May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019

 Moffitt lands among the top 5 hospital and health systems for diversity

Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 9

Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa has been recognized by DiversityInc as one of the nation's top hospitals and health systems for diversity. Florida's largest cancer center moved up to No. 3 in its fourth year appearing on the list. It was the only one in Florida to make the list.

 

6 most diverse hospitals, health systems

Becker’s Hospital Review – May 9

The most diverse hospitals, health systems:

  1. Cleveland Clinic
  2. Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
  3. Moffitt Cancer Center (Tampa, Fla.)

 

A Florida judge ruled that a 3-year-old with leukemia must start chemotherapy despite his parents' objections

Business Insider – May 9

Dr. Bijal Shah, the head of the Moffitt Cancer Center's Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Program, who is not treating Noah, told ABC 11, "The overwhelming likelihood is that without further therapy this child will relapse."

 

Judge rules 3-year-old must continue chemotherapy over parents' objections

The Hill – May 9

Dr. Bijal Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia program, told the Times a full regimen of chemotherapy initiated as soon as possible after diagnosis can cure over 90 percent of cases of the type of leukemia McAdams has.

 

A Judge Ordered The Florida Parents Of A Child With Leukemia To Continue With Chemotherapy

BuzzFeed – May 9

But as Dr. Bijal Shah of the Moffitt Cancer Center told BuzzFeed News, “It’s going to be almost universal that the leukemia will come back” if treatment is stopped early. Shah also said that just because leukemia becomes undetectable, that doesn’t mean that it is cured.

 

Editorial: State wisely puts a child’s life first

Tampa Bay Times – May 8

The state disagrees; an expert at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa who is uninvolved in the case told the Tampa Bay Times that only a full chemotherapy regimen could be effective.

 

Judge rules boy fighting leukemia will get chemotherapy despite parents' disapproval

WFTS – May 8

“We have no way of saying that he is cured of leukemia this early in therapy,” said Dr. Bijal Shah, who is the clinical leader for the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia program at Moffitt Cancer Center.

 

Tampa judge orders chemo for young cancer patient; leaves door open for alternatives

WTVT – April 8                                                                                     

But the science on cannabis is not widely accepted and the treatment is not FDA-approved. Chemotherapy, on the other hand, is shown to be 90-percent effective against the kind of leukemia Noah has, according Dr. Bijal Shah, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.  

 

Against parents’ wishes, judge orders Tampa boy with leukemia to resume chemotherapy

Tampa Bay Times – May 8

The type of leukemia Noah has can be cured in greater than 90 percent of cases with a full regimen of chemotherapy that begins as soon as possible after diagnosis, said Dr. Bijal D. Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia program. Shah, who is not involved in Noah's treatment or the legal case, told the Tampa Bay Times that the entire chemotherapy regimen, including the final, less intense “maintenance" phase typically lasts about 2½ years.

 

Parents fight for custody of toddler with cancer after they refused chemotherapy treatment

WTSP – May 7

Dr. Bijal Shah, the clinical leader for acute lymphoblastic leukemia ant Moffitt Cancer Center has a more traditional view. Be believes that its possible to be cured after just 16 months but it’s a gamble. Years of research show 30 months of chemotherapy gives the best chance of survival.

 

Parents and supporters continue the fight for alternative treatment for sick child

WFTS – May 7

“We have no way of saying that he is cured of leukemia this early in therapy,” said Dr. Bijal Shah, who is the clinical leader for the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia program at Moffitt Cancer Center. He has not treated Noah, but is an expert on his type of cancer.

 

This Florida Couple Are Refusing Further Chemotherapy For Their Child With Cancer

Buzzfeed – May 7

Dr. Bijal Shah leads the acute lymphoblastic leukemia program at the Moffitt Cancer Center and said that just because a cancer becomes undetectable, doesn't mean it's cured. Remission means it could still come back — and stopping therapy early, such as in Noah's case, increases the risk of new cancer cells forming, spreading, and being resistant once treatment begins again.

