Kentucky Cancer Program

As part of its commitment to provide the full scope of services to the community, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center administers the Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP), a network of cancer control services that connects all Kentuckians – the public, healthcare providers and patients – with the Commonwealth’s cancer control resources.

Kentucky Cancer Program’s mission is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through cancer education, research and service programs. Funded by the Kentucky General Assembly, the program is a joint initiative of the Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville and the Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky. With 12 regional offices and 15 district cancer councils throughout the state, KCP identifies cancer problems and mobilizes communities to action.

Community Cancer Connection

KCP offices are staffed by cancer control specialists who coordinate programs like:

  • Community coalitions to address specific cancer problems
  • Outreach to special populations including African Americans, migrant workers, individuals with limited literacy and rural, medically underserved populations
  • Educational presentations to schools, churches, businesses and civic groups
  • Community screenings to detect cancer in early stages
  • Special events to raise cancer awareness

Supporting Health Professionals

KCP strives to improve patient care through the following services for health professionals:

  • Education and training
  • Research on cancer control interventions for medical and dental professionals
  • The Kentucky Cancer Registry, which monitors the state’s cancer data. The information is collected for state-based research studies and improved patient outcomes.
  • Cancer Information Conduit

KCP provides valuable cancer-related information to Kentucky’s diverse population. Regional offices link communities to additional resources and offer information in a culturally appropriate and understandable language. Cancer control specialists:

  • Provide accurate and up-to-date cancer information for patients, their families, the general public and health professionals
  • Promote clinical trials – research studies that involve new cancer treatment and provide information about available clinical trials in Kentucky
  • Explain medical research, serving as a bridge between scientific breakthroughs and public understanding
  • Provide free educational brochures in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Information Service to the public, patients and health-care providers
  • Promote the use of the Cancer Information Service, a toll-free telephone service (1-800-4 CANCER), affiliated with the National Cancer Institute
  • Provide information about treatment options and standards of cancer care

A Shoulder to Lean On

KCP supports the special needs of patients and their families through:

  • Regional resource directories (Pathfinders) to link cancer patients with local programs and services
  • Support groups for both cancer patients and their families
  • Indian Summer, a camp founded by KCP for children with leukemia and other forms of cancer
  • Advocacy efforts for patient care and protection
  • Weekend retreats for women and men facing cancer
  • Special events for cancer survivors
  • Guidance in navigating the cancer care delivery system
  • Resource kits for newly diagnosed patients

Leading Special Initiatives

KCP takes pride in special initiatives to address the unique needs and special populations in Kentucky. Cancer health disparities is a priority.

  • Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer (KAAAC), a volunteer coalition providing outreach to African Americans
  • Harriet B. Porter Cancer Education and Research Endowment to address cancer in Louisville’s African American population
  • Cultivando la Salud, a peer navigator program for Hispanic women

Other initiatives include:

  • County Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalitions, local groups who work together to identify and implement programs to increase screening in their community
  • Mobile Mammography Services – the Brown Cancer Center started and continues to operate the state’s first mobile mammography program that provides services at worksites, businesses, churches and other locations in the state
  • Providers Practice Prevention, a nationally recognized, continuing education program for health professionals on cancer screening and tobacco cessation
  • Cooper/Clayton Adult Smoking Cessation, a science-based program to help tobacco users overcome nicotine addiction
  • Comprehensive Cancer Control, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national initiative for community partners to develop an integrated and coordinated approach to cancer control

Exploring Better Ways to Serve

KCP activities and programs are science-based, data-driven and community guided:

  • The state’s cancer problems are closely monitored through the Kentucky Cancer Registry, and community interventions are directed toward the greatest needs
  • Research is conducted to develop effective new cancer control programs
  • District Cancer Councils help identify community problems and solutions
  • KCP monitors education and outreach programs nationally, integrating the best practices for patients in the region
  • Programs are evaluated for effectiveness in addressing Kentucky’s cancer burden

Contact the KCP office in your region:

Bowling Green



Highland Heights