2023 Markey Cancer Center Annual Report

In 2023, the UK Markey Cancer Center earned the honor of being Kentucky’s first and only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

As the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training, the NCI awards designation based on excellence in cancer research and prevention, and comprehensive designation is the highest level of recognition awarded by the NCI.

The elevation to an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center will further enhance Markey’s ability to attract top-tier researchers and clinicians, secure additional research funding, collaborate with national and international partners, and give patients access to leading-edge treatments and clinical trials – resulting in better patient care and health outcomes for Kentuckians.

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MARKEY CANCER CENTER
2023 ANNUAL REPORT

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NCI COMPREHENSIVE DESIGNATION ACHIEVED
AND THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE

Build the Future

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A new state-of-the-art multidisciplinary cancer building will bring all UK Markey Cancer Center outpatient services under one roof, creating a patient experience unparalleled in the region. With cancer clinics, screening and procedural areas and space for advanced research, the facility — scheduled for completion in 2027— will position Markey to expand the advanced cancer care it delivers to the people of Kentucky.

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The Next Phase for Markey

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In 2013, the UK Markey Cancer Center earned the state’s only National Cancer Institute designation. Then in September 2023, Markey achieved yet another accolade and became an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest level of designation NCI awards.

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The Butterfly Effect

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Leadership at the Markey Cancer Center is a culture that extends from the research lab to the clinic, from bench to bedside so to speak. This is in large part due to the efforts of Mark Evers, M.D., to attract a group of driven and devoted individuals who wanted to contribute to something much larger than themselves. The result was a team that achieved National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center designation in 2023 and now has its sights set on even bigger achievements for Kentucky’s future.

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The Original Cohort

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In 2013, the UK Markey Cancer Center earned the state’s only National Cancer Institute designation. Then in September 2023, Markey achieved yet another accolade and became an NCIdesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the highest level of designation NCI awards.

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A Joy for Evers

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What makes people who they are? Not in the molecular sense, where every living thing on the planet forms its proteins from some combination of the same common 20 amino acids.

No, no. We’re talking about something more enigmatic. How do you explain the origins of someone’s drive, their ambition and curiosity? Their tenacity? Is it nature vs. nurture? Or, Is it both?

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Trial Runs

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In September 2023, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center’s researchers and doctors celebrated a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center designation, the highest level of recognition in the field, based on excellence in research and prevention of cancer.

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The Power & Promise of Clinical Trials

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Markey Cancer Center physician-scientists Zhonglin Hao, M.D., Ph.D., and Eddy Yang, M.D., Ph.D., are leading the way in translating lab discoveries into clinical trials that are improving patient care.

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Renewed ACTION

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Chezney Boothe has been set on becoming a doctor since the sixth grade, but it wasn’t until a recruiter representing the UK Markey Cancer Center’s Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) Program addressed her small high school class that she had an “Ahha” moment.

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Connecting Communities

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Conquering cancer in the Commonwealth requires an all-hands-on-deck approach, not just from researchers and oncologists, but the very people who face the relentless impact of disease every day: the community.

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Markey Network Benefits from NCI Comprehensive Designation

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UK Markey Cancer Center’s comprehensive NCI designation isn’t just a victory for Markey and nearby patients in Lexington; it’s a win for hospitals and patients across the state and beyond, according to physicians and administrators whose facilities are members of the Markey Cancer Center Affiliate and Research Networks (MCCAN/MCCRN).

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Build the Future

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A new state-of-the-art multidisciplinary cancer building will bring all UK Markey Cancer Center outpatient services under one roof, creating a patient experience unparalleled in the region. With cancer clinics, screening and procedural areas and space for advanced research, the facility — scheduled for completion in 2027— will position Markey to expand the advanced cancer care it delivers to the people of Kentucky.


HISTORICAL TIMELINE

Here's a look back at some of the memorable milestones that cultivated a place of growth and endurance to bring Markey to this pivotal moment of success.


MARKEY BY THE
NUMBERS

The UK Markey Cancer Center is the only cancer center in Kentucky designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Markey is driven by 322 research projects representing $62 million in research funding. As a matrix cancer center, our research portfolio is supplemented by $3.2 million in education and training funding.

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PAST ANNUAL REPORTS

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NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - A Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Markey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center – a distinction that recognizes our commitment to accelerating precision cancer research and care to patients. We are the first and only NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky, and one of 56 in the nation.

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