September 1, 2017

September 01, 2017

Fort Myers families sue Johnson & Johnson for alleged Baby Powder cancer link
Fort Myers News –Press – Aug. 31
Shelley Tworoger, a cancer epidemiologist with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, said more research is needed to determine if there is a strong link between talc and ovarian cancer. But she said she generally advises women to avoid using such products. "Is there a causal link between talc use and ovarian cancer? We cannot definitively say that there is or isn't," Tworoger said. "But what we can say is there appears to be a modest relationship."

Why This Tampa Startup Plans To Give Homes To Flood Victims
Forbes – Aug. 31
Verdecia and his firm had worked on several projects, including an airport terminal, resorts, hotels, and the Moffitt Cancer Center; everything except houses.

ASTRO Recognizes 43 researchers for their top-rated abstracts at 2017 annual meeting
My Informs – Aug. 31
George Grass, MD, PhD, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida (radiation and cancer biology)

Moffitt Rocks Tampa Bay Concert featuring 311 to Support Cancer Research
Press Release Point – Aug. 31
Moffitt Cancer Center, in partnership with Rock Brothers Brewing Company in Ybor City, will host Moffitt Rocks Tampa Bay, a benefit concert featuring the band 311. Also seen on PublicNow

Millennium Health Announces Eugene I. Davis as Chairman of the Board and Jennifer Strickland as Chief Executive Officer
Buffalo News – Aug. 31
Dr. Strickland received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and subsequently completed a specialty pharmacy residency in pain management at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. 

Figure-skating community rallies to support one of its own
Tampa Bay Times – Aug. 31
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a cancer of immature white blood cells that grow rapidly within bone marrow. Eventually, they can overrun healthy bone marrow cells like weeds, said Dr. Bijal Shah, Lucy's oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where she now receives treatment.

Prostate Cancer and African Ancestry
Philadelphia Tribune – Aug. 30
Morris’s original surgery was in Tallahassee. Because of his job, he moved to Tampa, where he had external-beam radiation therapy at Moffitt Cancer Center. At Moffitt, he met radiation oncologist Kosj Yamoah, M.D., Ph.D., one of the world’s foremost experts in prostate cancer in men of African descent. 

An Uncertain Future for Durvalumab in Lung Cancer Management
Cancer Therapy Advisor – Aug. 30
“Durvalumab has been extensively studied,” said Tawee Tanvetyanon, MD, MPH, a medical oncologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. “The MYSTIC study is disappointing and durvalumab will unlikely be able to become a first-line choice, especially now that pembrolizumab has dominated in this setting.”

Use of Dexamethasone in CINV
OncLive – Aug. 30
Dawn Dolan, PharmD, BCOP: Yes, we’re still doing the traditional dexamethasone for 2 to 4 days afterward. Logistically, though, even though a lot of these are built into the EMRs and prescriptions, I think it’s still not necessarily on everybody’s radar to prescribe the delayed dexamethasone, even though it’s there and it’s available. So I think that’s still kind of where we’re missing the boat. 

Female Surgeons: Double X’s And Double Standards With Dr. Mallen
PublicNow – Aug. 30
Join us in the Women's Center (BR 154) on Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 3-4 p.m. for a talk by Dr. Adrianne Racek Mallen, OB/GYN, about navigating the male-dominated field of medicine and surgical training as a woman.  Dr. Mallen is currently a Fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of South Florida's Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Those waging war on cancer stress clinical trials for patients critical
The Florida Times-Union – Aug. 29
Physicians from Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Mayo Clinic, UF Health Shands Hospital, the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and 21st Century Oncology were among the panelists.

Upcoming Mesothelioma Symposium Filled with Hope – Aug. 29
The lineup of mesothelioma experts and topics includes: Thoracic surgeon Dr. Jacques Fontaine of the Moffitt Cancer Center: “Transarterial Chemoperfusion.”

