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Markey Center earns renewal of national cancer designation

August 13, 2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky says its Markey Cancer Center has had its national cancer center designation renewed for the next five years.

The Markey Center is one of 70 centers nationally, and the only one in Kentucky, with the designation from the National Cancer Institute.

UK says the renewal for Markey includes a five-year grant projected at $10.8 million to support research, faculty recruitment, education and clinical trials. The school says the previous five-year grant from NCI helped Markey recruit dozens of new researchers and clinicians. The school says the grant also helped it to pilot new research projects and launch initiatives aimed at changing the standard of cancer care in the state.

Kentucky faces some of the nation’s worst cancer rates.

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