October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

Jimmy Patronis reveals his wife’s battle with breast cancer

Florida Politics – Oct. 11

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is heading back to Tallahassee from Tampa after seeing his wife, Katie, through breast cancer surgery. The two were at Moffitt Cancer Center as Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle, including Panama City Beach where the couple and their children live.

 

Residents invited to giant community health fair in Sun City Center Oct. 30

Florida Observer – Oct. 11

Health fair partners include the Men’s Club of Sun City Center, SunTowers Retirement Community, Sun City Center Emergency Squad, South Bay Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center and Tampa General Hospital.

 

Shannons Walk for ACC Cure

WWSB – Oct. 11

All proceeds from this event benefit Moffitt Cancer Center and are dedicated to the advancement of treatment, awareness, and necessary research needed to understand the growing number of adrenal cancer cases ravaging our community.

 

Anixa Biosciences Appoints Leading Researchers in Immuno-Oncology to its Scientific Advisory Board

PR Newswire – Oct. 11

Dr. Abate-Daga is an Assistant Member of the Department of Immunology at Moffitt.  His group is interested in understanding how a new generation of immune receptors (Chimeric Antigen Receptors, conventional T-cell receptors, and others) can be designed to outperform the current products, in both antitumor efficacy and safety. Also posted to WFMJ, WENY, KITV and NewsBlaze.com.

 

The HPV Vaccine Is Now FDA-Approved for People Over 26: What You Need to Know

Self Magazine – Oct. 9

The new recommendation means that you can get vaccinated even if you've already been sexually active (and have already potentially been exposed to some strains of HPV). That's because "it is unlikely that they were exposed to all nine types of HPV that the vaccine protects against,” Susan Vadaparampil, Ph.D., M.P.H., vice chair of the Health Outcomes and Behavior Department at Moffitt Cancer Center, tells SELF. “Thus, there are continued opportunities for health benefit from receiving the vaccine after age 27.”

 

Optimizing New Treatments Key to Advancing AML Care

Targeted Oncology – Oct. 9

In an interview with Targeted Oncology, Komrokji, principal investigator, MDS Research Consortium, Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, clinical director, Hematologic Malignancies, Moffitt Cancer Center, reflected on the diverse AML treatment landscape and touched on the prognostic importance of biomarkers.

 

Top Doctors and Researchers Headline Paws for a Cure Research Symposium to Seek Cures for Cancers Shared by Dogs and Kids

Cure Today – Oct. 9

The Registry is sponsored by ALCF, the American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. SITC members Adam P. Dicker, MD, PhD (Thomas Jefferson University), and Heather S. Jim, PhD (H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute), are leading the efforts on the subsequent patient study.

 

Durvalumab Improves Overall Survival in Stage III NSCLC

The ASCO Post – Oct. 9

The phase III PACIFIC trial showed significantly improved overall survival with durvalumab (Imfinzi) vs placebo after chemoradiotherapy in patients with unresectable stage III non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Scott J. Antonia, MD, of the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida, reported these results at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASCL) 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer held recently in Toronto. The findings were published simultaneously in The New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Update Supports Durvalumab With Chemoradiotherapy as Standard for Unresectable Stage III NSCLC

Targeted Oncology – Oct. 9

“We’ve cured 15% to 30% of patients [with stage III, unresectable NSCLC]. But of course, we’ve been stuck with those numbers for decades. We have not been able to make any inroads to improving the outcomes of these patients for quite some time,” said Antonia, department chair of the Thoracic Oncology Department at Moffitt Cancer Center and professor of oncologic sciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

 

Pink menu items hit restaurants across Tampa Bay, because October

Creative Loafing – Oct. 9

The Lobby Bar This new addition to the Epicurean Hotel features three beverages in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Expect a local beer , a rosé and an original cocktail called the Pink Lady. Ten percent of the sales are donated to Moffitt Cancer Center. $8-$14. Through Oct. 31. 

 

ViewRay® to Host Investor & Analyst Meeting at 2018 ASTRO Annual Meeting in San Antonio

WICZ – Oct. 9

The meeting will include a brief company update from Scott Drake, President and Chief Executive Officer of ViewRay, followed by presentations from Louis B. Harrison, M.D., FASTRO, Chair and Senior Member, Department of Radiation Oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center and Michael L. Steinberg, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Also posted to WBOC and KAKE.

 

Temple Terrace To Observe Fire Prevention Month With Open House

Patch – Oct. 9

Volunteers include Florida Hospital, the GFWC Temple Terrace Woman's Club, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida College and USF's CERT Team.

 

Fort Lauderdale to host state's biotech conference this month

Sun Sentinel – Oct. 9

Participants include research scientists and professors from the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, Scripps Florida, Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Atlantic University, Nova Southeastern University and University of Central Florida.

 

Drug boosts survival in stage III non-small cell lung cancer

MDLinx.com – Oct. 8

“Immune checkpoint inhibitors targeting programmed death 1 (PD-1) and programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) have shown activity in the treatment of numerous cancers, including advanced NSCLC,” wrote the authors, led by Scott J. Antonia, MD, PhD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, FL.

 

Ovarian cancer risks may be lowered with aspirin

European Pharmaceutical Review – Oct. 8

Researchers from Harvard Chan School, along with colleagues from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Moffitt Cancer Centre in Tampa, analyzed data on 205,498 women who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study and Nurses’ Health Study II. Of those, 1,054 developed ovarian cancer. 

 

Combo Tx Boosts PFS in Advanced pNETs

MedPage Today – Oct. 8

Co-author Jonathan Strosberg, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, said a number of patients in the combination arm had changes in tumor status that did not meet criteria for objective response.

 

Surgery Improves Survival for most pNETs

MedPage Today – Oct. 8

"After adjustment for other variables, receipt of surgery for stage IV patients showed a 71% decreased hazard of death," reported Benjamin D. Powers, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and colleagues at the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society annual symposium. 

 

1Voice Foundation moves forward with assistance for pediatric cancer patients

Tampa Bay Times – Oct. 5

"You really feel for the children (who have cancer) and the parents," said Tebbi, who, in collaboration with Moffitt, spends every weekday and some weekends, doing research toward the development of a vaccine to prevent leukemia.

 

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