In the fight against cancer, we all play for the same team. Cancer will affect us all in some way. One of every two men and one out of three women will get cancer in their lifetimes. Three out of every four American families will have at least one family member diagnosed with cancer. Research can cure cancer! Research discoveries lead to better treatments and better understanding of the hundreds of cancer diseases.
KDMC Partners with Markey Research Network Clinical Studies
In early 2015, King’s Daughters joined with the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center Research Network, a newly launched initiative conducting high-priority cancer research through a network of collaborative centers in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.
KDMC has participated in research with Markey for more than 25 years, enrolling more than 350 patients from nine surrounding counties in nearly 50 different clinical trials. The Markey Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center, the only one in the state of Kentucky.
Clinical research studies are key to developing new methods to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and most treatments used today are the result of previous clinical studies. These may include studies in which patients receive their therapy under the observation of specially trained cancer doctors and staff. Patients who volunteer for cancer treatment studies will receive either standard therapy or a new treatment that represents the researchers’ best new ideas for how to improve cancer care.
As a member of the Markey Research Network, the physicians at King’s Daughters will offer the opportunity to consider participation in clinical research studies to their patients, with the patients remaining under the direct care of the KDMC-based physician. This allows patients to remain close to home during treatment while still receiving the benefit of the latest thinking in the treatment of cancer.
Researchers are finding more and more advances into what causes cancer. Knowing what causes cancer helps prevent the disease. Cancer research remains the most important scientific work today. Without cancer research, the disease would kill far more people than it already does. Research enables people to know as much as possible about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
King’s Daughters is currently participating in breast, colon, lung, and hematological (blood) clinical trials. For more information about enrolling in these trials, or any clinical trial in which you may be interested, please contact Sherry Davis, research coordinator, at (606) 408-1636.
KDMC’s History of Cancer Research
For nearly 30 years, King’s Daughters Medical Center has worked with some of the top names in the field of cancer research to advance knowledge and treatment for all patients here in the Tri-State and throughout the world.
We enrolled our first patient in a cancer research trial in June 1988 – a study to assess the effectiveness of a certain drug in the treatment of breast cancer. Since that time, KDMC has enrolled hundreds of cancer patients in research studies investigating the effectiveness of new medications, medication combinations, prevention strategies and early detection efforts.
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