March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

Breast Cancer Vaccine personalized
Ivanhoe News – March 23
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.” -Also appeared on WKBT, WJMN and WFRV.

Trigaux: A peek at the plentiful paychecks of 25 Tampa Bay executives
Tampa Bay Times – March 23
Alan List, CEO Moffitt Cancer Center $1.4 million Cancer doctor/CEO will lead Tampa Hillsborough EDC next year.

Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers
Tampa Bay Times – March 23
Moffitt Cancer Center announces the appointment of Grammy Award winner Paul Anthony to its national board of advisers. Anthony is a member of the 1990s R&B music group Full Force. He has received multiple gold, platinum and diamond record plaques and Broadcast Music Inc. awards.

Here are the businesses changing the face of Tampa’s Innovation District
Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 23
Moffitt Cancer Center outpatient facility opened in 2016.

Breast Cancer Vaccine Trial underway
WFRV – March 23
Brian Czerniecki, MD, chair of the department of breast oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center: "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."

FDA links breast implants with rare form of cancer
Yahoo – March 22
Brian Czerniecki, MD, chair of the Moffitt Cancer Center department of breast oncology, tells Yahoo Beauty that breast implants may cause cancer because they can create bodily inflammation. “Your body wants to create a wall around the implants,” he explains. “You get some inflammation — your immune system is attracted to that — and you can get lymphoma from your immune system being overstimulated.”

Chemotherapy Approach Avoids Amputation in Sarcoma Patients
OncLive – March 22
In an interview with OncLive, lead study author John E. Mullinax, MD, surgical oncologist, Sarcoma Department, Moffitt Cancer Center, discussed ILI as a limb salvage strategy for locally advanced extremity sarcoma.

Combined Immunotherapy, Thoracic RT Carries Moderate Toxicity in Lung Cancer
Cancer Network – March 22
The use of immune checkpoint inhibitors has become increasingly common in the management of advanced lung cancer,” said Kamran Ahmed, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, during a press briefing at the 2017 Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium, held March 16–18 in San Francisco. 

Medical Cannabis Research Promises Future Answers for Floridians
Sunshine State News – March 22
Their bill would put the research under the auspices of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and would create a board of seven highly qualified individuals who would oversee the much-needed research into medicinal cannabis.

New treatment offers new options for cancer patients
WNDU – March 21
"It’s pretty amazing to see patients go into remission that we really had low hope of standard therapies working," said Dr. Frederick Locke, an oncologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Veliparib Showed Only a Trend for Improved Response in BROCADE
Clinical Oncology News – March 21
Although improvements in PFS and OS were not statistically significant, and the trial did not meet its primary end point of improved PFS, response rates favored veliparib (ABT-888, AbbVie) and were encouraging, said lead investigator Heather S. Han, MD, a medical oncologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla.

Colon cancer on the rise in younger generation
KTVI – March 20
All cancer cases this year will be in people under the age of 50. Joining us live is Laura Webb and medical oncologist of the department of gastrointestinal oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Moffitt Men’s Health Forum
Bay News 9 – March 18
We just want to let the community know that the resources are there among other sponsors will have opportunities for them to come and get screens. Just get to talking about it. Get that checked out and do it early and that is what you feel saved your life.

Radiation prior to immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy may lower toxicity
Healio – March 20
“Treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors and thoracic radiation therapy carried a modest risk for side effects,” Kamran A. Ahmed, MD, a resident in radiation oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, said during a press conference. 

Thoracic 2017: Combination of Radiation and Immune Checkpoint Therapy Holds Potential for Lung Cancer
The ASCO Post – March 20
“In previous analyses, our team found that a combination of radiation therapy and anti–PD-1 [programmed cell death protein 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. 

Colonoscopies/screenings key to surviving cancer
WSB-AM – March 20
Cancer is the second leading cause of death in America and for African Americans the disease is even more deadly. But Doctor David H Obama at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida says it doesn't have to be a death sentence.

Kathy Castor fears how NIH budget cuts will affect USF, Moffitt Cancer Center
Florida Politics – March 20
“For this community, I would hate to see us take a step backward at Moffitt Cancer Center and USF on medical research, because they’re finding the treatments and cures for the future,” she said.

Combination approach holds potential for treating lung cancer patients
Medical News – March 17
"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.

Vaccine that could prevent breast cancer is in the works
WNDU – March 17
“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," says Brian Czerniecki, M.D., Chair of the Department of Breast Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.

Cancer Survivors With Chronic Pain Face Uncertainty
Pain Medicine News – March 17
David Craig, PharmD, director of the pain and palliative care specialty residency at Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla., said he worries the new guidelines will raise barriers, however unintentionally, for cancer patients and survivors to access opioid medications.

Preventing Prostate Cancer
Fox 13 – March 17
The Marshall Center at USF will host the Men’s Health Forum.

Combining Radiotherapy and Immunotherapy: Adverse Events in Lung Cancer
Cancer Therapy Advisor – March 2017
“Our results suggest that a treatment regimen combining thoracic radiation therapy and immune checkpoint inhibitors may carry a modest risk of severe side effects,” said lead author Kamran A. Ahmed, MD, a resident in radiation oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Episode 305
WEDU – March 16
Mathematical models are being used to fight drug-resistant cancers. Investigate how electric eels use their power to stun and kill prey.

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