University of Kentucky study shows lower lung cancer rates in cities with tougher smoke-free laws

A recent study by University of Kentucky BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Healthy Environments) researchers shows that fewer new cases of lung cancer were found in communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws. The study, “Lung Cancer Incidence and the Strength of Municipal Smoke-free Ordinances” was published in Cancer, an American Cancer Society journal dedicated...

UK researchers seek to identify ways to relieve cases of post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment

By Gail Hairston and Allison Perry Special to KyForward Of the 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, a significant number experience a serious side effect called chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment (CICI). While easily recognized, little is known about the etiology of this condition, also known informally as “chemo brain.” CICI can significantly reduce patients’ quality of...

KEHA celebrating 40 years of support for UK ovarian cancer research program

A fundraising effort that began with an impassioned plea from one Extension Homemaker to her peers has positively impacted Kentucky women and the University of Kentucky for the past 40 years. The late Virginia McCandless, a Barren County Extension Homemaker, and Dr. John van Nagell with the UK Markey Cancer Center started the ovarian cancer research fundraising effort in 1977. At the time, McCandless...

UK-authored study confirms pelvic radiation as standard of care for early stage endometrial cancer

By Liz Gardner Special to KyForward In a new phase III trial report from the National Clinical Trial Network group, NRG Oncology, recurrence-free and overall survival rates for women with stage I-II high-risk endometrial cancer were not superior following vaginal cuff brachytherapy plus chemotherapy when compared with pelvic radiation therapy. University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center radiation...

Physicians at UK Markey Center first to perform unique procedure to treat ovarian cancer

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Physicians at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center are the first to perform a unique procedure to treat a rare and persistent type of ovarian cancer. Surgical oncologist Dr. Lauren Baldwin and radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock collaborated on the procedure, which involved resecting the tumor and installing a special internal radiation device...

With cancer in the rearview mirror, it’s back to school time once again for Versailles teacher Erika Carter

By Samantha Almeida Special to KyForward Dealing with a classroom full of rowdy second-graders can be taxing on even the most patient, energetic individual. But for 42-year-old Versailles schoolteacher Erika Carter, her real challenges have happened outside the classroom. In the summer of 2015, she visited her doctor for her regular yearly checkup and bloodwork, which yielded some bad news: an anomaly...

New UK Markey Cancer Center study shows ‘killer peptide’ helps eliminate some cancer cells

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward A new study by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers shows that when therapy-sensitive cancer cells die, they release a “killer peptide” that can eliminate therapy-resistant cells. Tumor relapse is a common problem following cancer treatment, because primary tumor cells often contain therapy-resistance cancer cells that continue to...

Owensboro Health becomes latest to join UK Markey Cancer Center Research Network

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Owensboro Health has joined the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network (MCCRN). With this new relationship, patients in Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana will have easier access to innovative clinical research studies. Areas of research will include epidemiology, prevention and early detection of cancer. Markey Cancer Center is a National...

The Good and Bad of Fats: Here are some home cooking oils you should avoid, others you should try

By Siddhi Shroff Special to KyForward While eating too much fat can lead to weight gain and associated health problems, a moderate amount of fat is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Adding a little fat to your food — such as cooking oil — can help fill you up, become the body’s source of energy once carbohydrates are used up, and helps with absorption of several fat-soluble vitamins. Recently,...

Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg joins UK Markey Cancer Center network

Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. announces a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. By becoming a UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network member, Highlands Regional Medical Center will now be able to offer more patients in Eastern Kentucky access to additional specialty...

Not just for pain relief and fever anymore, regular use of aspirin could reduce your risk for cancer

By Jill Koselar Special to KyForward Most of us have likely taken aspirin at some point in our lives for a common minor ailment like headaches, fever or muscle cramps. Research has also shown this drug to be an effective part of treatment for heart attacks and strokes. But more recent research on aspirin suggests it may be beneficial in yet another way — by reducing the risk of developing and dying...

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital joins 17-member UK Markey Cancer Center affiliate network

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) in Somerset, Kentucky, has announced a new affiliation with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. “As we work toward fulfilling our mission of ‘Making Communities Healthier,’ it is clear to me that the relationship between Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and...

University of Kentucky awarded $11.2 million grant to launch new Center for Cancer and Metabolism

The University of Kentucky was recently awarded a prestigious Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant to study the metabolism of cancer from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The $11.2 million grant, announced by school officials Monday, will fund UK’s Center for Cancer and Metabolism over the next five years. Kentucky...

Still Going: After 30 years, Markey’s van Nagell and the legacy of the ovarian cancer screening program

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward As a native of Oldham County, the University of Kentucky has always been close to Dr. John van Nagell’s heart. To begin his medical career, van Nagell went Northeast to earn an undergraduate degree at Harvard University and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, but says he was always looking to come back to Kentucky. “I always wanted...

Colorectal Cancer: Life-threatening disease is easy to detect and 90 percent treatable

By Dr. Jitesh Patel Special to KyForward Colorectal is the third most common cancer in the U.S. In Kentucky, the health problem is particularly bad: our state ranks first in the nation for colorectal cancer incidence and 7th in deaths, with more than 2,500 new cases and more than 800 deaths from this largely preventable disease each year. What is colorectal cancer? The disease originates when healthy...

UK study unveils novel link between cell polarity and cancer-associated inflamation

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward A new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer researchers and published in the Journal of Cell Science establishes a novel link between cell polarity and cancer-associated inflammation. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are reactive molecules and free radicals derived from molecular oxygen, and they are part of the immune system’s “killing response”...

American Cancer Society honors UK’s Mullett with Lane Adams Quality of Life Award

The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently honored University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center surgeon Dr. Timothy W. Mullett with the Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award. He was one of six recipients chosen for the national honor for his leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently honored University of Kentucky Markey...

Guinness Book of World Records representative to be at Rupp Saturday looking for new loudness mark

Under the spotlight of arguably the best nonconference college basketball game of the 2016-17 season, a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance at Saturday’s Kentucky men’s basketball game vs. Kansas to gauge if the Big Blue Nation can set a new record for loudest indoor crowd cheer. UK Athletics and UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center are joining forces...

Cervical cancer is preventable, but still the leading cancer found in Kentucky

By Dr. Rachel Miller Special to KyForward At the beginning of the year, many women (and men) set resolutions around health and fitness, often focusing on weight loss. But one of the most important habits women can form revolves around regular health checks, particularly for preventable cancers. January is cervical cancer awareness month. Unfortunately, Kentucky ranks in the top 10 in the country for...

Treatment took his sense of taste, but life is now sweeter for UK Markey Cancer Center patient

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward It wasn’t until he could no longer open his mouth to take a bite of a cheeseburger that Winchester resident Barry Warner knew something was seriously wrong. In fall 2009, Warner had just returned from a golf trip where he’d begun experiencing some mildly annoying symptoms: a little discomfort while eating; a reduced appetite. But he pushed on, assuming...