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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...

UK Chandler Hospital named one of nation’s top 100 for oncology by Becker’s Review

The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is one of the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” in Becker’s Hospital Review magazine’s recently released compilation of leading cancer care providers in the United States. The UK Markey Cancer Center, whose clinical programs are integrated with UK Chandler Hospital, received a National Cancer...

People in the News: Spalding named first woman president of Christian Care; Bastin joins airport board

Christian Care Communities Board of Directors today announced the selection and appointment of Mary Lynn Spalding as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 16. Spalding becomes the first woman to be named President of Christian Care Communities, Kentucky’s largest faith inspired non-profit providing senior living, home health and dementia support services. May...

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...

Kentucky making progress at reducing colorectal cancer cases, mortality rates through screenings

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Fifteen years ago, Kentucky was ranked first in the nation for both the highest incidence and mortality rates for colorectal cancer. These statistics are made more dire by the fact that colorectal cancer is largely a preventable disease, thanks to regular colorectal screenings. However, at that time, Kentucky was also ranked next-to-last in the country for colorectal...

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...

Hardin Memorial Health joins forces with UK Markey Cancer Center Research Network

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward Hardin Memorial Health has joined the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Research Network, allowing patients across Central Kentucky to participate in clinical trials in Elizabethtown, officials announced Friday. Physicians and other leaders from HMH and the UK Markey Cancer Center – Kentucky’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated center...

Twice a breast cancer survivor, Cathy Bell
is loving life, helping others learn to cope

Cathy Bell was diagnosed with breast cancer first in 1994 and again in 2013. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   In 1994, Cathy Bell of Lexington was diagnosed with breast cancer – for the first time.   Because she had a family history of the disease (her grandmother fought breast cancer), she began having mammograms at an earlier age than most. And during...

Oncologist competing in triathlon in effort
to provide better care to patients he treats

Dr. Jonathan Feddock is an accomplished triathlete. He is using his athletic talents to raise funds to help his cancer patients. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   The Louisville Ironman – a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run – is a competition that would test even the toughest of wills.  ...

Oncologist competing in triathlon in effort to provide better care to patients he treats

Dr. Jonathan Feddock is an accomplished triathlete. He is using his athletic talents to raise funds to help his cancer patients. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   The Louisville Ironman – a triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim in the Ohio River, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run – is a competition that would test even the toughest of wills.   But...

Japanese ‘touch therapy’ – Jin Shin Jyutsu – helps Markey cancer patients find calm place

Jin Shin Jyutus, an ancient art form of touching key points on the body to increase energy flow and return the natural harmony within, is part of an integrated medical plan at UK’s Markey Cancer Center. Here, Jennifer Bradley practices Jin Shin Jyutus with a patient. (Photo by Shaun Ring/Kentucky Alumni magazine)   By Beverly Bell Special to KyForward   The patients enter Jennifer...

‘Chronically curious’ Ann Smith rose from
lab tech to one of top posts at UK HealthCare

By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   Though she acknowledges that “ambitious” is a valid descriptor, UK HealthCare Chief Administrative Officer Ann Smith says there’s a different term she’d use to describe how she’s developed her career path.   “I call myself ‘chronically curious,’” Smith said. “The word ‘ambitious’ sometimes carries a negative connotation – so...

Kentucky first lady, UK Markey Cancer Center doctors promote ovarian cancer screening

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear, center, poses with members of the Kentucky Legislature and physicians from the UK Markey Cancer Center. (Photo from UK)   By Allison Perry Special to Ky Forward   To draw attention to the importance of ovarian cancer screening, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear joined Kentucky’s female legislators to highlight results from the University of Kentucky Markey...

UK Markey Cancer Center’s spot on National Cancer Institute list means big benefits for all

(Photo from UK Markey Cancer Center)   The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has become the first in the state and the 68th in the country to receive the designation of a National Cancer Institute.   UK earned the NCI description after a lengthy process of research, recruiting of doctors and program improvements at Markey. It means patients will have access to new drugs, treatment...

Sisters’ ‘survival bracelets’ honor late UK coach, raise money to support cancer patients

Andrea George, left, and sisters Jessica Lyden and Brittany Lyden work on cancer survival bracelets to benefit the Mike Lyden Patient Support Fund. (Photo from UKNow)   By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   They’re called ‘survival bracelets,’ intricately woven from colorful paracord. For those who frequently wear them — hikers, mountain climbers, even military personnel...