May 1, 2020

May 01, 2020

Tampa nurse holds the hands of COVID-19 patients as they take their last breaths

WTSP – April 30

Churchill said within five days she took a leave of absence from her job at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and moved to Brooklyn to work at Kings County Hospital treating the most critical coronavirus patients.

Elective Surgeries Can Resume

Bay News 9 – April 30

Moffitt Cancer Surgeon Dr. Philippe Spiess said it was tough to tell patients they had to wait.

John Cleveland named new Center Director at Moffitt Cancer Center

Florida Politics – April 30

Moffitt Cancer Center is naming John Cleveland its new Center Director and Executive Vice President after a series of abrupt resignations at the center last year.

Customized Immunotherapy Shows Promise for Lung Cancer

Cancer Health - April 30

Ben Creelan, MD, of Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, presented findings from a Phase I study of customized TIL therapy for people with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer.

New Pasco school boundaries, property purchases up for board review

Tampa Bay Times - April 30

Is the lockdown an overreaction? Uproar over epidemiologist John Ioannidis’ study minimizing coronavirus risks

Genetic Literacy Project –April 30

Travis Gerke, an epidemiologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center and a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said that he read Ioannidis’ work while a graduate student. 

Group of volunteers creates masks to donate. You can also join and you don't have to know how to sew

Orlando Sentinel – April 30

When Viviam Sifontes received an email from the Moffitt Cancer Center hospital requesting homemade mouthguards to provide the public and hospital employees who do not deal directly with patients, her response was prompt and in conjunction with her mom, Olivia Sifontes began to do masks.

Gilead, Takeda Rumored to Have Sights on Iovance

Guru Focus – April 30

Iovance’s highly anticipated tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) was effective in treating a type of lung cancer in a study being conducted at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, according to an article in FierceBiotech.

Pleural Mesothelioma Survivor Thriving in Moffitt Clinical Trial – April 29

Fiala is a 75-year-old mesothelioma survivor who still celebrates life every day, inspiring others after finding a promising clinical trial at the Moffitt Cancer Center in nearby Tampa.

Moffitt Cancer Center Appoints John Cleveland as New Center Director

Newswise – April 29

John Cleveland, Ph.D., has been named center director and executive vice president of Moffitt Cancer Center, one of 51 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country and the only one based in Florida.

The Top 10 best healthcare cities in the US and how to get hired there now

The Ladders – April 29

Tampa has a total of 23 hospitals, including the century-old Tampa General Hospital at the tip of the Davis Islands and Moffitt Cancer Center, the only comprehensive cancer center based in Florida, which was rated among the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Telemedicine key to US health care even after pandemic ends

Roll Call – April 30

The Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, has seen a 5,000 percent increase in virtual visits in the past few weeks, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center also has seen telehealth encounters increase from approximately 200 in early March to more than 7,500 in early April, a roughly 35-fold increase in just over 30 days. 

COVID-19 Pandemic Underscores Disparities in US Health Care System

Drug Topics – April 29

In a separate interview with Drug Topics®, B. Lee Green, vice president of diversity and strategic communications at Moffitt Cancer Center, agreed that the current pandemic has exposed the holes in the US health care system.

TIL Therapy Elicits Encouraging Activity in Advanced NSCLC

OncLive – April 28

“Despite progression on nivolumab, we did see a decrease in tumor size for many patients, and the ORR was in around one-quarter of patients, and perhaps in a one-third of patients if our unconfirmed PR is confirmed,” said Creelan, of the Thoracic Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Those on the Front Lines of Cancer

PBS – April 28

“I’m Dr. Vernon Sondak. I'm the chair of the Department of Cutaneous Oncology and a cancer surgeon here at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

3D Printing Labs Shift Gears To Join Covid-19 Fight

Medical Buyer – April 28

As of now, TGH has 17,000 swabs, Moffitt Cancer Center has 4,500 swabs, and USF Health has 3,000 swabs. 

Local Leader Paves the Way While Championing Diversity and Leadership for Women of Color – Celebrating Black Women’s History Month with Cathy Grant, Moffitt Cancer Center’s Senior Director of Diversity

Globe Newswire – April 28

Cathy Grant serves as Senior Director of Moffitt Cancer Center’s Diversity team and has led the diversity and inclusion efforts for the nationally recognized institute since 2006.

Moffitt gets a boost from ‘friends’

Laker/Lutz News – April 29

Breast Friends Forever hosted ‘Pink Heals Hits the Links,’ a golfing fundraiser, at The Groves Golf and Country Club. With the support of sponsors and the community, $23,000 was raised for Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry makes face shields for Moffitt Cancer Center

WFTS – April 27

MOSI is donating face shields for free to Moffitt Cancer Center.

5 Year Old Beats Cancer

WFLA – April 27

Such a symbolic and wonderful sound and also the sound of hope the ringing of the bell at Moffitt Cancer Center, where a 5 year-old is now cancer free.

#AACR20: Iovance revels in promising lung cancer data out of Moffitt as TIL therapy triggers 2 complete responses

Endpoints News – April 27

At the American Association for Cancer Research, researchers from Moffitt Cancer Center are presenting early data suggesting that tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes can do the trick for non-small cell lung cancer. Also available on

Stat: Custom Cell Therapy Shrinks Lung Tumors In Advanced Cancer Cases 

Kaiser Health News – April 27

Tumors shrank in one quarter of patients with advanced lung cancer who received a bespoke cell therapy made by doctors at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Custom cell therapy shrinks lung tumors, seeding hope for a new cancer treatment

Stat – April 27

Tumors shrank in one quarter of patients with advanced lung cancer who received a bespoke cell therapy made by doctors at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla. 

On-off dosing of cancer drugs does not help melanoma patients

Science Magazine - April 27

Algazi's last explanation makes sense to radiologist Robert Gatenby of Moffitt Cancer Center.

On Covid-19, a Respected Science Watchdog Raises Eyebrows

Undark  - April 26

Travis Gerke, an epidemiologist at the Moffitt Cancer Center and a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said that he read Ioannidis’ work while a graduate student.

Moffitt Cancer Center launches two COVID-19 research studies

Suncoast News Network – April 24

Although Moffitt Cancer Center's mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer, they’re taking on the fight against COVID-19 as well

33 lobbyists register to represent nine principals from zip code 33612 during 2019

Florida Business Daily – April 25

The principals from zip code 33612 that retained the most lobbyists during the year were Moffitt Cancer Center, Northside Mental Health Center and Charter School Leaders-FL, Inc.

On the Scene: Moffitt’s Business of Biotech takes the checkered flag

Tampa Bay Business and Wealth – April 24

Artificial intelligence, cell therapy manufacturing, venture capitalists and immunotherapy were the main topics of discussion at Moffitt Cancer Center’s 14th annual Business of Biotech Conference: Setting the Pace in the Cancer Race.

Local Research into Antibody Testing

WFTS – April 24

Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center hope their work with antibodies can help predict the future of covid-19.

Progression on Frontline Ibrutinib in CLL

OncLive – April 24

Panelists: Nicole Lamanna, MD, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University; Farrukh Awan, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Jan Burger, MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Richard R. Furman, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Center; Javier A. Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center


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