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Lung Cancer Fact Sheet

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Lung cancer care at UK HealthCare

The Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Program provides a multidisciplinary approach to care for patients with cancers of the lung and chest. Established in 1998 as the first multidisciplinary lung cancer program in Kentucky, our goal is to facilitate a rapid diagnosis for patients and provide innovative treatment, prevention and screening of lung cancer.

Clinical Cancer Care

  • Provide diagnosis and treatment for small and non-small cell lung cancer, mesothelioma, thymoma, esophageal, bronchial carcinoid and other thoracic cancers 
  • We stress a multidisciplinary approach to care: each patient is assessed by a team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nurses and other specialists who collaborate to develop an individualized treatment plan - ensuring optimal patient care
  • MLCP is the first program in the region to provide a true multidisciplinary approach to lung cancer care.
  • Patient clinical evaluations are available on Monday and Thursday.
  • We work in conjunction with Kentucky Neuroscience Institute. This Institute is comprised of nationally renowned experts in the treatment of lung cancers that are metastatic to the brain and offers state-of-the-art treatment using stereotactic radiosurgery and other novel therapies for this devastating complication of lung cancer.
  • Specialized procedures are performed including endobronchial implanted radiation, photodynamic therapy, laser surgery, pleuroscopy, autofluroescent bronchoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery
  • MLCP is the first program in Kentucky to offer a dedicated interventional pulmonology service and endobronchial ultrasound for diagnosis and staging of lung cancer
  • MLCP is the only program to offer a multidisciplinary approach to the management of central airway obstruction
  • UK Markey Cancer Center offers radiation medicine treatment at UK Hospital as well as in 5 communities in the region. Radiation medicine treatment facilities provide care close to home and are located in Morehead, Maysville, Berea, Georgetown, and Mt. Sterling 
  • We offer a centralized clinic where patients are evaluated and treated MLCP offers cutting-edge research and the opportunity for patients to participate in clinical trials
  • Each new patient's case is discussed in a weekly case review conference which is attended by all team physicians

Patient Care

  • MLCP provides diagnostic services and care for people with lung cancer and other types of thoracic cancers. 
  • More than 375 new patients each year
  • More than 2000 visits annually More than 200 outpatients seen each month

Outreach

  • Educational programs are offered to the public to increase awareness about lung cancer
  • Smoking cessation classes are offered throughout the year for the public
  • Participation in local community health fairs
  • Physician speakers are available to speak at conferences and events
  • Clean indoor air initiatives

Leadership

Timothy W. Mullett, MD
Director, UK Markey Cancer Center's Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Program Associate Professor of Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, UK College of Medicine

Susanne M. Arnold, MD
Associate Director, UK Markey Cancer Center's Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Program Associate Professor of Medicine, UK College of Medicine

Facilities

Patients are seen at the Whitney-Hendrickson Building in the Markey Cancer Center complex on the University of Kentucky campus.

Professional Staff

  • More than 25 researchers pursue studies in lung cancer causes, prevention and treatment More than 15 physicians work in the areas of diagnostics, medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, pulmonology, and pathology
  • Over 15 dedicated support staff consisting of nurses, program coordinators and an outreach coordinator ensures excellent and consistent customer service

Research

  • MLCP physicians are active members of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the Southwest Oncology Group and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, and the American College of Surgical Oncologists
  • Ongoing research projects include topics such as CT screening for lung cancer, and biomarker studies for lung cancer
  • Multiple clinical trials are available for patient participation in areas such as multi-modality therapy (combining radiation and chemotherapy) for locally advanced disease, novel chemotherapeutic and biologic agents and vaccine therapy after treatment

Regional and National Role

  • We offer continuing education opportunities for health care professionals through regional seminars and annual conferences
  • Consultation is provided for physicians and cancer care professionals throughout the region
  • Collaborate with Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program - a statewide lung cancer research initiative
  • Participate in the Kentucky Lung Cancer Clinical Trials Network - a statewide program involving research and clinical trials for patients
  • Contribute to Marty Driesler Cancer Project - a Kentucky initiative aimed at reducing cancer deaths in the state's congressional 5th district

For more information, visit the MLCP Web site. Call us at 859-257-5864. 

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