November 3, 2017

November 03, 2017

Patients' gut bugs may play role in cancer care

HealthDay News – Nov. 2
Dr. Nikhil Khushalani specializes in treating skin cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla. He cautioned that the study findings are a "first step," but also a "very intriguing" one. Also posted to US News and World Report, UPI.com and EHE and Me.

Managing cancer treatment side effects: What payers should know

Managed Healthcare Executive – Nov. 3
Managed Healthcare Executive (MHE) recently interviewed Karen Fields, MD, a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Tampa, Florida-based Moffitt Cancer Center, for her insight on choosing chemotherapy treatments and what payers should keep in mind about managing the side effects of those treatments.

Here’s Why One Boob Is Sometimes Bigger Than the Other

SELF Magazine – Nov. 2
“It is actually more common for women to have different breast shape and size than absolutely symmetrical breasts,” Nazanin Khakpour, M.D., F.A.C.S., a surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center, tells SELF. “They are sisters, not twins.”

VIDEO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookies trick or treat

WFLA – Oct. 31
Who said you can be too old to go trick or treating? You better not tell the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This year’s rookies donned their Halloween costumes, capes and all, to trick or treat at the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Bucs rookies meet patients, students at Moffitt Cancer Center

Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 31
Ten Bucs rookies, including tight end O.J. Howard, safety Justin Evans and linebacker Kendell Beckwith, spent their Halloween morning with patients and their families at Moffitt, then took part in a "Play 60" event with students from Lee and Lockhart elementary schools and Sligh Middle School.

Bucs Rookies Surprise Moffitt Patients

Buccaneers.com – Oct. 31
It was no ordinary day at Moffitt Cancer Center, and that was exactly the plan as the Buccaneers Rookie class visited with patients and their families on Tuesday morning. Rookies O.J. Howard, Chris Godwin, Kendall Beckwith, Justin Evans, Bobo Wilson, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, David Rivers, Eric Nzeocha, Patrick O‘Connor and Riley Bullough stopped by the treatment center and lifted the spirits of everybody in their path; including staff members.

311’s Nick Hexum talks medical marijuana, his mom’s cancer battle and more

Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 31
When the multiplatinum rap-rock-reggae fusionists will come to Tampa this weekend to celebrate the release of Beautiful Disaster, they'll also headline a fundraiser for the Moffitt Cancer Center at the Cuban Club. 

Area biotech firm, fighting cancer, wins big award

Business Observer – Nov. 2
Interpares Biomedicine, a biotech company founded by Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center faculty members Howard McLeod and Neil Mason — who used their own money to get it up and running — won the 2017 BioPitch Competition at BioFlorida’s annual conference last month in St. Petersburg.

Markey joins personalized medicine consortium to speed advances in patient care

The Lane Report – Nov. 2
Initially formed in 2014 by Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio, ORIEN has grown into a network of leading cancer centers that have committed to contribute to a shared databank and to collaborate on clinical research.

Sligh And Lockhart Students Get Health And Career Advice Through Moffitt’s  Healthy Kidz Program

Florida Sentinel Bulletin – Nov. 2
Alicia Burr, 13, wants to be an obstetrician and gynecologist when she’s older. So on Tuesday, Sligh Middle School kicked off her journey to becoming a doctor with a visit to the Moffitt Cancer Center to learn about health careers and healthy habits.

Moffitt Cancer Center Luncheon

Sarasota Magazine – Nov. 2
Two leading physicians from Moffitt Cancer Center talked about new developments and research at a luncheon at Michael’s On the Bay at Marie Selby Gardens.

Franklin GOP Board Member Burke to run for seat

Williamson Herald – Nov. 2
Burke has worked in the health care industry writing the strategic plans for the Singapore Ministry of Health’s premiere hospital, and writing the guiding strategic plan for the new H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, now a leading comprehensive cancer center of national note.  

Losing Julie: Cancer, death leave Chef Harold Balink at a crossroads

Fort Myers News Press – Nov. 2
Located in Tampa, Moffitt’s gynecological clinic features a multispecialty team that focuses exclusively on malignancies of the female reproductive system. Donations can be made at give.moffitt.org. 

Markey Joins Personalized Medicine Consortium to Speed Advances in Patient Care

University of Kentucky – Nov. 2
Initially formed in 2014 by Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio, ORIEN has grown into a network of leading cancer centers that have committed to contribute to a shared databank and to collaborate on clinical research.

Moffitt Cancer Center educates guests on cancer research

The East County Observer – Nov. 2
At the Moffitt Cancer Center Sarasota Luncheon Nov. 1, Chairwomen Susan Malloy Jones and Alisa W. Pettingell asked guests to stand up if they’ve ever had a friend or family member be diagnosed with cancer.

70-gene test may help guide treatment for some women with early breast cancer

M.D. Alert – Nov. 1
“The use of genomic assays in early stage ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer has become a standard practice for determining who should get adjuvant chemotherapy,” Dr. Hatem Soliman of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, told Reuters Health. 

