October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

Editorial: Tampa Bay helps Puerto Rico while Trump tweets insults
Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 13
The Boeing aircraft that flew Wednesday from Tampa carried 11 generators and thousands of pounds of water, rations and other supplies, including four vapor containers to ferry vials of cancerous tissue samples from a lab in Puerto Rico to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa for safekeeping

Christina Applegate Had Her Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes Removed to Reduce Her Cancer Risk
SELF Magazine – Oct. 12
Christine Bruha, a certified genetic counselor at Moffitt Cancer Center agrees. "Most patients who are found to have a BRCA mutation are interested in meeting with a gynecologist or gynecologic oncologist to discuss risk-reducing removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes," she tells SELF.

Moffitt Cáncer Center y los Tampa Rays traen pacientes enfermos de Puerto Rico, brindándoles esperanza de vida
Telemundo – Oct. 12
Debido a la falta de energía  y suministros médicos Moffitt Cáncer Center y los Tampa Rays transportaron a pacientes de la isla que están bajo tratamiento oncológico, devolviéndoles una esperanza

Tampa Bay Area Groups Bringing Aid To Puerto Ricans
WUSF News – Oct. 12
The Tampa Bay Rays chartered a Boeing 737 loaded with supplies Wednesday and worked with Moffitt Cancer Center and other organizations to deliver relief to Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Philogen Announces Authorization from FDA of a Pivotal Registration Trial in USA for the Treatment of Resectable Melanoma
Pipeline Review – Oct. 12
The FDA-approved study will be led by principal investigator Jonathan S. Zager, MD, FACS, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, as the lead U.S. site. Dr. Zager is a world-reknown expert in melanoma and an international thought leader in intralesional treatment of resectable melanoma patients. 

Cancer researchers learn more about toxic side effects of new treatments
Washington Post – Oct. 12
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. 

Rays visit Puerto Rico, provide hurricane aid
MLB.com — Oct. 12
The mission, which also included St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman and state representative Janet Cruz, was a joint effort between the Rays, the University of South Florida and the Moffitt Cancer Center to bring aid to people of Puerto Rico who have been dealing with the devastation caused last month by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Tampa Bay Area Groups Bringing Aid To Puerto Ricans
WUSF News — Oct. 12
The Tampa Bay Rays chartered a Boeing 737 loaded with supplies Wednesday and worked with Moffitt Cancer Center and other organizations to deliver relief to Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Tampa Bay Rays sending aid to Puerto Rico
Bay News 9 — Oct. 12
In Florida, many groups, along with local and state leaders are working together to help the island. The Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer are also providing aid to those in Puerto Rico impacted by the hurricane.

Tampa Bay Rays sending aid to Puerto Rico
News 13 Orlando — Oct. 12
In Florida, many groups, along with local and state leaders are working together to help the island. The Tampa Bay Rays and Moffitt Cancer are also providing aid to those in Puerto Rico impacted by the hurricane.

Cancer researchers learn more about toxic side effects of new treatments
Reading Eagle – Oct. 12
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. The researchers developed a simple way to spot neurotoxicity: Ask patients to name the year and month, three nearby objects and the name of the president - and to count backward from 100 by tens.

Tampa Bay Rays news and links: Relief trip to Puerto Rico
DRaysBay.com – Oct. 12
In an effort to do what they can for still-battered Puerto Rico, the Rays, along with Moffitt Cancer Center, Ponce Health Sciences University, the University of South Florida, the honorable Janet Cruz, State Representative, District 62, and Course of Action Puerto Rico, chartered a plane to the island.

Proteomics aids drug re-purposing
Technology Networks – Oct. 12
A team of researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center used cellular drug screening, functional proteomics and computer-based modeling to determine whether drugs with well-known targets may be repurposed for use against other biological targets. Also posted to Lab Manager Magazine.

Projects Combining Cancer Treatments From 9 Different Pharmaceutical Companies To Explore Innovative Approaches And Find New Indications For Blockbuster Drugs From Major Companies To Improve Patient Outcomes
Laboratory Network – Oct. 12
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte adoptive T cell therapy for NSCLC.  Scott J. Antonia, MD, PhD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center; $2.67 million.  Combinations: Bristol-Myers Squibb: nivolumab; Iovance Biotherapeutics: financial support for tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs); Prometheus Laboratories, Inc.: IL-2. Also posted to First Word Pharma., WZVN, WTOL, Buffalo News Online, WLOX, KWTV,

Tampa Bay Rays charter plane to deliver aid to Puerto Rico hurricane victims
WFLA — Oct. 11
Moffitt Cancer Center, Ponce Health Sciences University, the University of South Florida, State Representative Janet Cruz and Course of Action Puerto Rico chartered the plane for the one-day trip.

