May 3, 2019

May 03, 2019

Police took cancer-stricken toddler from his parents. Their supporters call it a ‘medical kidnapping.’

The Washington Post-May 2, 2019

Bijal D. Shah, who leads Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia program, told the Tampa Bay Times that the treatment has been remarkably successful, with a cure rate of 90 percent — but that it can require two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy. Stopping the treatment early, he said, means the cancer will almost always come back.

 

Chemo or natural remedies? Little Noah caught in legal fight over how to treat his leukemia

Tampa Bay Times- May 1

In oncology, acute lymphoblastic leukemia is considered one of the great success stories, said Dr. Bijal D. Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center's acute lymphoblastic leukemia program. This cure rate is up to 90 percent, but at a price — 2 1/2 years of chemotherapy.

 

Kayleigh McEnany: It's one year since my preventative double mastectomy at age 30 -- Here's how I am doing

FOX NEWS Online-May 1

On the morning of May 1, 2018, I woke up knowing that the day I had anticipated for nine years had finally arrived. It was the day of my preventative double mastectomy – the day I would attack my BRCA 2 genetic mutation head-on and take my chances of breast cancer from 84 percent to virtually zero.

 

‘They’re doing it on the backs of patients,’ one cancer center warns Congress about robocalls

The Washington Post – April 30

The robocall deluge has proven especially alarming for hospitals, treatment centers and other health-related organizations, said Dave Summitt, the chief information security officer at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.


Moffitt Cancer Center security chief: Robocalls target patients by faking they are from hospital

Tampa Bay Times- May 1

The chief security officer at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa warned Congress on Tuesday that patients and hospital employees are receiving robocalls from phone numbers that appear to be coming from Moffitt -- but they are actually scammers trying to get their personal information.

 

Medicare’s proposed CAR T reimbursement increase ‘woefully inadequate’

Healio – April 30

“While that is unusual and perhaps unprecedented that CMS [is] increasing [its] reimbursement rate, it remains woefully inadequate to cover the cost of the therapy,” Frederick L. Locke, MD, director of the immune cell therapy program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, told HemOnc Today. “They are saying they are going to pay more, but the amount they’re going to pay is not enough to cover the cost of the product, let alone the total hospitalization care costs.”

 

‘They’re doing it on the backs of patients,’ one cancer center warns Congress about robocalls

The Washington Post – April 30

The robocall deluge has proven especially alarming for hospitals, treatment centers and other health-related organizations, said Dave Summitt, the chief information security officer at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

 

Medicare’s proposed CAR T reimbursement increase ‘woefully inadequate’

Healio – April 30

“While that is unusual and perhaps unprecedented that CMS [is] increasing [its] reimbursement rate, it remains woefully inadequate to cover the cost of the therapy,” Frederick L. Locke, MD, director of the immune cell therapy program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, told HemOnc Today. “They are saying they are going to pay more, but the amount they’re going to pay is not enough to cover the cost of the product, let alone the total hospitalization care costs.”

 

Medicare’s proposed CAR T reimbursement increase ‘woefully inadequate’

Healio – April 30

“While that is unusual and perhaps unprecedented that CMS [is] increasing [its] reimbursement rate, it remains woefully inadequate to cover the cost of the therapy,” Frederick L. Locke, MD,director of the immune cell therapy program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, told HemOnc Today. “They are saying they are going to pay more, but the amount they’re going to pay is not enough to cover the cost of the product, let alone the total hospitalization care costs.”

 

‘They’re doing it on the backs of patients,’ one cancer center warns Congress about robocalls

The Washington Post – April 30

The robocall deluge has proven especially alarming for hospitals, treatment centers and other health-related organizations, said Dave Summitt, the chief information security officer at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.

 

Kayleigh McEnany: It's one year since my preventative double mastectomy at age 30 -- Here's how I am doing

Fox News  - May 1

On the way to Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, that morning, I listened to the lyrics that had given me strength up until this point:

There’s a mountain here before me,

and I’m going to climb it with strength not my own.

He’s gonna lead me or the mountain beats me.