She’s got the chops

The Laker/Lutz News – Nov. 1
Kathleen Hassler, a 68-year-old resident of New Tampa, was one of four students from Lutz-based John Prevatt Karate Studios to earn a black belt during an Oct. 6 belt testing. The achievement was 2 1/2 years in the making for Hassler, a retired nurse who still volunteers at Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Lightning to host "Hockey Fights Cancer" Night on Thursday

Tampa Bay Lightning – Nov. 1
The Tampa Bay Lightning will host Hockey Fights Cancer Night, presented by Moffitt Cancer Center, on Thursday, November 2 when the team takes on the New York Rangers at AMALIE Arena at 7:30 p.m. The league-wide initiative is entering its 19th season of recognizing those affected by cancer.

News 13 presents 'Hurricane Maria: Mainland Impact'

Orlando Sentinel – Oct. 31
Guests from the Tampa Bay area will include Jorge Rodriguez, president of PACIV; Dr. Melissa Alsina of the Moffitt Cancer Center; Ana Rivera, president of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Polk County; and Ed Franco, CEO of Turin Aviation Group. 

Gateway for Cancer Research Funds Novel, Patient-Centric Phase I and Phase II Clinical Trials with 99 Cents of Every Dollar Received

Business Wire – Oct. 31
Breast Cancer: Dr. Nagi B. Kumar, Moffitt Cancer Center, is using a plant-based substance called COGNUTRIN to fight against post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment.  

Tweaking genes to fight cancer: how does it work?

The Indian Express – Oct. 31
“The results have been remarkable,” Frederick L Locke, co-lead investigator of the trial, named ZUMA-1, was quoted as saying in a statement. The trial was carried out at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, where Locke is Vice Chair of the Department of Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy.

Updated Gene-Classifier Test Pinpoints Benign Thyroid Nodules

Medscape – Oct. 30
In commenting on the research, Bryan McIver, MD, deputy physician in chief and senior member of endocrinology at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Florida, said the study was "done the way science is supposed to be." 

Review: Roger Daltrey gets loose, busts out Who rarities at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 30
He also offered a sincere back-slap to Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, a partner in his Teen Cancer America charity: "I'm so proud of you guys in this area – you have three hospitals working together, and that's unheard of in the U.S." 

Myeloma: Proteasome Inhibitors and IMiDs May Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Complications

Cancer Therapy Advisor – Oct. 30
“It is important that oncologists, cardiologists, and cardio-oncologists are aware of the potential cardiotoxicities associated with novel multiple myeloma treatments so as to better monitor and treat these patients,” said lead author Michael G. Fradley, MD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, in an interview with Cancer Therapy Advisor.  

Updated Gene-Classifier Test Pinpoints Benign Thyroid Nodules

Medscape – Oct. 30
In commenting on the research, Bryan McIver, MD, deputy physician in chief and senior member of endocrinology at the Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Florida, said the study was "done the way science is supposed to be." 

Key North Tampa stakeholders pledge major investment in University Area

83 Degrees – Oct. 30
Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, the University of South Florida, Florida Hospital, Busch Gardens and University Mall are among key community stakeholders pledging to invest big bucks in the local neighborhoods of North Tampa. 

After breast implant, anaplastic large-cell lymphoma may be under-recognized

Medscape – Oct. 27
Dr. Frederick Locke of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida told Reuters Health, “Women with breast implants, primary care physicians, plastic surgeons, and breast surgeons should have a high index of suspicion for BIA-ALCL in women who present with hardening of the implant or a fluid collection around the implant.” Also posted to M.D. Alert. 

Meet the Moffitt startup that helps doctors find the best treatments for cancer patients

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Oct. 28
A biotech startup founded by a Moffitt Cancer Center researcher and a medical business expert on his team has begun commercial development of technology that helps oncologists find the best treatments for their cancer patients.

'Spiritual Spa Days' helps mend souls, build confidence

WTSP – Oct. 28
McLoon, who is being treated at Moffitt Cancer Center for stage 4 breast cancer, described herself as “practically homeless.”

'You Need to Strip the Layers of Paint': What We Heard This Week

MedPage Today – Oct. 27
"Health related quality of life is increasingly becoming a critical secondary endpoint in randomized clinical trials." -- Jonathan Strosberg, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida on the treatment of midgut neuroendocrine tumors.

Experts Examine Trump's 'Just Say No 2.0' Message on Drugs

MedPage Today – Oct. 27
David Craig, PharmD, Moffitt Cancer Center: I'm not aware of evidence that supports this type of "Just Say No" messaging and its relationship to downward trends in drug use. I am not opposed to increased messaging that highlights the harms of drug use, however, I'm not positive this alone will save lives. 

Cancer researchers study toxic side effects of new treatments

Austin-American Statesman – Oct. 27
That review was based on 100 patients treated at MD Anderson, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, the Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn. 

Regional Radiation Therapy Reduces Risk of Regional Recurrence in Node-Positive Cutaneous Melanoma

The ASCO Post – Oct. 27
Dr. Strom and Javier F. Torres-Roca, MD, of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, are the co–first authors of the published report. Louis B. Harrison, MD, also of Moffitt Cancer Center, is the corresponding author of the article. 

Top 11 takeaways from the 2017 Healthcare Internet Conference

Brogan & Partners – Oct. 27
Live by the Golden Gate Rule with your website. Translation from Clarisa Gerlach- Purks, Web Content Administrator of Moffitt Cancer Center: Once the entire Golden Gate Bridge is done being painted, it's time to begin again. And it's exactly the same way with your website. (Unfortunately!)

 

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