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UK gets $11 million grant to decrease cervical cancer in Eastern Ky; focus on smoking, HPV, screenings

The University of Kentucky has been awarded a five-year, $11 million grant to work toward reducing the rates of cervical cancer in Eastern Kentucky, a region that has some of the highest rates of incidence and deaths from it in the nation. The research will address three of the risk factors that contribute to these high rates — smoking, the human papillomavirus (HPV) and low rates of cervical-cancer...

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...

Kentucky Cancer Registry receives $2.6 million contract from National Cancer Institute

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward The Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) has received a $2.6 million contract from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue its participation in the NCI’s Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program. If the NCI exercises all contract options, the contract could be worth up to $31 million over 10 years. Housed within the University of Kentucky’s...

Ashland’s King’s Daughters Medical Center becomes newest affiliate of UK Markey Cancer Center

King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky, has entered into 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, King’s Daughters can offer patients in eastern Kentucky, southern Ohio and West Virginia access to additional...

University of Kentucky’s Career Training in Oncology Program preparing next generation of cancer fighters

By Allison Perry and Alicia Gregory Special to KyForward For Carrigan Wasilchenko – and so many others hailing from Eastern Kentucky – cancer is not just a public health issue. It’s also a problem that hits far too close to home. “I don’t think I know one person who doesn’t know someone who’s been affected by cancer in some way,” said Wasilchenko, whose mother...

Clark Regional Medical Center becomes latest to join UK Markey Cancer Center affiliate network

Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester, Ky. has announced 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, Clark Regional Medical Center will now be able to offer more patients in Central and Eastern Kentucky access to additional specialty...

UK College of Pharmacy part of collaboration of scientists searching for new ways to combat cancer

By Kristie Colon Special to KyForward New findings published in Nature Chemical Biology show promise for finding new solutions to treat lung cancer and other deadly diseases. Kentucky continues to lead the nation in incidence and death rates from lung cancer, and the University of Kentucky is committed to reducing these numbers. According to the National Cancer Institute, cancer is among the leading...

Markey Cancer Center receives funds to improve community education in Eastern Kentucky

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward University of Kentucky researchers Robin Vanderpool and Mark Dignan are leading projects funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities to continue Markey Cancer Center’s community-based efforts aimed at reducing cancer rates in Appalachia. Both programs are funded for three years. Appalachian regions, particularly in...

UK Markey Cancer Center among national group endorsing HPV vaccinations for cancer prevention

In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has joined 68 of the nation’s top cancer centers in issuing a statement urging for increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer. The 100 percent consensus among the nation’s 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers demonstrates that...