Moffitt women's cancer awareness luncheon held in Sarasota

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SARASOTA - Moffitt Cancer Center held its Sarasota Women's Cancer Awareness Luncheon last week. About 350 supporters packed the Ritz Carlton ballroom hearing from a panel of experts on the advances in women's cancer treatment and research.

Last year, Moffitt returned $55 million in total community benefit, including services for patients who can't afford care, along with screenings and education events.

Doctors and patients add that it's a great resource for anyone in the state of Florida. “At Moffitt you’re getting the latest treatments. Because of the research that we do, participating primarily in clinical trials, we are developing the standard of care that you're going to be able to get in local community hospitals,” said Tom Sellers of Moffitt.

“In addition to the chair of the event, I'm also a Moffitt patient and a Moffitt cancer survivor. So it’s just an incredible honor to be here today, and we’ve raised so much money for women’s cancer research, and all the proceeds from today’s event goes directly to women's cancer research,” said event chair Christine Sandrib.

Patients on the Suncoast are now able to benefit from a closer Moffitt Cancer Center facility located at International Plaza, offering the same world-class care.