About Us

KCP Staff posing for photo

About Us


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 UofL Health Brown Cancer Center and the University of Kentucky Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center. KCP has 14 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 dedicated to education, research and service.

KCP provides a range of programs to address cancer in the Commonwealth including public education for cancer prevention; professional education and training to increase cancer screening and reduce nicotine dependence; support services for cancer patients and families; and community based research to improve health outcomes.

We foster collaborations.

Working in collaboration with partners, KCP leverages resources to mobilize state partners and local communities. Signature initiatives and coalitions have been created in conjunction with many partners including the American Cancer Society, Kentucky Department for Public Health, local health departments and hospitals, the Kentucky Cancer Registry, and other national, state and local organizations. KCP is an important partner in the Kentucky Cancer Consortium (KCC) and helped draft the initial Cancer Action Plan that led to its formation. We are guided by 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. District Cancer Council members are listed in the Biennial Report.

We link Kentuckians to local resources.

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

Discover what we're doing for you.

Every two years, KCP prepares a report to the Commonwealth. To learn about the many programs and services, view the current Biennial Report.

Biennial Highlights 2020-2022 

UofL Kentucky Cancer Program, celebrating 40 years of Service to Kentucky! View Biennial Highligts.