Kentucky LEADS Collaborative

Lung Cancer Education, Awareness, Detection, and Survivorship

Mission Statement: The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative is dedicated to reducing the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky and beyond through development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel, community-based interventions to promote provider education, survivorship care, and prevention and early detection regarding lung cancer.

The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative is a heavily community-engaged effort forged by the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Lung Cancer Alliance, and funded by a generous grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. This collaborative will promote lung cancer survivorship in Kentucky and move forward with a broad array of partnerships across the Commonwealth united by the mission to improve lung cancer care in Kentucky.

The Kentucky LEADS Collaborative (LEADS = Lung Cancer Education, Awareness, Detection, and Survivorship) entails three key components and an administrative core, committed to reducing the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky.

The first component, Provider Education, will be led by Connie Sorrell of the Kentucky Cancer Program West and Dr. Goetz Kloecker of the University of Louisville. The mission of this component will be to develop and evaluate a continuing education program for primary care providers regarding quality lung cancer care by highlighting evidence-based lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, but will also address evidence-based tobacco cessation, early detection, and survivorship efforts.

The second component, Survivorship Care, will be led by Dr. Jamie Studts of the University of Kentucky. The aims of this component will be to develop and evaluate a lung cancer-specific survivorship program for individuals diagnosed with lung cancer as well as their caregivers. This component will also develop a training program to facilitate dissemination of the lung cancer survivorship care program that will target lung cancer navigators and mental health providers.

The third component, Prevention and Early Detection, will be led by Drs. Timothy Mullett and Jennifer Redmond Knight at the University of Kentucky. The mission of this component will be to facilitate high-quality implementation of lung cancer screening throughout Kentucky and will also work to ensure the integration of shared decision making and evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions in lung cancer control efforts.


Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health: 50 Year Anniversary

Please visit the links below to find out more information about the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of this important public health document:

Surgeon General Report (50 Years of Progress):

The Health Consequences of Smoking- 50 Years of Progress

Press Release from HHS:

50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health

CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians article: The First Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health: The 50th Anniversary

The Landmark Surgeon General Report on Smoking and Health, 50 Years Later

Let's make the next generation tobacco-free: Your guide to the 50th anniversary Surgeon General's report on smoking and health

Let's make the next Generation Tobacco Free


Join Tobacco-free Take Action!

Please visit the link below to find out more about Tobacco-free Take Action, a team of employees and students committed to improving compliance with our tobacco-free policy:

Tobacco-Free Take Action


Markey Menu

Hosted by Siddhi Shroff, Registered Dietitian at the UK Markey Cancer Center

This blog is focused on providing tips ranging from taste changes to cancer survivorship. Good nutrition and exercise are key to improving cancer treatment outcomes and survivorship. This blog helps patients and caregivers with their nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment.

Markey Menu Blog


New Program Guides Cancer Patients

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is helping cancer patients and their families with the launch of the state's first American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program, made possible with support from AstraZeneca.

After a diagnosis, patients can seek information on the following:

Transportation, lodging and campus navigation: Resources are available to aid with traveling and lodging through the Society's Road to Recovery® and Hope Lodge® programs.

Coping strategies: Emotional support is available through a wide variety of programs. Complementary therapies such as Jin Shin Jyutsu® are available to help relieve stress and worry in patients.

Appearance-related needs: Local resources for items to use to help cope with the effects of treatment. Guidance also available to the Society's Look Good Feel Better® program.

Financial assistance: Financial assistance may be available to patients that qualify for bill paying during treatment.

Information on cancer types and treatment options: Appropriate literature available on diagnosis, treatment, prevention and end of life care, as well as information on the Society's free clinical trials matching service.

For additional information on Markey Cancer Center Cancer Support Services please visit the following:

Markey Cancer Center Cancer Support Services

For information on Brown Cancer Center Events and Support Services please visit the following:

Brown Cancer Center Cancer Support Services and Resources


Secondhand Smoke

Most people know that smoking tobacco is very risky for the smoker. But did you know that tobacco smoke is dangerous for nonsmokers, too?

Each year secondhand smoke causes about 46,000 deaths to nonsmokers from heart disease and 3,000 deaths from lung cancer alone.

Please follow this link to learn more about how you can protect yourself and others:

Secondhand Smoke

Or please call 1-800-333-8874.