2020 Markey Cancer Center Annual Report

Welcome to the 2020 UK Markey Cancer Center Annual Report

In a state like Kentucky and a region like Central Appalachia – where cancer is at its worst – it takes bold action to make a difference.

When COVID-19 arrived in Kentucky, the UK Markey Cancer Center’s mission to confront cancer in the Commonwealth didn’t stop either. Our clinics were quickly reimagined to ensure safety during the pandemic. We cared for existing patients and newly diagnosed patients, too, and our expanding array of potentially life-saving clinical trials continued without pause.

The 2020 annual report highlights our services and showcases some of our accomplishments of the past year, all of which are a demonstration of our commitment to improving the future of health in Kentucky and beyond. Take a look back at the last year at Markey below.

To revisit past Markey Annual Reports, visit our archive webpage for past landing pages and PDF versions.

a sweet promise

UK experts develop world’s first clinical trial to test plant’s effectiveness against ovarian cancer.

global cooperation

Markey forges promising partnership with researchers in India.

Early-career researchers lead 3 NCI-funded clinical trials at the national level.

Early-career researchers lead 3 NCI-funded clinical trials at the national level.

Next-generation care for the next generation

COVID-19 presented hospitals with an unprecedented confluence of conflicting challenges.

Ueland Q&A

Dr. Ueland has a deep loyalty for Markey, and a vision for a bright future.

microseed treatment

Leading-edge breast cancer radiation treatment offered at Markey.

lung cancer survivor

Lung cancer survivor stresses the value of second opinions and screenings.

making a difference for younger patients

Making a difference for young cancer patients

The power of collaboration

Middlesboro hospital executive experiences firsthand the strengths of Markey's Affiliate Network.


Cookbook author’s research led her to Markey for treatment of a rare, complex cancer.

commitment to care

Markey’s population research and community programs focus on reducing Kentucky’s cancer burden.

led to give

After Amanda Lockey's diagnosis, all signs led her to Markey.

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.