It is an unfortunate fact that the state of Kentucky consistently ranks among the highest in the nation for cancer incidence and mortality. As Kentucky’s only National Cancer Institute-designated facility, UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer Center has a tremendous responsibility to the people of the Commonwealth and the Appalachian region. It is our goal to significantly reduce cancer mortality in the Commonwealth.
As one of only 69 NCI-designated cancer centers, Markey is committed to, and recognized for, upholding the highest standards of cancer care.
In an effort to address discrepancies in cancer care and treatment throughout the United States, the National Quality Forum, in cooperation with the Commission on Cancer, has endorsed a series of standard care recommendations. Measuring our compliance with these recommendations allows us not only to compare the quality of care we provide with other cancer centers but, more importantly, to continually evaluate and improve that care.
Tracking these measures and reporting them openly is just one tactic in our efforts to reach that goal.