, the chair of the Department of Breast Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer.

Breast cancer vaccine personalized
NBCDFW – March 8
Czerniecki has been working on this vaccine for more than a decade.
“It’s meant to restore an immune response,” explained Czerniecki.

Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD, on Underserved Cancer Patients and Survivors: Are We Listening to Them?
Asco Post – March 8
Gwendolyn P. Quinn, PhD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the challenges that minority, LGBTQ, low-literacy, and underserved populations face in getting their voices heard and what it will take to change that.

Lawmaker proposes designating Moffitt Cancer Center for medical marijuana research
WFTS – March 7
But she still worries about the lack of regulation on what goes into medical cannabis to ensure it is safe and would like to see more studies about what conditions it can be used to treat.
That's why a Florida lawmaker's proposing that Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center become a statewide research facility aimed at finding those answers and educating the public.

Moffitt Could Be A Marijuana Research Hub
WUSF News – March 7
Sen. Bill Galvano, a Bradenton Republican slated to become Senate president after the 2018 elections, is sponsoring the proposal, which would create the "Coalition for Medicinal Cannabis Research and Education" at Tampa's Moffitt Center. The program would conduct "rigorous scientific research" and educate the public, as well as the medical community, about marijuana treatment.

Risk and reward: Stopping a cancer drug to see if you're cured
Indiana Gazette – March 7
Half a dozen smaller studies have been done, and “the data are all the same and it all looks good,” said Dr. Kendra Sweet of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. She helped draft new National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines that say it’s reasonable to consider stopping treatment in people who have been in deep remission for at least two years, with close monitoring.

Tampa Bay: Growing medical tourism as an economic niche for hotels
Florida Sun Magazine – March 6
The good reputation of facilities such as the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, which has been named the sixth best cancer center in the country in the "US News and World Report", has long spread beyond the borders of the Sunshine State. As the Tampa Bay Times report, more and more patients from home and abroad are coming to the region not only to undergo cancer treatment, but also to undergo dental procedures, to make beauty treatments or to consult a specialist.

Celebs tee it up to jump start Valspar Championship Week
Spectrum Sports – March 6
“I left him in the dust pretty quickly,” Tiki Barker said, referring to his strong finish in the HSN Cares Par4Miler in support of Moffitt Cancer Center.  “Probably by 15 or so strokes.

Colon Cancer Awareness Month
ABC Action News – March 6
Moffitt is hosting free colon cancer awareness event March 11 from am-12:30pm. It features educational sessions in English and Spanish. The Giant Inflatable Colon will be at Moffitt Cancer Center March 11 as part of the colon cancer awareness event. 

Risk & reward: Stopping a cancer drug to see if you’re cured
ABC News – March 6
Half a dozen smaller studies have been done, and "the data are all the same and it all looks good," said Dr. Kendra Sweet of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Cancer Cure News 2017: New Gene Therapy Treatment May Extend Life of Terminal Patients
The Christian Post – March 6
"The numbers are fantastic," said Dr. Fred Locke, a blood cancer expert at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa who co-led the study, according to Telegraph. “These are heavily treated patients who have no other options," he added.

Moffitt Cancer Center names gynecologic oncology program chair
Healio – March 5
Robert Wenham, MD, MS, FACOG, FACS, has been named gynecologic oncology program chair at Moffitt Cancer Center.

SWFL runs for good cause at Hooters Half Marathon
WINK News – March 5
Event proceeds benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund, the Moffitt Cancer Center as well as GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers.

Breast Cancer Vaccine Personalized
NBCDFW – March 3
“I think it’s a potential game changer because we’ve actually shown that people lose this specific immune response early in the process of breast cancer development,” said Dr. Brian Czerniecki, chair of the department of Breast Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida detailed.

Colorectal cancers are increasing in millennials -- 7 symptoms to know
AOL Lifestyle – March 3
There are other environmental and lifestyle factors associated with an increased risk for colorectal cancers, Mark Friedman, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, tells SELF. "These are things like lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, and diabetes—all of which are prevalent in millennials," he says.

Strosberg Discusses QoL Analysis and Next Steps With Lutathera in Midgut NETS
OncLive – March 3
“It was a positive study that met its primary endpoint of improvement in progression-free survival (PFS) in a statistically significant and clinically meaningful fashion,” explained NETTER-1 lead study author Jonathan Strosberg, MD, in an interview with OncLive.

Using Emotion to Guide Palliative Treatment
Journey of Clinical Pathways – March 3
Researchers from Indiana University Northwest (Gary, IN), University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine (Tampa, FL), and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, FL) have attempted to better integrate palliative care into long-term treatment discussions with cancer patients using a unique approach: the development of a decision-modeling analytics apparatus based on regret, in which patients choose to continue curative therapy or transition to hospice care based on their perception of regret over making a certain choice

New gene therapy turns blood cells into cancer killers
CTV – March 3
Fred Locke from the Moffitt Cancer Centre explains how this groundbreaking gene therapy can help patients with lymphoma.

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