About Us

The Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) serves every corner of the Commonwealth with information and services to reduce the impact of cancer.

Created by legislation enacted in 1982, KCP was established to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through education, research, and service.  The program is administered jointly by the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the University of Kentucky Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center.  KCP has 13 offices across the state, staffed by cancer control specialists, who coordinate cancer prevention and early detection programs; patient and family services; professional education and training; and who mobilize communities through coalitions and partnerships to address local cancer problems.

We are unique.

KCP is recognized nationally as a unique program that is state-funded, university-affiliated, and community-based.  The partnership with Kentucky's two major academic institutions (UofL and UK) and university cancer centers enables KCP activities to be based on science, driven by the latest and most accurate cancer data, and to serve as a laboratory for population-based research.

We are community-based.

KCP operates through a network of 13 regional offices staffed by trained and experienced cancer control specialists who provide local leadership on cancer prevention and control initiatives for all of Kentucky's 120 counties.  KCP works closely with the Kentucky Cancer Registry and 15 District Cancer Councils across the state to identify and develop interventions to address cancer problems.

We are dedicated to education, research and service.

KCP provides a range of cancer programs to health professionals, the public, patients and families.  Dedicated to education, research, and screenings, KCP establishes partnerships with the American Cancer Society, Kentucky Department for Public Health, the Kentucky Cancer Registry, the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Lung Cancer Alliance, and other national, state and local organizations.

We foster collaborations.

KCP is an important partner in the Kentucky Cancer Consortium (KCC), the state's lead cancer organization, and helped draft the initial Cancer Action Plan that led to its formation.  KCP also initiated the Louisville and Jefferson County Partnership in Cancer Control in 1994 to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among low income women, particularly African Americans, in Jefferson County.  This coalition provides community education, clinical breast exams, mammograms, and Pap tests, serving about 4,000 women each year.

We link Kentuckians to local resources.

KCP plays a major role in linking Kentuckians with cancer resources through personal contact at our offices, community health fairs and events.  KCP also provides the Pathfinder, an online tool that enables users to search by county for cancer-related resources in screening/tobacco, information and referral, patient assistance, medical care, survivorship and support groups, and national and state resources.

KCP District Cancer Councils.

KCP maintains District Cancer Councils (DCC) in each of the 15 Area Development Districts to offer vital support for strategic planning to address local cancer problems and to implement statewide initiatives in every region.  Representatives serving on the councils are from county/district health departments, hospitals, government agencies, health care providers, universities, businesses, labor unions, schools, tobacco coalitions, and others.  Cancer survivors are also represented.  Working in collaboration with these partners, KCP leverages resources to mobilize communities.

Every two years, KCP reports to the Commonwealth on its statewide efforts.  The Biennial Report lists District Cancer Council members.