TAMPA, Fla. (July 10, 2014) – Moffitt Cancer Center Thoracic Oncology Department Chair Scott Antonia, M.D., Ph.D., received an Infrastructure Grant Florida’s James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program.
The grant titled “Expansion of Enduring Infrastructure to Support Lung Cancer Screening Research” will help fund Moffitt’s comprehensive lung screening program. Earlier this year the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force approved guidelines recommending low-dose CT scans annually for older smokers. The grant will provide funding in the amount of $1,600,000 over a three-year period.
The award will be carried out under the direction of a Community Advisory Committee and 10 Moffitt staff members. Research will focus on radiomics, proteogenomics, epidemiology and smoking cessation. It will also help to provide a more comprehensive blood and plasma data bank for future research.
Moffitt offers a comprehensive lung cancer screening program, which includes assessment of lung CT scans by a team of multispecialty medical experts. To schedule a CT screening, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488) or visit MOFFITT.org/lungscreening. Insurance coverage for screenings varies. For plans that do not cover the screening, the scan will cost $150
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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 MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.