Markey Cancer Center http://wkyufm.org en UK's Markey Cancer Center Gains Designation, Leading to New Drug Options and Clinical Trials http://wkyufm.org/post/uks-markey-cancer-center-gains-designation-leading-new-drug-options-and-clinical-trials <p>Kentucky has gained new clout in its fight against cancer, resulting from the rising status of the cancer center at its flagship university.</p><p></p><p>The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center in Lexington on Friday earned the designation as a National Cancer Institute facility. It becomes the 68th medical center in the country to receive the prestigious title and the only one in Kentucky.</p><p>The designation has the potential to bring millions of dollars of additional research funding to the Markey Center.</p><p>It also means patients will have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.</p><p>UK President Eli Capilouto says it signals that Kentucky will "no longer indulge the scourge of cancer."</p><p>Kentucky is at or near the top nationally in several cancer rates. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 17:26:20 +0000 Associated Press 33931 at http://wkyufm.org UK's Markey Cancer Center Gains Designation, Leading to New Drug Options and Clinical Trials