Tampa Bay Rays send charter plane to Puerto Rico to pick up cancer patients, caregivers and nuns
WFTS – Oct. 11
Working with the Moffit Cancer Center, Ponce Health Sciences University, the University of South Florida, State Representative Janet Cruz and Course of Action Puerto Rico the plan operated by Swift Air picked up cancer patients and nuns from a local church.

Tampa Bay Rays bring relief to Puerto Rico, salvage cancer study
TBO.com – Oct. 11
He and two dozen other researchers have spent years studying these samples from cancer patients, building a one-of-a-kind bank to analyze health disparities in Hispanic patients, in partnership with scientists at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Rays charter plane for Puerto Rico relief effort
WTVT – Oct. 11
Moffitt Cancer Center, USF, State Representative Janet Cruz, Course of Action Puerto Rico, and Ponce Health Sciences University partnered with the Rays to make the trip happen.

Tampa charter plane heading to Puerto Rico to deliver relief efforts
WTVT — Oct. 11
The Tampa Bay Rays, Moffitt Cancer Center, Ponce Health Sciences University, the University of South Florida, State Representative Janet Cruz, and Course of Action Puerto Rico all banded together to charter a plane to Ponce, Puerto Rico to help its Hurricane Maria victims.

Rays Coach Charlie Montoyo Talks Helping Victims in Puerto Rico
WDAE — Oct. 11
Before he heads down with supplies for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, Charlie joins JP for a quick chat.

Janet Cruz heads to Puerto Rico on aid trip
Florida Politics – Oct. 11
Cruz is working with “Major League Baseball, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Moffitt Cancer Center,” according to Anders Croy, communications director for the House Democratic Office.

Rays charter plane to provide hurricane relief in Puerto Rico
DRaysBay.com – Oct. 11
This morning the Tampa Bay Rays, in collaboration with Moffitt Cancer Center, Ponce Health Sciences University, the University of South Florida, the honorable Janet Cruz, State Representative, District 62, and Course of Action Puerto Rico, chartered a plane to Ponce, Puerto Rico to help in the relief effort following Hurricane Maria.

Venture capital tracking reports paint different pictures of Tampa Bay's investment scene
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Oct. 11
Most of that was from a single deal, a $75 million investment in Moffitt Cancer Center subsidiary M2Gen by media giant Hearst.

Researchers discover new targets for approved cancer drug ceritinib
European Pharmaceutical Review – Oct. 11
In order to identify drugs that act on multiple targets, the researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center screened 240 drugs that are either FDA approved or in clinical development. They noticed that the drug ceritinib acts differently than other drugs in its class.

Philogen Announces Authorization from FDA of a Pivotal Registration Trial in USA for the Treatment of Resectable Melanoma
KCBD-TV – Oct. 11
The FDA-approved study will be led by principal investigator Jonathan S. Zager, MD, FACS, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, as the lead U.S. site. Dr. Zager is a world-reknown expert in melanoma and an international thought leader in intralesional treatment of resectable melanoma patients.

This Tampa deal tops all Florida venture capital investments in the third quarter 
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Oct. 10
A $75 million investment in Moffitt Cancer Center subsidiary M2Gen by media company Hearst was the largest venture capital investment in Florida in the third quarter of 2017.

Trigaux: Hearst $75 million stake in M2Gen tops Florida start-up funding deals in quarter
Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 10
Hearst committed $75 million to the innovative cancer-fighting start-up that's majority-owned by Moffitt Cancer Center. By local standards, that is a serious piece of money.

Six-year Efficacy Data for GARDASIL® 9 Presented at EUROGIN 2017 Congress Digital Journal – Oct. 10
Prof. Anna Giuliano of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. presented a review of Merck’s 20-year history of HPV vaccine research during an oral session at EUROGIN. Merck’s proof-of-principle studies with monovalent HPV vaccines in 1997 were followed in 2000 with the start of clinical studies for the quadrivalent HPV vaccine, GARDASIL [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant]. First regulatory approvals of GARDASIL were received in 2006. Studies have continued to evaluate duration of protection as well as safety.

Researchers Compose Guidelines for Handling CAR T-Cell Side Effects
Oncology Times – Oct. 10
The review covers wide-ranging research on CAR T-cell therapies by many institutions and includes insights based on more than 100 patients treated at MD Anderson; Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.; Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami; and Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn.

