Cancer has not stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic and neither has the UofL Health - Brown Cancer Center. Since opening our doors in 1981, the Brown Cancer Center has been the site of several significant research breakthrough and groundbreaking treatments. However, we have so much more work to do!
Kentucky is Ground Zero for cancer with some of the highest morbidity rates in the country. The Brown Cancer Center is poised to change these statistics. The US cancer death rate dropped by 30% in the past 30 years and I believe that with your help, we can drop this rate another 30% over the next 5 years.
One of the most promising treatments is immunotherapy which alters the patient’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. Through research done right here at the Brown Cancer Center we have decreased the melanoma death rate by a startling 75% and are currently working to use this nontoxic treatment option to fight other cancer types.
We strongly believe that as an academic cancer center that has been a forerunner in immunotherapy research, we will decrease the overall death rate of all cancers. This is how we can do it, together:
Supporting research to fund innovative approaches with cutting edge instruments
Continued creation of novel clinical trials
Prioritization of aggressive screening an outreach programs
Addressing the housing and transportation needs of our patients who will not survive if they can't get back and forth to treatment
Lastly, we need your personal advocacy. You may be one person but together we are mighty. In the last few years we have worked together on advocacy efforts including the Kentucky cigarette tax to provide funds for cancer research right here where the need is highest. Imagine what we can do together over the next five years.
Jason Chesney, MD, PhD
Director and Chief Administrative Officer
UofL Health - Brown Cancer Center/Oncology Service Line
Associate Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Louisville