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Issue 148 - Cancer Care

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Special Section
OB-GYN/Radiology, Hematology, Oncology/Palliative Care, Neuro-Oncology

Welcome to The Cancer Care Issue of MD-Update

Two things can be true at the same time, right? Kentucky is at the top of the CDC’s list for mortality due to cancer, particularly lung cancer; and cancer care is improving in Kentucky with research, treatment, and clinical trials at multiple major healthcare systems throughout the state.

Review of the National Cancer Institute online data shows decreases in ovarian, thyroid, lung, and colon cancer in Kentucky among both males and females of all ages. That’s the good news. The bad news was an increase in both prostate cancer and esophageal cancer, particularly among Kentucky males. And Kentucky continues to have rates of lung cancer that are higher than most of the rest of the country

September was national Prostate Cancer Awareness month. If you were at the Kentucky State Fair, perhaps you saw Dr. Stephen Henry promoting prostate screening, which has become a mission for him. At the same time, Dr. Mark Evers and the UK Markey Cancer Institute announced their achievement of the National Cancer Institute “Comprehensive” Cancer Center designation, the highest level of recognition awarded by the NCI.

November is Lung Cancer Screening month, and the Kentucky Department for Public Health
is urging providers to encourage at-risk patients to get screened. More information on the department’s lung screening is on page 22 and at

In This Issue

Having just finished October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, our cover story on breast surgery at Baptist Health Louisville feels timely. Mortality from breast cancer in Kentucky is dropping due to early detection, screening, and more targeted treatments. When surgery is needed, breast surgeons step up. Read more about four breast surgeons in Louisville who embrace that vitally important moment on page 10.

Research, clinical trials, and long-term physician-patient relationships are the bread and butter of our Special Section physicians, Rebecca Booth, MD, Mohamed Hegazi, MD, Dana Johnson, MD, and Kaylyn Sinicrope, MD. I think you’ll enjoy the stories on how each of them is advancing cancer care in Kentuckiana.

Our friend James Borders, MD, has a new home, a place to continue his “calling and ministry.” Dr. Borders recently joined Bluegrass Care Navigators to direct the Program of All-inclusive Care of the Elderly, PACE, a program designed for the dually-eligible Medicare/Medicaid insured patients with the goal of providing at-home care for “aging in place.” He writes extensively about the PACE program on page 24 with contact information. Learn more about Dr. Borders’ new mission and the PACE program.

The MD-Update editorial calendar for December and all of 2024 is on the preceding page. I invite you to look for your specialty and give me a call. If your specialty is not included, call me on that as well.

Until December, all the best,

Gil Dunn
Editor/Publisher MD-Update

Not Your Mother’s Breast Care

Focusing on early detection and targeted care, the surgeons at Baptist Health Breast Surgery are ensuring patients receive the most innovative and individualized care available

Women’s Well Care in 3D

Mammography is part of wellness care at Women First of Louisville LOUISVILLE Women First of Louisville, a full-service OB-GYN practice founded, owned, operated, and staffed

It’s in His Blood

Hematology and Oncology physician Mohamed Hegazi, MD, fights side by side with his patients and their families LOUISVILLE As the saying goes, perception is reality.

Cancer Care in Rural Kentucky

Dana Johnson, MD, stays close to his roots and sees a bright future for cancer patients MT. STERLING/LEXINGTON After World War I, Mount Sterling, along