February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019

Issues persist with medical marijuana rollout

Capitol News Service/WJXT – Feb. 21

“This board will not and is not able to do any sort of studies on any sort of product that is grown here in the state of Florida,” said Jamie Wilson of the Moffitt Cancer Center.


Swedish biotech firm will establish HQ next to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa

Tampa Bay Business Journal – Feb. 21

Vycellix Inc., which was founded by medical researchers at Sweden’s world renowned Karolinska Institutet, said its team initially comprising of its senior executive and administrative staff, is scheduled to occupy its new space next to the Moffitt Cancer Center in April, according to a Feb. 21 news release.


Plaintiffs asking for $8 million in Philip Morris lung cancer trial

Florida Record – Feb. 21

While Dorce said Holliman wasn’t legally addicted to nicotine, a plaintiff witness, Dr. David Drobes, a researcher with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, said Holliman was addicted. 


Women's Final Four Comes to Tampa April 5th-7th With Events for Everyone

My Area Network – Feb. 21

A grant donation to the Moffitt Cancer Center will be made by the Kay Yow Cancer Fund the Wednesday before the event.


Speak Out for Moffitt advocates depart for Tallahassee on Moffitt Day

Bay News 9 – Feb. 20

It’s Moffitt Day! You're looking at video from earlier this morning when more than 50 "speak out for Moffitt" advocate departed from Tampa by bus to meet with lawmakers in Tallahassee.


14th Annual Moffitt Day

WTVT – Feb. 20

Dozens of people are taking the fight against cancer on the road.


Cancer research advocates in Tallahassee

ABC Action News – Feb. 20

Dozens of people who are fighting cancer and their caregivers traveled to Tallahassee today.


The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics 

Florida Politics – Feb. 21

Moffitt Cancer Center President and CEO Alan F. List, M.D., joined CFO Patronis and wife Katie at the Capitol to encourage continued cancer research funding. Katie Patronis underwent breast cancer surgery at Moffitt last year. 


CFO Jimmy Patronis and Katie Patronis Share Cancer Battle at Moffitt Day

MyPanhandle.com – Feb. 20

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis and Katie Patronis discussed their family’s battle with cancer at the Moffitt Day Press Conference at the Florida Capitol. CFO Patronis also outlined one of his top priorities— providing firefighters fighting cancer access to insurance benefits.


CFO Jimmy Patronis and Katie Patronis Share Cancer Battle at Moffitt Day

Capital Soup – Feb. 20

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “Today, I was proud to stand with my amazing wife Katie as she shared her battle with breast cancer. We cannot put into words the tremendous support we received from Moffitt Cancer Center.”


Doctors, survivors highlight importance of cancer research and care

WCTV – Feb. 20

People on the front lines of cancer research in Florida are calling on lawmakers for funding. The rotunda at the Florida Capitol was filled with doctors, staff and cancer survivors speaking on behalf of Moffitt Cancer Center on Wednesday.


Army docs fail to tell soldier about spot on lung; cancer goes untreated for 6 months

WFLA – Feb. 20

These days you probably won't find this Green Beret spending time on a rifle range.

He is more likely at Moffitt Cancer Center receiving treatment, on Capitol Hill lobbying Congress to change the Feres Doctrine and spending as much time as possible with his wife and two young daughters.


NCAA and Tampa Bay Local Organizing Committee announce details for 2019 NCAA Women’s Final Four

NCAA.com – Feb. 20

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund will announce a special research grant for the center. Moffitt will be a two-time beneficiary, having received its first Kay Yow Cancer Fund grant during the 2015 Women’s Final Four. 


The Benefit of Cardio- Oncology Programs for Cancer Patients         

Cancer Network – Feb. 19

By Roohi Ismail-Khan, MD, MSc, Moffitt Cancer Center


Combo T cell and targeted therapy strategy for resistant melanoma with BRAF mutation

Science Daily – Feb. 20

Collaborative research by The Wistar Institute and Moffitt Cancer Center has demonstrated that BRAF targeted therapies render resistant melanoma more sensitive to the attack of killer T cells. 


Cancer research advocates going to Tallahassee

ABC Action News – Feb. 20

This morning dozens of people fighting cancer and their caregivers are heading to share their stories with lawmakers. It’s the 14th annual Moffitt Day at the Capitol.


