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Moffitt, Shands to fight cancer together

Associated Press
Published January 24, 2008


GAINESVILLE

Moffitt Cancer Center, Shands HealthCare and the University of Florida announced Wednesday they will work together to develop world-class programs in cancer care, research and prevention.

UF and Shands cancer patients could get better access to large-scale clinical trials and therapies as a result of the partnership. Working with the National Cancer Institute, Moffitt will seek to integrate the UF and Shands cancer program into its comprehensive center designation, held by only 39 cancer centers nationwide.

As part of the deal, Moffitt's Total Cancer Care model will be integrated into the cancer program at Shands at UF and the academic medical center in Gainesville.

UF opened its Cancer-Genetics Research Center about 18 months ago and Shands is preparing for the completion of the $388-million, 500,000-square-foot cancer hospital in 2009.

TALLAHASSEE

Tougher gang leader penalties proposed

Florida lawmakers want to step up the fight against gang crime with legislation that would impose tougher penalties on gang leaders.

Attorney General Bill McCollum joined Senate and House leaders on Wednesday to announce the legislation, which has been filed in both chambers. The new law would make running a gang a first-degree felony, punishable by life in prison. It also would strengthen witness tampering laws and add new offenses to racketeering laws.