September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017

A look at the latest on breast cancer detection, treatment and research
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 28
The Times spoke with Dr. Brian Czerniecki, chairman of the department of breast oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center, for an update on breast cancer detection, treatment and research. Here are some highlights from that conversation.

Appointments at Tampa General Hospital and AmeriLife highlight this week's Tampa Bay business Movers & Shakers
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 28
John B. Ramil was elected to serve a three-year term on the GuideWell Mutual Holding Corp.'s board of directors. Ramil is the retired president, CEO and director of TECO Energy Inc. Ramil also serves on the boards of Emera Inc. and the Moffitt Cancer Center, among other activities. 

What is metastatic breast cancer?
Health Central – Sept. 28
Judi Ebbert earned her PhD at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. She has worked at three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers and is a writer/editor at Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Moffitt Healthy KIDZ Goes PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Press Release Point – Sept. 28
Moffitt Cancer Center will host Carrollwood Day School’s fifth-grade class for a day filled with education, interaction and giving back. 

Genesis Biopharma Announces Letter to Shareholders Posted to Website
BioPortfolio – Sept. 28
Contego is based on the standard therapy currently being administered to Stage IV metastatic melanoma patients at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), MD Anderson Cancer Center and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.  Previous studies conducted at the NCI and other major cancer centers have shown significantly higher Complete Response and Overall Response Rates using adoptive cell transfer-based immunotherapies (ACT) to treat metastatic melanoma in late stage patients. 

Dying patients shouldn’t suffer
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 27
I sympathize, of course, with the families who have lost a loved one to opioid overdose, and I favor more funds for management and education on drug addiction, but I cannot agree with making the chronically ill and the dying a scapegoat of their loss. - Dr. Lodovico Balducci, Tampa

Bottom line swells at Moffitt, M2Gen
Tampa Bay Business Journal – Sept. 27
M2Gen, a Moffitt Cancer Center subsidiary that uses big data to find ways to treat cancer, reported $3.7 million in income from operations in the year ended June 30, 2017 and a total surplus at the end of the year of $9.9 million, according to an audited financial report made public Tuesday.

Reducing disparities in cancer precision medicine
EurekAlert – Sept. 27
The National Cancer Institute has awarded LSU Health New Orleans and Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tampa a $2 million grant over four years to study cancer precision medicine with an emphasis on underserved minorities and to train students and junior scientists in cancer health disparities-based precision medicine research. The funding will be shared equally between the two institutions.

Medicare Basics program on Thursday
Pharmacy Choice – Sept. 27
Dr. Richard J. Cardosi completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He furthered his specialty training by completing a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Moffitt Cancer Center Named One of Working Mother Magazine’s 100 Best Companies for Ninth Time
Press Release Point – Sept. 26
Moffitt is being honored as a Working Mother 100 Best Company for its strong leadership in creating progressive programs for its workforce in the areas of advancement of women, flexibility, childcare and paid parental leave.

Lorna Taylor to receive Tampa Bay Ethics Award from University of Tampa Center for Ethics
Tampa Bay Newswire – Sept. 26
She also sits on the University of Tampa Board of Trustees as well as the Board of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Moffitt Medical Group. In total, Taylor has directed over $3 million in support to critical Tampa Bay and Florida nonprofits.

Bradenton’s ‘Sixty-Sixahs’ hit the road again
Bradenton Herald – Sept. 26
At Wednesday’s party, the Sixty-Sixahs wore shirts with a picture of a Mississippi riverboat. Many other people wore shirts that read “Team Patty” on the front and “Let’s strike out cancer” on the back. Those came from a Tampa Bay Rays game earlier this month, during which Virgilio was honored by Moffitt Cancer Center.

