March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018

Popular Moffitt cancer doctor dies in fiery Temple Terrace crash

WFLA – March 29

Temple Terrace Police identified the driver as Dr. Charles Canaan Williams, Jr., a 70-year-old Temple Terrace resident. Williams was one of the first oncologists to work at the Moffitt Cancer center when the facility first opened its doors.

Moffitt Cancer Center doctor killed in fiery, 3-car crash near Tampa-area intersection

WTSP – March 29

The man killed in a fiery, three-car crash at a busy Tampa-area intersection is identified as a Moffitt Cancer Center doctor.

Moffitt Cancer Center mourning loss of doctor killed in car crash

Bay News 9 – March 29

Just before 7:30 a.m. on March 28, Dr. Charles Williams Jr.'s car collided with two other vehicles on Fowler Avenue in Temple Terrace and caught fire.

"As sudden as it was as tragic as it was, it's still hard to process," Moffitt Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Keenan said.   

Moffitt cancer doctor dies in car fire following crash on Fowler Avenue

ABC Action News – March 29

A car fire following a multi-vehicle crash killed a Moffitt cancer doctor and shutdown the westbound lanes of Fowler Avenue Wednesday morning.

Moffitt doctor killed in crash remembered for treating patients like family

Tampa Bay Times – March 29

Dr. Charles Canaan Williams Jr. never gave up hope on his patients, even when the odds were stacked against them. Williams, 70, a lung cancer specialist and a senior member of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, died in a fiery three-car crash Wednesday morning not far from his home in Temple Terrace.

Hepatitis C Screening Increasing Among Baby Boomers

Infections Disease Advisor – March 30

Monica L. Kasting, Ph.D., from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and colleagues assessed HCV screening rates and predictors for four birth cohorts: born before 1945, born from 1945 to 1965 (baby boomers), born between 1966 and 1985, and born after 1985.

The owners of Tampa's University Mall are exploring a new path for success at the 96-acre property

Florida Business Observer – March 30

Just as importantly, Bowen is working to rehabilitate the area around the 2200 E. Fowler Ave. mall, which has largely failed to participant in this cycle’s economic resurgence despite the presence nearby a Shriner’s Hospital for Children, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center’s headquarters and the main campus of the University of South Florida.

See the Tampa/St. Pete hospitals on list of leaders in LGBTQ healthcare equality

Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 28

Four hospitals that previously made the list last year were back on it this year, including VA Bay Pines Healthcare System, St. Petersburg General Hospital, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute and VA James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, according to the 2018 report from the HRC Foundation. It is the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization. Also seen in the Orlando Business Journal

This DNA-Based Attack Against Cancer May Just Work

Smithsonian Magazine – April 2018

“Right then my worst fear came into my mind,” Padilla says. “I didn’t want to say it, but I knew it.” One of his lymph nodes had swollen to the size of a golf ball—his cancer was back for the third time, and all his therapy options were exhausted. Or so he thought until he met Frederick Locke, an oncologist who leads the immune cell therapy initiative at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.

Hepatitis C Virus Screening Rates Remain Low Among Baby Boomers

AACR – March 28

“In the United States, approximately one in 30 baby boomers are chronically infected with HCV,” said Susan Vadaparampil, PhD, MPH, senior author, senior member and professor, Health Outcomes and Behavior Program, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida.

Cancer care in Florida: A cure at a cost

Florida Trend – March 27

The approval followed a national, two year clinical trial, co-led by Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, in which doctors administered the CAR-T cell therapy to about 100 adult non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients who already had undergone two failed regimens of chemotherapy.

Screening strategies could reduce multiple myeloma prevalence, mortality

News Medical – March 27

Moffitt researchers, in collaboration with scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University, the University of Manchester and the University of Iowa, performed a series of computational modeling experiments to determine the best screening strategies in different groups of individuals.

A New Wrinkle in Human Anatomy

Medical Health News – March 27

Despite recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, most baby boomers have not been screened for hepatitis C (HCV) – the virus that’s responsible for half of all cases of liver cancer – according to researchers at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Moffitt Is The Only Cancer Center In Florida Named A 2018 LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader

Public Now – March 27

'Moffitt's mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The disease doesn't discriminate, and neither do we. The LGBTQ community is just as at risk as any other,' says B. Lee Green, Ph.D., vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications at Moffitt. 