 

Tampa parents want to use medical marijuana — not chemotherapy — on cancer-stricken son

Tampa Bay Times – May 7

The type of leukemia Noah has can be cured in more than 90 percent of cases with a full regimen of chemotherapy that lasts about 2 1/2 years, Dr. Bijal D. Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia program, told the Tampa Bay Times last week.

 

Florida parents lose custody of 3-year-old with cancer after halting chemo        

Yahoo Lifestyle – May 7

However, Dr. Bijal Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center's Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Program in Tampa, told Good Morning America that Noah’s blood tests don’t necessarily prove that he is in remission. "We have no way of saying that he is cured of leukemia this early in therapy," said Shah.

                                                                  

Joshua and Taylor lost custody of their son after stopping chemo. Now, they want him back

MamaMia.com – May 8

However, the head of the Moffitt Cancer Centre's acute lymphoblastic leukaemia program, Dr Bijal Shah, says there’s no way of saying Noah is cured of leukaemia at this early stage in treatment.

Dr Shah says for patients with a standard risk who follow the treatment plan, there’s a cure rate of 90 per cent. That plan involves continuing chemotherapy for two and a half years.

 

Nurse Appreciation from the Survivor and Caregiver Audience

Oncology Nursing News – May 7

“Thanks to all the oncology nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center who helped my husband have quality of life for 2 1/2 years, I never forgot their love and compassion toward their patients. It was like family.” – LM

 

Parents stop chemo, trigger custody fight

ABC World News Now – May 6

Dr. Shah is the head of the Moffitt's acute lymphoblastic program. He's not treating Noah but he says blood tests continue show the full picture.

 

Rates of Lung Cancer Screening Discussions Are Low, and Falling Further

Reuters – May 6

Dr. Vani Simmons, associate member of the Health Outcomes and Behavior Department at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, commented by email, "With respect to conversations regarding smoking cessation, most patients are asked by their providers about their smoking status and are advised to quit; however, much fewer are provided assistance in quitting smoking."

 

Melanoma Monday

Fox 13 – May 6

You may see people putting on the sunscreen at the ball field and the beach, but experts say there is a place you may be forgetting it. i went along for a ride with the Moffitt Cancer Center’s Dr. Vernon Sondak to find out more. 

 

Swim Across America returns to Tampa Bay

Spectrum Bay News 9 – May  6

Where will the money go?

“Moffitt has a tent there they call Mole Patrol. While she was swimming I went in … and a doctor told me he thought I had melanoma and that I needed further screening.”

 

Mom's cancer diagnosis gives new meaning to teen's swim event

WTSP – May 6

“Last year while Carli was swimming, I went into a tent that Moffitt Cancer Center runs at the event,” Jill explained. “There are doctors there who will do a mole check for you. One of the doctors checked me and found melanoma on my back.”

 

4th Annual Cybersecurity Panel Discussion May 15th

Hi-Tech Answers – May 6

Also on this year’s panel is Dave Summitt, the CISO of Moffitt Cancer Center, a Fellow at ICIT and a national speaker on the subject of cybersecurity.

 

Florida Parents Lose Custody Of Their 3-Year-Old After Stopping His Chemotherapy Treatments

Inquisitr – May 6

However, Dr. Bijal Shah of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Program says that a single test showing no cancer does not necessarily mean that a patient is cancer-free, nor does it indicate that the patient is out of the woods when it comes to relapse.

 

Parents lose custody over son after refusing traditional treatment for leukemia

Good Morning America-May 5

A judge has placed the boy in the care of his grandparents while she decides whether he’ll get the chemo doctors say he desperately needs. The blood tests Noah's parents cite, though, don't show the full picture, according to Dr. Bijal Shah, the head of the Moffitt Cancer Center's Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Program.

 

Parents investigated after resisting chemo treatments for 3-year-old son

NBC Nightly News- May 5

Joshua and Taylor McAdams sought a second opinion at an Ohio hospital after their son underwent two treatments for leukemia, saying his lab results showed no more signs of cancer. Dr. Bijal Shah says,We need chemotherapy. It is the most effective mechanism. It is the most effective therapy for getting us to that 90% cure.”

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