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‘I Thought It Was a Miracle’ – Clinical trial using Bexion BXQ-350 works wonders for Markey patient

By Allison Perry University of Kentucky Despite the leaps and advances made in cancer treatments over the past few decades, sometimes patients still discover that they’ve exhausted all other available options. Tollesboro resident Jenn Highfield was far younger than most when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. With a strong family history of the disease – her father had been diagnosed with colon...

A special type of ovarian cancer screening, free at six Ky. sites, can reverse the odds of the deadly disease

State legislators joined University of Kentucky officials to promote ovarian cancer screening. (UK photo) Ovarian cancer is deadly sneaky. When detected early, it is often curable, but most women who have it don’t have any symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage, when survival is unlikely. Screening and early detection are critical to saving lives. As part of National Ovarian Cancer...

Six Kentucky hospitals named among nation’s ‘Best Regional Hospitals’ by U.S. News & World Report

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Six Kentucky hospitals have been named among the nation’s “Best Regional Hospitals” in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report magazine. They are, in order, the University of Kentucky hospital, St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood-Covington Hospitals, and in a tie for third, Baptist Health Lexington, Baptist Health Louisville, Norton...

Marylou Whitney, philanthropist and Thoroughbred breeder, dies at age 93 at her home in Saratoga

Staff report Marylou Whitney, legendary philanthropist and thoroughbred owner/breeder, died July 19 at her Cady Hill home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the New York Racing Association announced. No further details were provided. She was 93. She owned a horse farm in Lexington. Marylou Whitney in the paddock at Churchill Downs. (Photo by Anne M. Eberhardt) She carried on the legacy of one of Thoroughbred...

Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion for Kentucky healthcare justice, healthy communities, dies in South Carolina

Staff report Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion of health and well-being in Kentucky, has died in South Carolina, the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation announced. There will be a memorial event in Charleston later in October or early in November, the family said. Condolence cards can be sent to his wife, Jan Friedell, at the following address: 7 Harlston Place, Charleston, S.C. 29401.   For...

UK Markey Center doctor talks about pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer that killed Aretha Franklin

This week, the world lost one of the greatest singers of all time, Aretha Franklin. She passed away after a battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer at her home in Detroit on Thursday surrounded by family and friends. The ‘Queen of Soul’ was 76. In the wake of her passing, there are questions about the type of cancer she had and what treatment options are available. From Wikipedia Pancreatic...

UK’s Markey Cancer Center earns renewal of prestigious National Cancer Institute designation

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced today that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) renewed its national cancer center designation for the next five years. The UK Markey Cancer Center remains one of only 70 NCI-designated centers in the country and the only one in Kentucky.   “UK was founded for the people of Kentucky, and still today, they turn to us. Five years ago, we stood...

New year, new goals for University of Kentucky graduate student and two-time cancer survivor

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Meg Gravil has a few major goals for 2018. She wants to continue to build her level of fitness; she plans to finish her dissertation by the end of the year. But perhaps most importantly, Gravil wants to remain cancer-free. As a University of Kentucky College of Education graduate student studying interdisciplinary early childhood education, Gravil finished her...

Sanders-Brown Markesbery Symposium focuses on why some people don’t get Alzheimer’s or dementia

By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward Why do some people stay intellectually sharp into their 90s, while others have memory problems? Is there anything we can learn from their lifestyles that can help everyone age successfully? These are among topics scheduled for the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging’s Markesbery Symposium on Nov. 3-4. Keynote speakers...

UK College of Nursing’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist training program receives accreditation

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s BREATHE Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training program received accreditation from the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) recently. The program is one of 18 accredited training programs for tobacco treatment internationally. The BREATHE TTS training was developed as a collaborative effort by UK and community partners interested...

Eli Capilouto: Research one of the major factors helping to drive Kentucky’s economy

At the University of Kentucky, we strive to be at the intersection of innovation and impact. We are called, as a $3.7 billion academic, research and health enterprise, to answer still lingering questions while daring to pioneer the questions yet asked. This discovery helps drive Kentucky’s economy. Our rare mix of top ranked programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy positions UK...

Genetic counseling often a key to determining risk for hereditary cancers — get to know your family

By Justine Cooper Special to KyForward Knowing your family history is a key part in understanding your risk factors for certain diseases. While you’re gathering with family this Thanksgiving, get to know more about your family’s health history and how it could impact your personal health. Genetic counseling involves interpreting family histories and educating patients about inheritance, testing...

Proposed UK clinical trial could change the game for deadly type of breast cancer

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Oncologist Dr. Edward Romond spent his career at UK treating and studying breast cancer, even leading major Phase 3 clinical trials on the breast cancer drug trastuzumab in the early 2000s. Commonly known as Herceptin, this drug became a standard of care for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Though he retired...

Getting people screened still most critical part of puzzle in Appalachia’s battle against cancer

Leaders of the National Institutes of Health spent several days last week in Hazard with Fifth District U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers and local health leaders to examine efforts to combat high rates of cancer and substance abuse in Appalachian Kentucky. “Cancer rates in the region have been something we have been battling for many years and in more recent years this region has become...

Pet Therapy Program brings man’s best friend to patients at UK HealthCare

By Olivia McCoy and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward The Pet Therapy Program run through the Volunteer Office at UK HealthCare gives volunteers the chance to let man’s best friend brighten the days of people who need it most. Developed in the past few years, the program has volunteers and pets that visit patients in the Markey Cancer Center and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Kathryn Allen and...

Commentary: What you need to know about bladder cancer, treatment

By Dr. Andrew James Special to KyForward Bladder cancer accounts for 5 percent of all new cancer diagnoses in the U.S. with nearly 77,000 new cases annually; 1,100 people died of bladder cancer in Kentucky between 2010 and 2014. The bladder is composed of an inner lining called the urothelium and an outer muscle that contracts to empty urine. Cancer cells that grow into tumors normally start within...

UK Markey Cancer Center launching new undergraduate training program with $200,000 grant

By Kimberly Carmony Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has received nearly $200,000 in funding for a new two-year training program designed to prepare UK undergraduate students from Appalachian Kentucky to pursue cancer-focused careers. Administrators of the program are now recruiting applicants. Led by Markey Director Dr. Mark Evers and Markey Assistant Director...

Creative exhibit ‘Expressions of Courage’ set for Markey Cancer Center Friday

Hundreds of patients, friends and family of patients, and University of Kentucky faculty and staff will gather in the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center courtyard Friday to participate in “Expressions of Courage,” a creative exhibit celebrating the work of those who have been affected by cancer. This year’s event will feature the creative work of more than 40 participants. Exhibits...

Kentucky by Heart: Locating U.S. Air Force Academy in Nicholasville could have been real game-changer

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist It sounds truly impressive: The United States Air Force Academy, Nicholasville, Kentucky. “Off we go, into the wild blue yonder…” The city named is, of course, incorrect; the institution is actually at Colorado Springs, CO. But according to reports and a story from Byron Crawford in the Courier-Journal in 1987, a Jessamine County site near the Kentucky River,...

Survive the Night, Roll for the Cure team for bike relay to benefit Markey Cancer Center

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Taking your bike for a ride could help save lives. UK HealthCare and the Lexington Cancer Foundation are teaming up to present the Survive the Night Triathlon and the Roll for the Cure on June 17-18. All proceeds from these events will benefit the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, providing funding for patient care, research and more. Participants will...