TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 1, 2012) — Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of death in women behind lung cancer. A woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing invasive breast cancer.
Moffitt Cancer Center has experts in the Center for Women’s Oncology specializing in breast radiology, pathology, surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology. The Moffitt Cancer Center at International Plaza satellite location offers access to its high-quality services and exceptional patient care in a smaller facility at 4101 Jim Walter Blvd. A full-service breast clinic offers screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI. Moffitt is the first academic center in the United States to offer MicroDose, a mammography technology that identifies cancer with half the radiation dose of a regular mammogram. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488).
Health Disparities in Black Women
Clinical geneticist Tuya Pal, M.D., and behavioral scientist Susan Vadaparampil, Ph.D., M.P.H., are conducting a statewide study offering young black women genetic counseling and testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. More than 200 women have been recruited in the past two years. Their genetic testing strategy was able to identify an additional BRCA mutation that had previously gone undetected. Black women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at age 50 or younger from 2009-12 in Florida are eligible to participate. Call 813-746-6649 or email GeneticsResearch@moffitt.org.
The Breast Cancer Genetics Research and Education for African-American Women Team, or B-GREAT, initiative involves outreach and education focused on inherited breast cancer in black women. More than 10,000 B-GREAT brochures focused on increasing awareness of this topic have been disseminated across Florida and beyond. This was funded in part by a grant through the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.
Inherited Cancer Registry for BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations
Nearly 700 people with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations have enrolled in ICARE, a registry-based research study focused on improving the lives of patients and families at risk for inherited cancer susceptibility. The registry is made up of individuals at high risk for developing hereditary cancer. Every six months, participants receive updates with opportunities to contribute to national and international collaborations on hereditary cancer. To join ICARE, call 813-745-6446 or email ICARE@moffitt.org.
Vadaparampil and Pal have also conducted a statewide survey of providers of BRCA testing services. Results suggest that knowledge among these providers is higher than prior published reports, and practice patterns appear to be positively influenced by cancer genetics training. Areas for targeted education were identified where additional training may avoid inappropriate testing/screening and optimize management of high-risk women.
Nutrition and Cancer: Treating “Chemo Brain” in Breast Cancer Survivors
Cancer survivors are at risk for developing psychological and physiological effects of cancer treatment that can compromise their quality of life and ultimately lead to premature disease or death. “Chemo brain,” a cognitive impairment or a mental fog where patients report memory and concentration problems, is a common adverse effect reported by cancer patients after treatment.
Nagi Kumar, Ph.D., R.D., F.A.D.A., and her research team have early evidence to show that supplementing with plant-based substances and Omega-3 fatty acids may reverse cognitive impairment and improve cognitive functioning safely. Kumar is studying whether intervention with structured cognitive training and COGNUTRIN, nutritional supplements with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, will improve cognitive health and quality of life for cancer survivors. Kumar will launch a clinical trial using COGNUTRIN to evaluate if this intervention will be able to improve symptoms and reverse chemo brain in breast cancer patients and survivors. This pilot project is recruiting 50 breast cancer survivors. The ultimate goal is to provide interventions that can alleviate or lessen these effects of cancer treatment and improve the lives of cancer survivors. For information, call 813-745-6046 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hatem Soliman, M.D., focuses on ways to incorporate immunotherapy strategies in the treatment of early and advanced stage breast cancer. He is researching mechanisms breast cancer cells use to shut down antitumor immune responses and ways to target these mechanisms. The goal is to provide supporting data for new clinical trials in high-risk breast cancer patients using immune-stimulating agents along with vaccines and chemotherapy to better eradicate the disease.
Soliman is the principal investigator of three clinical trials using immunotherapy approaches to treat breast cancer patients. Two trials are for advanced-stage breast cancer. One gives what is known as a dendritic cell vaccine educated against a commonly mutated protein known as p53 in combination with an immunomodulatory drug called 1-MT. The goal of this therapy is to see if the vaccine can shrink tumors and also enhance the response rate to subsequent lines of chemotherapy. Another trial combines 1-MT with the chemotherapy drug docetaxel. The idea is 1-MT enhances the antitumor effect of docetaxel without adding significant toxicity. A final trial involves a vaccine called NeuVax that is given to earlier-stage lymph node-positive breast cancer patients after they have completed all of their standard treatments. The goal of this study is to reduce the risk of recurrence by immunizing the body against the HER2 protein and allow the immune system to eradicate any residual disease.
Male Breast Cancer
Although less than 1 percent of breast cancers affect men, Dr. John Kiluk treats a significant number of men with the disease.
Moffitt is using the INTRABEAM® system, a radiation platform designed to replace as many as six-and-a-half weeks of routine radiation therapy with a single 20- to 30-minute targeted radiation treatment. This system delivers intraoperative radiation treatment directly to the tumor site after surgery and has been shown to be as effective as traditional radiation for certain women with early breast cancer. Candidates eligible for the INTRABEAM® single-dose treatments include patients with a small tumor size, negative excision margins, negative lymph nodes and those who are postmenopausal age.
