Experiencing Cancer in Appalachia

July 21, 2020


A new publication in the Journal of Appalachian Health (JAH) examines the experiences of individuals with cancer in Appalachian Kentucky.


The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, along with the Federal Communications Commission, the National Cancer Institute, Amgen, and the University of California San Diego Design Lab, has been engaged in ongoing efforts to demonstrate the power of broadband-enabled health technologies and solutions to positively transform the future of connected cancer care throughout the country, especially in rural areas.


Pilot studies in the Appalachian region of Kentucky focused on developing and delivering connected solutions for patients to be able to better manage their cancer symptoms.


The results of those early studies are published in the JAH articles “Preface: Experiencing Cancer in Appalachian Kentucky” and “Experiencing Cancer in Appalachian Kentucky."

This is the second in a series of articles prepared by the LAUNCH Collaborative; the first—"Barn-Raising on the Digital Frontier: The LAUNCH Collaborative”—was published in the Winter 2020 issue of the JAH. Members of the LAUNCH Steering Committee recognized the unique opportunity to promote the work locally after editors of the newly commissioned JAH reached out to gauge interest in publishing results from the project as the data become available.


The Journal of Appalachian Health is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal based at the University of Kentucky. Dr. F. Douglas Scutchfield, emeritus professor in the UK College of Public Health, serves as editor-in-chief. Dr. Erin Haynes, professor and chair of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, is senior associate editor.