Oncologist Shares Lessons Learned From CAR T-Cell Therapy in ALL

AJMC – March 27

On the closing day of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 23rd Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, Bijal Shah, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, presented on acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), and on the lessons learned from the application of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy in this indication. 

Relapsed/Refractory ALL: Evaluating Novel Agents

OncLive – March 27

Bijal D. Shah, MD: I want to extend that though, and I would extend that concept to extramedullary relapse. We do see that more commonly in the relapsed/refractory space, where they may have large nodal deposits or even just other extramedullary sites of involvement.  

Hepatitis C Screening Increasing Among Baby Boomers

MPR – March 27

Monica L. Kasting, Ph.D., from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and colleagues assessed HCV screening rates and predictors for four birth cohorts: born before 1945, born from 1945 to 1965 (baby boomers), born between 1966 and 1985, and born after 1985.

Repurposing inhibitors may provide new treatment approach for ovarian cancer – March 27

Co-authors from Wistar include Pyoung Hwa Park, Shuai Wu, Nail Fatkhutdinov, Sergey Karakashev, Timothy Nacarelli, Andrew V. Kossenkov, David W. Speicher, and Benjamin G. Bitler. Other co-authors include Stephanie Jean from the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute; Lin Zhang from the University of Pennsylvania; Tian-Li Wang and Ie-Ming Shih from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; and Jose R. Conejo-Garcia from Moffitt Cancer Center. 

HCV screening lags for women, blacks, Hispanics

Healio – March 27

“There is substantial room for improvement,” Monica L. Kasting, PhD, from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida, and colleagues wrote. 

Optimizing chemotherapy schedules using evolutionary game theory

USC Viterbi – March 27

After completing his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in August, West is now working as a post-doctoral researcher for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. Working in their Integrative Mathematical Oncology Department, he is using the mathematical model to test treatment plans being developed by clinicians at the center before they are applied to patients during clinical trials.

Screening high-risk individuals can reduce multiple myeloma mortality

Medical Xpress - March 27

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers are trying to identify patients who are at a higher risk of developing multiple myeloma early in order to improve patient outcomes. A new study published online in the JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics found that screening individuals with a high lifetime risk of developing a precursor condition can reduce the prevalence and specific mortality of symptomatic multiple myeloma.

Testing for hepatitis C lags with baby boomers despite high infection rate

Boston Globe – March 27

‘‘If we want to make a dent in the rising rate of liver cancer, we need to get the population with a high rate of infection screened and treated,’’ said Susan Vadaparampil, the study’s senior author and a researcher at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. Also seen in The Washington Post

Precision Cancer Methods Are Developed With AI Methods – March 27

In addition to the Computational Biomodeling Laboratory, the project involves four Finnish companies (Misvik Biology, Medi Sapiens, Orion Pharma, Euformatics). The U.S.-based Moffitt Cancer Research Center in Tampa, FL is a new key contributor to the project, with large patient data sets and extensive validation capabilities. 

Should Florida law require school kids to get the HPV vaccine?

Tampa Bay Times – March 26

"The introduction of any new vaccine is controversial. But as a country, we seem to forget the benefit of vaccination. The message that we need to get out is that we can prevent multiple cancers in men and women with this vaccine," said Dr. Anna Giuliano, founding director of the Center for Infection Research in Cancer at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Bijal D. Shah, MD, on What ALL Tells Us About CAR T Cells

ASCO Post – March 25

Bijal D. Shah, MD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses key studies of CAR T-cell therapy in relapsed B-cell ALL and the adverse events that this treatment may cause. 

Washington Parish couple creates haven for unwanted, abused animals

The Advocate – March 24
She met Accardo, 37, when the New Orleans native and LSU graduate was in a training fellowship for a year starting in August 2015 at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, where she worked. When they bought the land and moved to Louisiana early last year, 38 animals came, too.

OncLive® to Focus on Breast Cancer for its Latest State of the Science Summit™

Digital Journal – March 23

OncLive®, the leading digital provider of resources and information to oncology professionals, announces State of the Summit Science™: Breast Cancer, which will take place on March 29 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown in Tampa, Florida, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. The event will be chaired by Hatem Soliman, M.D., medical director of the clinical trials office at Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Cell therapy company eyeing HQ move to Tampa

Tampa Bay Business Journal – March 23

Vycellix is looking at space on Moffitt’s McKinley campus, south of Fowler Avenue and the main cancer center facility at University of South Florida, said Doug Calder, Vycellix president. 



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