RELEASE: Commonwealth Cancer Center in Danville announces research partnership with UK Markey Cancer Center


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This is a joint press release issued 3-8-12 by Commonwealth Cancer Center of Danville and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center of Lexington.

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RELEASE: Commonwealth Cancer Center in Danville announces research partnership with UK Markey Cancer Center

  1. 1. FOR RELEASE Contact: Amy Wise, Communications DirectorMonday, March 12, 2012 Office: (859) 236-2203 Cell: (859) 494-9473 Email: COMMONWEALTH CANCER CENTER JOINS UK HEALTHCARE’S MARKEY CANCER CENTER AFFILIATE NETWORKDANVILLE, Ky. – Commonwealth Cancer Center is the newest member of UK HealthCare’s Markey Cancer CenterAffiliate Network. The partnership is established with an emphasis on clinical research, with the goal of providingcancer patients in Commonwealth’s network of centers throughout the state – including the center in Danville --expanded access to new clinical trials and emerging therapies in their own communities, as well as greaterexposure to additional specialty and subspecialty physicians.Dr. Dennie Jones, medical director of the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, says the relationshipbetween Markey and Commonwealth Cancer Centers also allows the opportunity for Commonwealth physiciansto collaborate on this research, combining the center’s clinical expertise with the support of UK academicresearch.“This affiliation enables us to bring together the resources and expertise of a major cancer center and anadvanced network of clinical practices to offer to patients in Danville, Frankfort, Somerset, Corbin, London andRussell Springs, allowing them to receive top-notch care closer to home,” Jones said. “By partnering withCommonwealth Cancer Centers of Kentucky, we’re taking another huge step toward making sure everyKentuckian has access to high-quality cancer care.”Dr. Thomas Baeker, medical director of Commonwealth Cancer Center, said the partnership is beneficial to allparties involved, especially patients.“For the past 17 years, Commonwealth Cancer Centers of Kentucky has endeavored to deliver the very bestpossible cancer care to cancer patients in non-urban areas of central and southeastern Kentucky, takingadvantage of the most recent advances in oncology treatments and protocols,” Baeker said. “In that effort, wehave always maintained a strong relationship with our colleagues at the University of Kentucky. Our new statusas a Markey Cancer Center Network Affiliate will allow us to grow that relationship even further, in a collaborativeeffort that will include sharing of ideas and experiences, and participation in active clinical trials, ensuring that ourpatients will be receiving care at the cutting edge of oncology – right in their own communities.”Commonwealth Cancer Centers of Kentucky becomes the eighth in the state to become a Markey Cancer Centeraffiliate, but is uniquely the only independent private network of cancer clinics among them.
  2. 2. “This affiliation gives greater enhancement to the personalized care Commonwealth already has in place,” saidMark Allen, practice administrator for Commonwealth Cancer Centers. “The convenience of receiving the mostup-to-date, comprehensive cancer treatment close to home is a major benefit for our patients. Now, with thiscollaboration and greater access to clinical research, professional education and training programs, we can offereven more to meet the needs of our patients - and they won’t have to travel out of the area to receive that care.”With six full-time medical oncology practices, a radiation oncology center (London), satellite clinics and a mobilePET/CT Scan unit, Commonwealth Cancer Center is committed to providing accessible care to communities incentral and southeastern Kentucky. In Danville, the oncology care team is led by board certified medicaloncologists/hematologists Thomas Baeker, MD; Emmanuel Nidhiry, MD; Sirisha Perumandla, MD and ArunaArekapudi, MD. CCC offices are also located in Frankfort, Russell Springs, Somerset, Corbin, London, Harrodsburgand Columbia.For more information on specialized care provided by Commonwealth Cancer Center, ###