March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017

CASTOR: TRUMP BUDGET THREATENS JOBS, ECONOMY
Tampa Bay Reporter – March 17
The Trump budget proposes to slash the National Institutes of Health by close to 20 percent, which would eliminate higher-paying jobs at the Moffitt Cancer Center and University of South Florida where scientists are developing the cutting-edge treatments and cures of the future. 

Regional chemotherapy prevents amputation in advanced sarcoma
Healio.com – March 16
“Conventionally, what people think of when they think about treating patients with advanced cancer is surgery, radiation therapy or systemic chemotherapy, John E. Mullinax, MD, surgical oncologist in the sarcoma department at Moffitt Cancer Center, told HemOnc Today. Children of cancer victims ‘cast away’ worries for a day

Children of cancer victims ‘cast away’ worries for a day
The Weekly Challenger – March 16
1st Downs 4 Life hosted its first Cast Away Deep Sea Fishing event for 20 children of parents currently battling breast cancer and receiving treatment from the Moffitt Cancer Center. The event, presented by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Glazer family, got under way early Saturday morning at the Hubbard’s Marina on board the Friendly Fisherman.

Hooper: Griffey Sr. brings prostate cancer warning to Tampa forum
Tampa Bay Times – March 16
"I had so many friends who had it, but they didn't say anything until I was diagnosed." That was 12 years ago. "I said, 'Why didn't you say something earlier?'" Griffey brings his message to Moffitt Cancer Center's Men's Health Forum from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the University of South Florida's Marshall Student Center.

Terminal Cancer Patients Lives to See Another Day With Thanks to Revolutionary Gene Therapy
Trend in Tech – March 16
Dr. Fred Locke is a blood expert at Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, and he says, “The numbers are fantastic, these are heavily treated patients who have no other options.” 

Combination of radiation and immune checkpoint therapy holds potential for lung cancer
eCancer – March 16
"In previous analyses, our team found that a combination of radiation therapy and anti-PD-1 therapy was safe and effective in treating melanoma-related brain metastases," said Kamran A. Ahmed, MD, lead author of the study and a resident in radiation oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Dangers Of Opana Opioid Painkiller Outweigh Benefits, FDA Panel Says
WVIK – March 16
"Does it have risks? Clearly it does," said David Craig, a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. "But for the patients that are taking it appropriately, I think that there is a role for Opana ER in those particular patients."

Running for a Cause in the Run from the Rays 5K
Boca Magazine – March 15
Event proceeds benefit selected charities through the SafeSun Foundation. The charities chosen offer screening, treatment, education and research for melanoma and other types of skin cancer.  Among the past beneficiaries is Melanoma Research at Moffitt Cancer Center, which has partnered with Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Cancer Center.

Rule change will lead to longer shifts for rookie doctors
Tampa Bay Times – March 15
Hernandez, the surgery resident, conceded the long hours can be a challenge. He is currently training at Tampa General Hospital, but will rotate to Moffitt Cancer Center and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

Role of Immune Response in Breast Cancer Vaccines
Oncology Times – March 16
Czerniecki, Brian J. MD, PhD
Over the past several years, it has become increasingly clear that the immune response plays a significant role in determining response to therapy as well as long-term survival in patients with breast cancer.

Researchers working on vaccine to prevent breast cancer
KSAT – March 15
Brian Czerniecki, M.D., the chair of the department of Breast Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida detailed, “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.”

Positively Tampa Bay: Men’s Health Forum
ABC Action News – March 14
Moffitt Cancer Center will host free health forum March 18th and welcome prostate cancer survivor and Baseball Allstar Ken Griffey Sr. to event!

Moffitt Spring Swing
Bay News 9 – March 13
Lizette Robles discusses Moffitt’s Spring Swing events with Al Reuchel.

Dying firefighter pleas to Florida lawmakers, pass cancer bill
ABC Action News – March 14
JJ says a cancer bill could have helped them cut various out-of-pocket costs associated with his cancer treatment, including travel costs when he went to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Kers want to create medical marijuana research center at Moffitt Cancer Center
Sunburn – March 14
Via Janelle Irwin of the Tampa Bay Business Journal – Two Tampa Bay area lawmakers want to make Moffitt Cancer Center a hub for medical marijuana research, according to legislation filed this month that would allow the center in Tampa to launch research initiatives and provide educational outreach on medical cannabis. 

Strategies for Stopping TKIs in CML Growing Clearer
Clinical Oncology News – March 14

This step has already been acknowledged as an option by the 2016 guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, according to Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD, the director of immunotherapy in the Malignant Hematology Division at Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla.

Talent, innovation, smarts, tenacity drive growth of tech company in Tampa
83 Degrees – March 14
Ross-Munro started Sourcetoad in 2008 as a consultant firm, but it has grown into much more. It has created software for high-profile clients like Honeywell, a Morris Plains N.J.-based Fortune 100 software-industrial company; the Tallahassee-based Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy; Tom’s of Maine, a Kennebunk, ME-based natural personal care products manufacturer; Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and others.

Lawmakers want to create a medical marijuana research center at Moffitt
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 13
Two Tampa Bay area lawmakers want to make Moffitt Cancer Center a hub for medical marijuana research, according to legislation filed this month that would allow the center in Tampa to launch research initiatives and provide educational outreach on medical cannabis.

Moffitt sets up inflatable colon to raise cancer awareness
Fox 13 – March 12
Moffitt’s inflatable colon is hard to miss.

Metro Detroit gets grant for historic study of black cancer survivors
Detroit Free Press – March 11
Schwartz, a 60-year-old genetic epidemiologist who grew up in Oak Park, and Albrecht, a 63-year-old social and behavioral scientist who came to Wayne State and Karmanos from the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, called the study a culmination of years of hope.

MSK Cancer Alliance: Mainly About Medicine
MedPage Today – March 11
The cancer institute had a clinical trials arrangement with Florida's Moffitt Cancer Center that had been formed through personal professional relationships. 

Baseball and Free Skin Cancer Screenings
WINK News – March 10
There’s an event that is teaching safety and giving free skin cancer screenings at the Charlotte Sports Park. Nikki Ross-Inda from the Moffitt Cancer Center stopped by the WINK Studio with the details.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Burns Rubber on the Waterfront
Tampa Bay Metro – March 10
Also new this year, Moffitt Cancer Center’s ‘Mole Patrol’ will be in Albert Whitted Park 9:30 – 1:30 on Sunday March 12, and fans can partake in a Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 50/50 raffle all weekend long with proceeds benefitting Moffitt Cancer Center.

Risk & Reward: Stopping a cancer drug to see if you’re cured
Sioux City Journal – March 10
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. 

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Treatment Market to Witness an Outstanding Growth by 2016-2024 - Persistence Market Research
SB Wire – March 10
According to the research article published in Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, around 1 million breast cancers are diagnosed globally among them 1.7% of cancer cases are triple-negative cancers. 

Personalized Medicine, proton therapy, more advances in lung cancer at upcoming symposium
Science Magazine – March 9
The 2017 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium: "Tolerability and safety of thoracic radiation and immune checkpoint inhibitors among patients with lung cancer," Kamran A. Ahmed, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center

Breast Cancer Vaccine Personalized
Free Republic – March 9
“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.

Giant Inflatable Colon Gives the Bay Area an Opportunity to see Cancer From the Inside Out
Public Now – March 9
Sometimes the signs of colon cancer are subtle, chalked up to 'stomach troubles' or too embarrassing to talk about, but Moffitt Cancer Center hopes to change that with the Giant Inflatable Colon on Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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