Moffitt Day in Tallahassee

Bay News 9

It is Moffitt Day. More than 50 Speak Out for Moffitt advocates will be in the city meeting with lawmakers. Caregivers, patients and Moffitt Cancer Center team members will discuss a mission to help prevent and find a cure for cancer.


Sixty Days for 2.19.19 — A prime-time look at the 2019 Legislative Session

Florida Politics – Feb. 19

Patronis and wife Katie will join Moffitt Cancer Center leadership and patients for a news conference, part of “Moffitt Day” at The Capitol. Katie Patronis underwent breast cancer surgery at Moffitt last year. That’s at 12:30 p.m., Plaza-level Rotunda.


HOPA Ahead 2019 to help hematology/oncology pharmacists deliver highest-quality care

Healio – Feb. 19

“There really is something for everybody, whether they are an oncology generalist who takes care of patients with cancer a couple days a week or a seasoned professional who is trying to get their [board-certified oncology pharmacist (BCOP)] hours,” Ryan N. Bookout, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, the 2018-2019 president of HOPA’s board of directors, told HemOnc Today.


Finding LGBTQ-Friendly Health Care a Challenge

WebMD – Feb. 19

“There was this overall limited knowledge about LGBTQ health and cancer needs,” explains lead author Matthew B. Schabath, PhD, an associate professor in cancer epidemiology at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. 


Developers plan to turn languishing University Mall into 'innovation village'

Fox 13 – Feb. 19

Developers believe the proximity to USF, Moffitt Cancer Center and the VA Hospital make the property a perfect spot for this kind of project.


Hooper: H. Lee Moffitt showed clarity of vision in fighting to establish cancer center      

Tampa Bay Times – Feb. 18

Preserve Vision Florida recently honored H. Lee Moffitt as its “Person of Vision.” Moffitt, 77, remains a board member and strong advocate for the critical work happening at the cancer research center that bears his name. But many may not realize Moffitt, a former Florida Speaker of the House, endured multiple political challenges in trying to bring about the center.


‘Off-the-shelf’ CAR-Ts have an important role to play – but are they ready for prime time?

MedCity News – Feb. 18

Other than the ASH abstract, there is insufficient information to say whether lack of persistence is the case, said Dr. Fred Locke, leader of the Immune Cell Therapy initiative at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, in a phone interview. 



Tampa Bay Reporter – Feb. 18

Zamani is a research assistant in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology at Moffitt Cancer Center and serves as director of public health at the BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic, a student-run free clinic located on USF’s campus.



Milwaukee Brewers – Feb. 18

Al LeBoeuf, the longtime Brewers Minor League coach who will serve as the hitting instructor at Triple-A San Antonio this season, last fall passed another milestone in his fight against a rare blood disorder. In his annual check-up at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa last September, LeBoeuf was declared five years cancer-free.


More marijuana research coming to Florida

WFLA – Feb. 15

Two years ago, Florida lawmakers created a marijuana research board at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, but the project has been dead in the water because of inaction by the Department of Health.


30 Cyclists bike from Tampa to Tallahassee to raise money for cancer research

Feb. 17 – Bay News 9

Moffitt Cancer Center will host its 14th annual "Moffitt Day at the Florida State capitol" on Wednesday.


Raising Funds for Cancer Research

ABC Action News  - Feb. 16

So many owe their lives to Moffitt Cancer Center, I'm joined by Chris and Joshua, participating in the fundraisers, called Cure on Wheels.


A stem cell transplant with a twist. ‘They are connected in so many ways’

Tampa Bay Times – Feb. 15

“One of the biggest barriers to survival is finding a suitable donor,” said Dr. Asmita Mishra, an oncologist in Moffitt’s blood and marrow transplant and cellular immunotherapy program. 


Medical Marijuana Research

WCTV – Feb. 15

Two years ago law- makers created a marijuana research board at "Moffitt Cancer Center" in Tampa. " However,..the project never really took off because of inaction by the department of health. 


U.S. Medicare plans to track CAR-T cancer therapy outcomes

Reuters – Feb. 15

We still do not have a clear pathway for Medicare payment,” Jack Kolosky, chief operating officer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, told Reuters in an interview on Friday. He said Moffitt currently has around $10 million in unpaid Medicare CAR-T claims.


Moffitt researchers shed light on how CAR T cells function mechanistically

News Medical – Feb. 15

A team of Moffitt Cancer Center researchers addressed this uncertainty and characterized the mechanism of action of these new agents in a new article published this week in Science Signaling.


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