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New home for University of Kentucky cancer center will help accelerate research, director says

Karyn Czar

A new $781 million home for the University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center will help researchers accelerate work aimed at “conquering cancer in the commonwealth,” its director said Thursday. More from WUKY's Karyn Czar.

The new facility will house the UK Markey Cancer Center, the Comprehensive Spine Center, ambulatory surgery space and other outpatient services. Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers calls it a game changer for patients, who currently have six different locations across UK Healthcare to receive outpatient treatments.

The new center will also feature expanded space for Markey’s Cellular Therapy Program and Precision Medical Clinic and a space focused on cancer-related surgeries. It will also offer an on-site pharmacy, resource center, café, faith space and retail boutiques that cater to cancer patient needs. Senate President Robert Stivers said securing funding in Frankfort was a bipartisan effort.

The 550,000 square foot Cancer and Advanced Ambulatory Building is scheduled to be completed in 2027.

Karyn Czar joined the WUKY News team July 1, 2013, but she's no stranger to radio.