ViewRay launches clinical trial following compelling early pancreatic cancer data with MRIdian
Medical Physics Web – Sept. 26
ViewRay's C2T2, the consortium initiating the trial, comprises clinicians from leading institutions around the world including: Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Boston; Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Detroit; … Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida …

Medical robots changing the face of healthcare
Med-Tech Innovation – Sept. 26
There are three main types of surgical robot: autonomous, dependent and shared-control. Writing in Cancer Control, journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, the authors Doulgeris, Gonzales-Blohm and Filis et al, explain that "autonomous systems reproduce programmed motions ... dependent systems [are where] the surgeon maintains full control of the system at all times ... [and] shared-control systems are a hybrid.

Turning Tampa Bay PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Tampa Bay Newswire – Sept. 25
Some of the 2017 participants include: St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, USF CAMLS, Cousins Properties, Cushman & Wakefield, Moffitt Cancer Center, Ed Taylor Construction, The Hilton Downtown Tampa, Commercial Florida Management Services, ALOFT Hotel, Freedom Bank, Frontier Communications, Holy Hog BBQ, The Dohring Group, Highwoods Properties, McNatt’s Cleaners and Greiners Fine Men’s Clothing.  The complete list of participants can be found on the CREW Tampa Bay website,

People in Business
Cedar Valley Business monthly – Sept. 24
MARIETTA WALSH joined Covenant Clinic’s Iowa Spine and Brain Institute in Waterloo. … She completed her neurological surgery residency at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., and recently completed a neuro-oncology and complex spine fellowship at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

The signs of ovarian cancer every woman should know about
Pulse – Sept. 24
Obviously, these are all things that can happen with a slew of illnesses or just life in general, but persistence and frequency is important, says Mian M. K. Shahzad, M.D., Ph.D., a gynecologic oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Managing Acute Toxicity in CAR T-Cell Therapy
MedPage Today – Sept. 23
CARTOX created the algorithms over a six-month period based on review of the literature and best practice evidence from case studies of more than 100 patients treated at MD Anderson, the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., the Sylvester Cancer Center at the University of Miami, and the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Rochester, Minn.

Lakeland Mayor Honors Watson Clinic Gynecologic Oncologist With Coveted Citymaker Award
Tampa Bay Newswire - Sept. 23
Richard J. Cardosi, MDfurthered his specialty training by completing a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Editorial: Hearst investment in M2Gen a plus for Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 22
The pioneering research being undertaken by Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center received a huge financial and psychological boost with the $75 million investment this week by the Hearst media family.

Trigaux: Tampa Bay household income tops $50,000 but still makes us look poor
Tampa Bay Times – Sept. 22
This past week in Tampa, Moffitt Cancer Center's innovative M2Gen start-up nabbed a $75 million equity stake from Hearst. 

Affordable and Appealing
Florida Trend – Sept. 22
In September 2016, Moffitt Cancer Center received the National Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Cancer Center designation. One of only 48 such institutions in the U.S. and the only facility in Florida to be so designated, Moffitt has launched an $800-million, 10-year expansion program. Construction of a clinical support building is underway with completion slated for mid-2018. Also planned: a new hospital wing, two research buildings and additional outpatient facilities.

Boundless Quality of Life
Florida Trend – Sept. 22
Close to 300 medical and surgical hospitals, including Moffitt Cancer Center, a designated National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Moffitt Cancer Center CTO Plots Network Overhaul Using NSX
SDX Central - Sept. 22
Speaking to SDxCentral on the sidelines of VMWorld 2017 in Las Vegas last month, Tom Hull, CTO of Moffitt Cancer Center, said that Moffitt is currently in the “design phase” of its network overhaul that includes using VMware’s NSXnetwork virtualization technology to migrate to a virtual environment.

Hearst Makes Equity Investment in Moffitt Cancer Center Subsidiary M2Gen
HIT Consultant – Sept. 22
Hearst, a market leader in healthcare technology has announced an equity investment in M2Gen, a health informatics subsidiary of Moffitt Cancer Center, one of the top comprehensive cancer centers in the United States.


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