Message from the Director: Building on Success to Improve Patient Outcomes
By B. Mark Evers, MD, UK Markey Cancer Center Director
As 2015 came to an end, we had the opportunity to look back on our successes at Markey, both for the patients we treat and in celebration of those we have treated. Whether implementing a research focus to identify clinical trials that best meet the needs of our patient population and advance the science of cancer care, or bringing together the Markey community at an end of the year event to raise funds for our Expressions of Courage Survivor Art Celebration, our faculty and staff proved time and time again that we remain dedicated to the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
Because Kentucky ranks among the highest in cancer mortality in the United States, it is critical for us to offer clinical trials that provide patients with additional treatment options when standard therapy is not enough. Our Clinical Care and Research Teams meet regularly to determine what clinical trials are needed to help as many Kentuckians as possible. These meetings cover a range of topics, from current and potential studies, to the patient population, to safety regulations. Thankfully, we have an incredible team in the Clinical Research Office devoted to supporting all clinical trial efforts with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.
Improved patient outcomes lead to a growing number of cancer survivors. Our faculty and staff continue to expand awareness of the Expressions of Courage Survivor Art Celebration. We closed 2015 with an online wreath auction that included support from Markey employees and local businesses, raising about $3,000. This money will be used for the Expressions of Courage Survivor Art Celebration, a popular event held in June in honor of National Cancer Survivorship Month. These are just a few of the many successes at Markey. Our task for 2016 is to build on these accomplishments as we move forward with our mission of reducing the morbidity and mortality of cancer. If 2015 is any indication, we are in for an exciting year.