Moffitt Cancer Center Hosts Free Lunch Program on Blood Cancers

April 23, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (April 23, 2014)Moffitt Cancer Center will offer the sixth in a series of free cancer education lunch programs called “De Moffitt a Puerto Rico: Charlas sobre cáncer” at 11:30 a.m. May 23. This program, presented in Spanish, will focus on the latest advances in early detection and treatments for blood cancers. The event will be held at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, 1309 Ashford Ave., San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Blood cancers are diseases that can affect the normal production and functions of blood cells, bone marrow or lymph nodes. Cancers of the blood or blood forming tissues include leukemia, multiple myeloma, and lymphomas.  In the United States, one person is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer approximately every four minutes, accounting for nearly 150,000 combined new cases of these diseases every year. 


At this free event, guests will have the opportunity to ask questions and talk one-on-one with a top expert in the field of hematology research and treatment from Moffitt – the only Florida-based Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Eduardo Sotomayor, M.D., chair of the Malignant Hematology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, will share an update on screenings, treatments, and new advances in research for blood cancers, as well as answer questions. The Puerto Rico Advisory Council for Moffitt Cancer Centeris hosting the program.

The event is sponsored in part by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, supported through grants from Celgene Corporation,Genentech and Biogen Idec, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, Pharmacyclics/Janssen and Teva Pharmaceuticals.

Lunch will be provided. Parking and door prizes are included. To register, please call 1-800-456-3434, ext. 8550, or email indicating your full name and phone number, as well as the number of attendees.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.