VMware's NSX networking comes of age at VMworld
TechTarget – Aug. 29
Tom Hull, CTO with the Moffitt Cancer Center, agrees with that assessment about the strategic importance of NSX networking. Moffitt is updating its disaster recovery (DR) architecture built around proprietary server hardware and software, and has gravitated toward a software-defined networking (SDN) approach, where NSX will play a key role.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Awards $6 Million in 2017 Challenge Awards
Philanthropy News Digest – Aug. 29
Investigators receiving $1 million 2017 Movember Foundation-PCF Challenge Awards include … Nupam Mahajan (H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center) and Felix Feng (University of California, San Francisco) ("Targeting Androgen Receptor and ACK1 Signaling with Novel Epigenetic Therapeutics in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer").

Use of Olanzapine in CINV
OncLive – Aug. 28
Dawn Dolan, PharmD, BCOP: I have pretty minimal olanzapine experience. I think we’re exclusively using it in more of the breakthrough setting or refractory setting. In my particular practice, I see mostly senior adult patients, so the providers have been a little leery to jump to adding it on. But we’ve done it in a few patients with some pretty good success, so we’re sort of piloting it, if you will.

Local Hooters Has Donated $50K to Moffitt Cancer Center in Support of Breast Cancer Research
Tampa Bay Newswire – Aug. 28
Thursday, August 10, 2017, Hooters Management Corp. (HMC) presented a $50,000 donation to Moffitt Cancer Center, to educate providers, advocates and patients about immunotherapy in breast cancer to enhance clinical trial participation.

Radioactive Somatostatin Analog Under Review by FDA (Again) to Treat Neuroendocrine Tumors
Rare Disease Report – Aug 28
At the 2015 North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS) Annual Symposium in Austin, Texas, we talked with Jonathan R. Strosberg, MD, medical oncologist, Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Moffitt Cancer Center about the phase 3 NETTER-1 trial for midgut NETs that is part of the NLA submission.

Opioid–Benzo Combination Still Plaguing the Elderly
Pain Medicine News – Aug. 28
David Craig, PharmD, the pharmacist lead in supportive care medicine and acute pain at Moffitt Cancer Center, in Tampa, Fla., believes efforts to reduce the need for opioids and benzodiazepines should focus on the link among chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Implants and Lymphoma
WWTV – Aug. 28
Moffitt Cancer Center oncologist Frederick Locke says recent FDA warnings show there have been 359 breast implant-associated lymphoma cases reported. Also seen on KFDX and WWTV.

Oregon Ducks football coach Willie Taggart deals with the death of his father
The Register-Guard – Aug. 27
John perked up a bit when the doctor said they could treat his cancer with a pill instead of chemotherapy. They took him home to rest while Willie made arrangements with Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.

Biotech firm welcomes new leadership
Pharmacy Choice - Aug. 26
M2Gen, a Tampa-based health informatics company specializing in the advancement of personalized medicine, has named Dr. William Dalton executive chairman and Timothy Wright president and CEO.

Pediatric Melanoma
Bay News 9 – Aug. 25
Dr. Randy Shuck interviews Dr. Vernon Sondak of the Moffitt Cancer Center about pediatric melanoma.

10 Top Cancer Experts Reveal What They Do to Avoid the Deadly Disease
Men’s Health - Aug. 24
A diet rich in vegetables, fiber, and omega-3 fats can curb inflammation and help fight cancer. Philippe Spiess, M.D., a genitourinary oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center, eats what he calls a "power egg breakfast wrap." He heats 1/4 cup of frozen spinach in a pan and mixes it with an egg and 200 milliliters (nearly a cup) of egg white. The cooked mixture then goes into a whole wheat wrap with a pinch of cheese, a third of an avocado, and a tablespoon of hot sauce. Also seen on Medscape.

The Pharmacogenomic View of Precision Medicine: A Q&A With Howard McLeod, PharmD
American Journal of Managed Care – Aug. 24
McLeod: Moffitt is currently the third-largest cancer center in the nation in terms of patient volume. We have implemented precision medicine in a couple of different ways. One has been using next-generation sequencing of the patient’s cancer. 

Laughter is the best medicine in cancer battle
WTVT - Aug. 18
A bucket list trip. That's how a Bay Area woman celebrated a new round of grueling chemotherapy to fight cancer. But why travel when she was not feeling well and fighting a disease that could kill her? Patty Virgilio says Route 66 was the best kind of medicine.


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