Panera Goes Pink
Panera Bread is celebrating the 11th Anniversary of its Pink Ribbon Bagel. During October, stop by your local Panera to buy Pink Ribbon Bagels to support Moffitt. A portion of the proceeds will help fund vital breast health education provided to the community by the Moffitt Program for Outreach Wellness Education & Resources. The kickoff is Oct. 5, when 100 percent of proceeds from Pink Ribbon Bagels sold at participating Panera Bread bakery-cafés will benefit Moffitt. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders will appear at the USF (11860 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.), Westshore (112 West Shore Blvd.) and Clearwater Mall (2679 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater) locations Oct. 5. The University of South Florida SunDolls will appear at the USF Panera from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5. A bagel pack (13 Pink Ribbon Bagels with two tubs of cream cheese) is $14.99, and a baker’s dozen (13 Pink Ribbon Bagels) is $10.99. Visit www.panera-tampa.com and www.panerabread.com to find participating locations.
BJ’s Pink Picnic
BJ’s Wholesale Club at 7651 W. Waters Ave. will host a free Pink Picnic for the community featuring a Moffitt breast cancer survivor, Dr. Blaise Mooney in Diagnostic Radiology and Tampa Bay Times health reporter Irene Maher. The event, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5, will include complimentary lunch, gifts and information on BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s support of breast cancer research and treatment. BJ’s will unveil special merchandise marked with a “Pink Ribbon” from brands that will make a donation to BJ’s Charitable Foundation. The donations will then be distributed to National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Centers including Moffitt. To register or for more information, visit www.bjsforpink.com.
Yo me cuido Breast Cancer Workshops
Moffitt will offer several free Yo me cuido workshops — in Spanish only — that will focus on breast cancer, from early detection to screening recommendations. For information, call 813-745-4972. The programs will be offered at:
- 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Tabernáculo de Adoración, 4402 N. Church Ave.
- 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the East Library, Clearwater Public Libraries, 2251 Drew St., Room A, Clearwater
- 6 p.m. Oct. 10 at Town ’N Country Regional Public Library, 7606 Paula Drive, Suite 120, Meeting Room
- 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Iglesia del Nazareno Lugar de Restauración, 109 April Lane
- 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Johnny and Freda Brooks Eloise Resource Center, 710 Snively Ave., Eloise
- 9 a.m. Oct. 20 at Iglesia Pentecostal M.I., 14214 N. Nebraska Ave.
- 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Iglesia Misionera de Tampa, 10651 Anderson Road
Day of Beauty
Moffitt is partnering with Remington College to host a Day of Beauty for Moffitt cancer survivors. Patients will receive free hairstyling, haircuts, manicures and makeup applications from Remington College students. The Day of Beauty is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Remington College, 6302 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 400. To register, call Venessa Rivera Colon at 813-745-4306.
Spike & Splash for the Cause
Academy of the Holy Names’ and Jesuit High School of Tampa’s swim and volleyball teams will host the Spike & Splash for the Cause in honor of Mara Toole Schultz and those affected by breast cancer. The student-driven volleyball game and swim meet fundraiser is 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Academy’s gymnasium and aquatics center, 3319 Bayshore Blvd. For tickets, email Kevin Vargas at KVargas@holynamestpa.org. Last year’s event raised more than $7,800 for Moffitt.
Crack Up Cancer
Crack Up Cancer — featuring comedians Catherine Maloney, Mike Rivera and Tim Pulnik — will benefit cancer research at Moffitt and All Children’s Hospital through Cure on Wheels. The comedy benefit is Oct. 10 at the Improv, 1600 E. Eighth Ave., C-112, Ybor. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 Oct. 10. Purchase tickets online, or email email@example.com.
Latinos y el cáncer
Moffitt will host the Latinos y el cáncer Educational Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 13. The free event, conducted entirely in Spanish, will take place in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Drive. Moffitt experts will discuss cancer prevention, screening, early detection, health disparities and community outreach. Complimentary lunch and parking will be provided. To register, call 813-745-8701 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
During October, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the NFL will support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Bucs will host a breast cancer awareness commemoration at the Oct. 14 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. About 200 Moffitt breast cancer survivors and family members will don pink and attend the game courtesy of the Buccaneers. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1800 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, is hosting a Pink Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14. Physicians, nutritionists and exercise specialists will speak. For more information, call Kitty Walker at 863-326-5523.
Lakeland Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon
Moffitt breast surgeon M. Catherine Lee will discuss a family history of breast cancer Oct. 17 at the Lakeland Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon. Registration is at 11 a.m., lunch is at 11:30 and the program is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Lakeland Yacht & Country Club, 929 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland. The program is $30 per person. RSVP to 863-904-4654.