Louisiana State U, Moffitt Cancer Center partner to address racial disparities in precision medicine
Becker’s Hospital Review – Oct. 10
The National Cancer Institute, an agency of the National Institutes of Health, awarded Louisiana State University Health New Orleans and Tampa, Fla.-based Moffitt Cancer Center a joint $2 million grant to reduce racial disparities in cancer precision medicine.

Moffitt scientists discover new applications for Novartis's Zykadia
Pharmafile.com – Oct. 10
Through the use of molecular screening, functional proteomics and computer-based modelling, researchers from the Moffitt Cancer Center have been working to determine new biological targets for treatments already approved in other indications or that otherwise have well-known uses. The team have now announced that they have identified the already FDA-approved ceritinib to provide anti-cancer benefits in previously unidentified targets.   

FDA approved drug found to have anti-cancer activity against previously unknown targets
News Medical – Oct. 10
A team of researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center used cellular drug screening, functional proteomics and computer-based modeling to determine whether drugs with well-known targets may be repurposed for use against other biological targets. Also seen on Phys.org.

AutoNation Designates October 11 as Drive Pink Across America Day
PR Newswire – Oct. 10
Since launching Drive Pink in 2015, AutoNation's Associates have participated in local fundraising events to support cancer related charities like Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and Wipe out Kids Cancer in Dallas.  Also posted to the Pittsburg Post-Gazette.

Merck (MRK) Announces Six-year Efficacy Data for GARDASIL 9 Presented at EUROGIN 2017 Congress
Street Insider – Oct. 10
Prof. Anna Giuliano of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. presented a review of Merck’s 20-year history of HPV vaccine research during an oral session at EUROGIN. Merck’s proof-of-principle studies with monovalent HPV vaccines in 1997 were followed in 2000 with the start of clinical studies for the quadrivalent HPV vaccine, GARDASIL [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant]. 

Soundcheck
Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 10
Rock Brothers has already utilized its craft beer connections to book bigger shows, including events at the Ritz Ybor and a Nov. 4 concert by 311 at the Cuban Club, a show that'll double as a fundraiser for the Moffitt Cancer Center.

LSU Health, Moffitt aim to cut disparities in cancer precision medicine
Healthcare IT News – Oct. 9
LSU Health New Orleans and Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tampa will work together to give cancer precision a boost. The National Cancer Institute is funding the work with a $2 million grant over four years. The study will focus primarily on underserved minorities and also on training students and junior scientists in cancer health disparities-based precision medicine research.

Moffitt Cancer Center Hosts Free Lunch Program Focused on Prostate Cancer Education
BioPortfolio – Oct. 9
Moffitt Cancer Center will offer the second in a series of free cancer education lunch programs called "De Moffitt a Puerto Rico: Charlas sobre cancer" at 11:30 a.m. June 22.  This program, presented in Spanish, will focus on the latest advances in prostate cancer early detection and treatment.

USF sending doctors to Puerto Rico and hosting island's medical students
Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 9
USF will help Puerto Rico prepare its own future doctors by opening up the campus to medical students from Ponce Health Sciences University, which suffered significant structural damage and has previously partnered with USF's Moffitt Cancer Center.

Moffitt Cancer Center HPV Expert to Kick Off EUROGIN Conference
Press Release Point – Oct. 9
Anna Giuliano, Ph.D., director of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Center for Infection Research in Cancer, will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2017 European Research Organization on Genital Infection and Neoplasia (EUROGIN) International Multidisciplinary Congress. The focus of this year’s conference is human papillomavirus (HPV) and its associated cancers.

Cancer and the LGBTQ Population: Quantitative and Qualitative Results from an Oncology Providers’ Survey on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Behaviors
Journal of clinical Medicine - Oct. 7
Christina Tamargo, Gwendolyn Quinn, Julian Sanchez and Matthew Schabath

Two-drug cancer treatment shows promise
WTVT – Oct. 6
Back in 2015, Moffitt oncologist Dr. Ben Creelan was hopeful the once-a-week infusion would drastically change Neil’s odds of survival. He was the last patient at Moffitt Cancer Center to enter the clinical trial studying the drug's effects.

Reaching for help: Bonita Springs man battling cancer is homeless after Hurricane Irma
Naples Daily News – Oct. 6
The most important step is Kingston’s health. He’s reaching out to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Bay, but his local doctor is saying an expanded waiting list could place his treatment months away.

Panera's pink ribbon bagels to support Moffitt Cancer Center
WTSP – Oct. 6
The proceeds from customers purchasing pink ribbon bagels will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center's M-M-Power Program. The program helps women get access to mammography screenings, and provides breast cancer education.

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