Building the Infrastructure for a Comprehensive Lung Cancer Data Source

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Kentucky leads the nation in the risk of developing lung cancer, and dying from this disease, particularly in the eastern part of the state. This region also has some of the highest smoking rates in the country. The main purpose of this project is to find useful ways to collect information from a variety of sources to that can be useful for researchers who want to investigate the occurrence of lung cancer as well as the treatment modalities, with the ultimate goal of reducing the burden of this quite deadly disease. The project will recruit lung cancer patients from four different medical centers across the state, and will collect blood samples and tumor samples obtained during surgery or biopsy which will be stored at a specialized facility at the University of Kentucky called the Biospecimen Core Program. In addition, patients will also be interviewed to find out about the factors of their life or their medical history that could be important in determining why they developed lung cancer and the course of their disease following diagnosis. Data from the Kentucky Cancer Registry, which routinely collects clinical and other information on all cancers in Kentucky, will be added to increase the relevant information on the patients. Finally, preliminary analyses will be conducted on data collected to show the usefulness of this comprehensive approach to lung cancer research and control, which could then be expanded across the state.
Effective start/end date2/4/146/30/15


  • KY Lung Cancer Research Fund: $25,754.00


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