Key To The Cure
Saks Fifth Avenue, Tampa, will partner with Moffitt to host the 2012 Key To The Cure charity shopping weekend Oct. 18-21. Saks will donate 2 percent of weekend sales to Moffitt. A Key To The Cure Kickoff Party is at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Saks, 258 WestShore Plaza. Moffitt physicians and researchers will escort patients modeling Saks apparel during a fashion show. Limited-edition Carolina Herrera Key To The Cure T-shirts will be available beginning Oct. 1. T-shirts are $35, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to local charity partners. To purchase tickets, visit InsideMoffitt.com/KTTC.
Breast Cancer Update
Moffitt at International Plaza will host a free breast cancer update, “Advances in Screening, Diagnoses and Surgery,” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Drs. Nazanin Khakpour and Blaise Mooney will hold an interactive case discussion as part of a Continuing Medical Education series. Participants will be able to explain the advances in breast cancer screening methods, discuss methods available in breast cancer diagnoses, and discuss surgical options for late-stage breast cancer. USF Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. RSVP to Melissa.Pearson@moffitt.org. Moffitt’s International Plaza location is at 4101 Jim Walter Blvd.
Day of Pampering
Moffitt, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Health and other organizations, will host the 6th annual Day of Pampering, Increasing Women’s Health Awareness Forum. There will be health panel discussions, as well as blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes wellness checkups. The free event is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at University Area Community Development Center, 14013 N. 22nd St. Register by calling 813-307-8015, ext. 3502.
The Pink Party
Blue Martini’s annual Pink Party will support Moffitt. The party, featuring drink specials and live entertainment, is at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd. During October, Blue Martini will donate $1 to Moffitt for every Pink Passion martini sold.
Making Strides against Breast Cancer
The 2012 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Hillsborough County is Oct. 20 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. Registration is at 8 a.m., and the 5K walk begins at 9:30. The American Cancer Society urges you to “put on your pink bra” and honor survivors, as well as raise funds for and awareness of breast cancer. Register here.
Breast Health Awareness Workshops
Moffitt will host breast health awareness workshops to educate the public. Workshops will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Willa Carson Health and Wellness Center, 1108 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater; as well as from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at First Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 20643 Robbins Road, Trilby. Call 813-745-4304.
RL Stage Annual Variety Show
RL Stage will host an Annual Variety Show to benefit Moffitt. Tickets are $15. The show will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. Call Kahlila Lawrence at 813-785-3565 for information.
All Tied Up, A Pink and White Affair
Dr. John Kiluk will discuss new advances in breast cancer at the All Tied Up, A Pink and White Affair Masquerade Ball and Dinner Cruise on Oct. 27 aboard the Yacht StarShip. Guest boarding is at 6:30 p.m. with departure from 603 Channelside Drive at 7. The National Pink Tie Organization is asking men to wear pink ties to support breast cancer patients and survivors. Proceeds will benefit cancer research. Tickets are $75 per person and $120 per couple. RSVP to Rmathis@evisionentertainment.com.
Rolling Out the Pink Carpet
An evening dedicated to breast cancer awareness in the d/Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing and Interpreter Communities. Join us Oct. 27 for a screening of the film “Signing On” followed by a panel discussion of survivors from the Tampa Bay area. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at the USF Marshall Student Center, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. “Signing On” is a documentary about deaf breast cancer survivors. The event is sponsored by Moffitt and Hands on USF.
Beth-El Mission Health Fair
Moffitt will host the Beth-El Mission Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 at Beth-el Mission, 18240 U.S. 301 S., Wimauma. Free blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and Pap checkups will be given. Pre-registration for Pap tests is required. Call Catholic Mobile Medical Services at 813-707-7376. Health exhibitors and vendors will attend.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza Supports Moffitt
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza will donate 10 percent of all dine-in and takeout sales each Tuesday in October to Moffitt. To support the cause, visit Anthony’s locations in Brandon (1912 W. Brandon Blvd.), Clearwater (2532 McMullen Booth Road) and Tampa (13020 N. Dale Mabry Highway and 1901 S. Dale Mabry Highway) each Tuesday in October.
Brighton Collectibles Supports Moffitt
Brighton Collectibles Power of Pink campaign features a 2012 limited-edition bracelet that can be worn with pink-accented links or reversed to wear as an all-silver bracelet. Its dangling heart charm and pink ribbon with touches of light rose Swarovski crystals show support for everyone who has been touched by breast cancer. Brighton will contribute $10 for each $50 bracelet sold from Sept. 28 through Oct. 31 to breast cancer awareness and research organizations. Brighton has donated more than $4.5 million to breast cancer charities since 2003.
FAT bastard Supports Moffitt
For the 10th year, FAT bastard wine will donate 25 cents for every bottle sold in September and October to breast cancer programs. Proceeds raised in Florida will benefit Moffitt. FAT bastard wines will have special breast cancer awareness neckers with an attached pink ribbon pin for consumers to wear in show of their support.
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. Since 1999, Moffitt has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, twitter and YouTube.