Carry me through. Carry me through.

 

High pCR rate in HPV+ HNSCC with nivolumab/SBRT

MD Edge – April 30

Invited discussant Christine H. Chung, MD, of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, did not appear to share Dr. Leidner’s enthusiasm for the approach, saying that “overall, path CR in already resectable patients with an extremely high cure rate may not be clinically meaningful.”

 

Merkley, Walden take on plague of robocalls

KTVZ – April 30

“In recent months, many consumers, including some patients and their families, have been targeted by robocallers who use ‘spoofed’ numbers identical to the hospitals in an effort to gain sensitive information,” said David Summit, Chief Technology Officer of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. “Even more concerning is that this practice can jeopardize the line of communication between health providers and patients by casting doubt on the integrity of calls coming from the hospital or their care provider.”

 

Republicans and Democrats agree on this: Robocalls are annoying

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – April 30

Robocalls aren’t just an annoyance, said Dave Summitt, chief information security officer for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Fla. His center has been a victim of a common spoofing scam in which caller identification made it appear that fraudulent phone calls were originating within the facility in order to dupe people into answering.

 

A Discussion on Myelodysplastic Syndromes with Dr. Komrokji

OncologyTube – April 30

Description: The risk factors for developing myelodysplatic syndromes (MDS). Rami S. Komrokji, MD, clinical director, Hematologic Malignancies, Moffitt Cancer Center,

 

Salesforce, Xbox execs headline Tampa Bay Tech conference

Tampa Bay Business Journal – April 30

Several CEOs of local companies will be panelists, including A-LIGN, KnowBe4, Hays and Malwarebytes. There will also be staffers from Jabil, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tech Data and Raymond James Financial.

 

Woman rings chemotherapy bell after fighting breast cancer while pregnant

Good Morning America – April 30

It was no surprise then that Purcell, of St. Petersburg, Florida, used all of her strength, and shed some tears, as she rang the bell last week at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa to mark her final chemotherapy treatment.

 

Army mother-of-two who battled cancer while pregnant rings the bell on her last day of chemotherapy

Daily Mail UK – April 29

After 12 rounds, she gave birth and, after another four, she was done with chemotherapy. 

On Thursday, Purcell got to ring the bell at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, before she faces a six-week series of radiation.

 

Expert Claims Couple Can’t Blame Weed Killer for Cancer

Courthouse News Service – April 29      

“Based on her records, the cause of her primary central nervous system lymphoma is unknown,” Bello said.  The defense’s expert witness, who works at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, added that 80 to 90 percent of cases of this type of lymphoma are idiopathic, meaning they arise spontaneously for no apparent reason. 

 

Musician plays for patients at Moffitt Cancer Center

WTVT – April 28

Lloyd Goldstein got serious about playing the bass at the age of 20. He later performed before thousands of people with the Florida Orchestra, but then he decided to perform before much smaller audiences. Those performances took place at Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center.

 

Constant Stress Can Cause and Worsen Cancer

People Herald Today – April 28

 Studies recommend a few different ways that pressure may impact the growth of cancer, explained Shelley Tworoger, a partner teacher of populace science at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

 

Can Chronic Stress Cause or Worsen Cancer? Here's What the Evidence Shows

LiveScience – April 28

Studies suggest several ways that stress may influence cancer development, said Shelley Tworoger, an associate professor of population science at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Tworoger spoke about these links during a talk earlier this month at the annual American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Atlanta

 

Gulf Breeze man to undergo drastic surgery to ward off pancreatic cancer

Pensacola News Journal – April 28

On June 7 at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Janousek will undergo a total pancreatectomy, an operation where surgeons will remove his pancreas, bile duct, spleen, gall bladder and portions of his stomach and small intestine.

 

Dr. Kim on the Potential of Ramucirumab in Advanced HCC

OncLive – April 26                                                                  

Richard Kim, MD, assistant professor of oncology, University of South Florida College of Medicine, medical oncologist, Department of Gastrointestinal Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses the potential of ramucirumab (Cyramza) in the treatment of patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma.

 

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