January 5, 2018

January 05, 2018

Thumbs Up for Latest CAR T-Cell Approval

MedPage Today — Dec. 30
More than 10,000 patients die of DLBCL each year, and axi-cel could have an almost immediate impact on that mortality, said Frederick Locke, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Also published by Pharmacy Choice

'One strong woman': Joplin resident among first to try new cancer treatment

The Joplin (Missouri) Globe — Dec. 23
Yescarta, also known as axicabtagene ciloleucel, was approved for patients who have already been treated with at least two cancer drugs that either didn’t work for them or eventually stopped working. At that point, patients are generally out of options and only have about a 10 percent chance of even temporary remission of their cancer, said Frederick Locke, director of research for the Immune Cell Therapy Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Also published by The Daily Independent, The Register-Herald (Beckley, WV), New Castle News (Pennsylvania), Pharmacy Choice

Medical student displaced by Hurricane Maria returns to Puerto Rico

Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) — Dec. 31
The Florida native temporarily lived in Moline with his fiancée, Phylicia Manley, who orchestrated his travels back to the U.S. mainland in late September. Echsner then spent nearly two months at Moffitt Cancer Center on the University of South Florida campus in Tampa.

Want to Look Great and Live Longer? Eat Plants, Says an Oncologist

Sarasota Magazine — Dec. 27
MOFFITT CANCER CENTER’S Dr. Amber Orman couldn’t be a better ambassador for the way of eating she espouses. Glowing with health and energy, the radiation oncologist recently spoke at a luncheon at Selby Gardens about the disease-fighting effects of a plant-based diet.

Durvalumab Consolidation After Chemoradiotherapy Improves Progression-Free Survival in Stage III Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

The ASCO Post — Dec. 25
As reported by Scott J. Antonia, MD, PhD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, and colleagues in The New England Journal of Medicine …

New and improved classifiers may sharpen thyroid nodule diagnosis

Internal Medicine News — Jan. 3
“This is a study that is desperately needed in this field,” session attendee Bryan McIver, MD, PhD, an endocrinologist and deputy physician-in-chief at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, said in an interview.

Also published by PM360 Online

Friday Feedback: Do Docs Know Best for PSA Screening?

MedPage Today — Dec. 29
Philippe E. Spiess, MD, Moffitt Cancer Center: My recommendation is to discuss the merits and drawbacks of screening with a PCP and local urologist as it has been shown to detect prostate cancer at an earlier stage with an imparted curative potential.

Phase II CAR-T Study Reports Significant Remission Rates at 15-Months

Oncology Times — Jan. 5
The findings, reported in the Dec. 10 online issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (2017; doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1707447), and presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in December, resulted from a 22-institution study led by Sattva Neelapu, MD, Professor of Lymphoma & Myeloma at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, and Frederick Locke, MD, Vice Chair and Associate Member of the Department of Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy at Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Fla.

17 for ‘17: Top Tampa Bay business stories of the year

Tampa Bay Times — Dec. 29
Under Clark’s leadership, Busch Gardens also has worked with neighbors — the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital Tampa and University Mall — to promote coordinated economic development in northern Tampa.

Celebrity Paul Anthony looks to boost Moffitt‘s African-American outreach

Jackson Observer — Dec. 27
“When I looked it up … the first two words I read were ‘fatal and incurable,’ ” Anthony said during a recent H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center event at the Tampa Museum of Art. “The first thing I said was, ‘Wow.’ Thirty seconds later, I said, ‘I’m not changing anything.’

Moffitt/Memorial Partnership Brings Innovative Blood Cancer Treatment and Research to South Florida

Hollywood Gazette — Dec. 29
Hollywood-based Memorial Healthcare System has announced a valuable new alliance with Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center, bringing leading-edge treatment and research for blood cancers to patients in South Florida.

FIRST STUDY OF QUALITY OF LIFE OF PATIENTS WITH LOCALLY ADVANCED CUTANEOUS MELANOMA PUBLISHED IN MELANOMA RESEARCH

Globe Newswire — Dec. 27
Interviews of adults with Stage IIIB, IIIC or IV M1a cutaneous melanoma at three cancer centers in the U.S. (Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida and Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah) and Australia (Melanoma Institute Australia, Sydney) were conducted to assess how locoregionally advanced cutaneous melanoma impacted everyday life. Published by The Buffalo News, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stockwatch, ForexTV.com, MarketWatch

Moffitt at Memorial Hospital West offering leading-edge care

Miami’s Community Newspapers — Jan. 1
Feliciano didn’t know it at the time, but a clinical partnership between the Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center and Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida was about to save his life.

Moffitt At Memorial Offers Leading-Edge Cancer Care

Public — Dec. 26
Feliciano didn't know it at the time, but a clinical partnership between the Tampa-based Moffitt Cancer Center and Memorial Healthcare System in South Florida was about to save his life.

U.S. Rep. Castor Announces Over $1.2 Million For Tampa Area Families

Public — Dec. 28
Among the federals grants won this year are nearly $5 million to the University of South Florida to support 2018 enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace, $1.6 million to Moffitt Cancer Center in partnership with the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico, for interdisciplinary cancer research; $780,800 to strengthen Tampa's economy by creating permanent jobs in East Tampa; and grants to numerous social programs including $1.1 million for youth programs in disadvantaged communities.

CASTOR SAYS SHE BROUGHT HOME MILLIONS TO THE TAMPA AREA IN 2017

Tampa Bay Reporter — Dec. 29
Among the federals grants won this year are nearly $5 million to the University of South Florida to support 2018 enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace; $1.6 million to Moffitt Cancer Center in partnership with the Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico for interdisciplinary cancer research, $780,800 to strengthen Tampa's economy by creating permanent jobs in East Tampa and grants to numerous social programs including $1.1 million for youth programs in disadvantaged communities.

Straz Center gets grant; Over 3,500 students to benefit

Watermark — Dec. 27
The 2017-2018 program will partner with the Metropolitan Ministries/Sullivan Elementary School, Academy Prep of Tampa Bay, MacDill Air Force Base’s Youth Programs, Pepin Academy, Firehouse Cultural Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, RCMA Leadership Academy, Centre for Girls, Moffitt Cancer Center’s Healthy KIDZ program and 36 others.

Bucs to Celebrate Fans Throughout Regular Season Finale Sunday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Dec. 29
As part of the Buccaneers Rookie Club, Howard has spent time with military personnel at MacDill Air Force Base, visited with patients and their families at Moffitt Cancer Center and most recently brought holiday cheer to youth at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Tyler Davis, Khris Bogle dominate inaugural Legends Showcase Junior All-Star Game

Orlando Sentinel — Dec. 24
The event, the first ever, was organized by Waseem and West team coach Woodrow Grady. East team coach was Keiwan Ratliff. The event sponsor is the Moffitt Cancer Center of Tampa.

Best and Worst Exercises for People With Ankylosing Spondylitis

HealthCentral — Dec. 19
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. 

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