Overview

The fight against cancer is one of the most daunting challenges confronting our health care system today. And nowhere in the United States is that battle raging more fiercely than right here in Kentucky. The state leads the nation in the number of people stricken by the disease, and in the number of cancer-related deaths.

For the past 30 years, UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center has been working hard to change this through state-of-the-art clinical care, research, education and outreach programs. 

Patients newly diagnosed with cancer often experience tremendous anxiety about the many treatment options available. It often is difficult to navigate through a confusing maze of specialists and advice. If you are searching for a cancer expert, have been referred to a cancer expert at UofL Physicians or Brown Cancer Center, or simply want to know where to get started, learn more at UofLBrownCancerCenter.org or call 502-562-HOPE (4673).

UofL Physicians includes many cancer experts across several specialties with different areas of expertise. We have a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians who work together to guide each patient through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Our teams of cancer experts have an unparalleled depth and breadth of experience. 

Using this team-focused approach, our treatment plans reflect the combined expertise of many physicians — surgical oncologists and other surgical specialists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and radiologists and pathologists, as well as psychologists, nutritionists and physical therapists. This approach also ensures that patients who need several different therapies to treat their cancer will receive the ideal combination.

We recognize that each patient is unique and each type of cancer is different — the best treatment for one patient may not be right for another. Thus, we develop a treatment plan tailored for each patient. But the bottom line for all the cancer experts who are part of UofL Physicians is that we treat more than our patients’ cancers — we care for the patient as a whole person.

The Academic Difference

At UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center, we believe knowledge comes from questioning the status quo, discovering more about disease and using that knowledge to improve the health of our community. Our physicians are also teachers and researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and are involved in the research and development of new treatments and cures for cancer. This means patients receive the most advanced and appropriate treatment even for complex or rare conditions. 

Diseases & Conditions

At UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center we believe that knowledge is a key to treating cancer.

To see the types of cancers that we treat and get detailed information about your type of cancer, treatment options, and more, visit UofLBrownCancerCenter.org.

Screening Options

Early detection is key to treating cancer. When cancer is caught early, it’s less likely to spread, and treatments are more likely to be effective and may be treated with less invasive options.

To learn more about cancer screenings at UofL Health, visit: https://uoflbrowncancercenter.org/screenings

Treatments & Services

Our clinical programs offer patients the latest types of cancer treatments, state-of-the-art multidisciplinary care and, as an academic medical center at the forefront of medical research, access to innovative cancer trials.

All methods depend on the type and stage of cancer or tumors.

  • Surgery – Removal of cancer or tumor. 
  • Radiation therapy – Treat small or early-stage tumors or used after surgery
  • Chemotherapy – Shrink the cancer before surgery or radiation
  • Targeted therapies – Tumor growth factors are hormone-like substances that occur naturally in the body and cause cell growth. Drugs that bind these substances or their partners on the cancer cell surface can inhibit tumor growth
  • Immunotherapy – Immunotherapy is a type of medication, usually infused into a vein, which helps your own immune system attack the cancer cells and destroy them.
  • Stem Cell Transplant – Use high doses of chemotherapy or radiation therapy to condition the body and then healthy stem cells then are given intravenously to stimulate new bone marrow growth
  • Transplant – entire organ is removed and replaced with a healthy donated organ.
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C. Tyler Ellis, M.D., MSCR

Specialty Areas: Colon & Rectal Surgery | Cancer

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Colon & Rectal Surgery
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 710A
Louisville, KY 40202
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Brian L. Mattingly, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Radiology | Cancer

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – UofL Hospital
530 South Jackson Street,
Louisville, KY 40202
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Terry M. McCurry, Jr., M.D.

Specialty Areas: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery | Cancer

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Plastic Surgery
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 790
Louisville, KY 40202
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Brian Gackenbach, MSN, ACNP-BC

Specialty Areas: Medical Oncology/Hematology | Blood & Marrow Transplant Program | Cancer

Primary Practice Location

UofL Health – James Graham Brown Cancer Center
529 Jackson Street,
Louisville, KY 40202
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Nicolas Ajkay, M.D.

Specialty Areas: Surgical Oncology | Cancer

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Surgical Oncology
UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street, Suite 710C
Louisville, KY 40202
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Alexandra S. Schaber, APRN

Specialty Areas: Neurosurgery | Neuro-Oncology | Cancer

Primary Practice Location

UofL Physicians – Neurosurgery
UofL Health - Frazier Rehabilitation Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way, 12th Floor
Louisville, KY 40202

Locations & Contact

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UofL Physicians – Surgical Oncology

UofL Health - James Graham Brown Cancer Center
529 South Jackson Street 3rd Floor
Louisville , KY 40202
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UofL Physicians – Surgical Oncology

UofL Health - Medical Center Northeast
2401 Terra Crossing Boulevard Suite 401B
Louisville , KY 40245
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UofL Physicians – Surgical Oncology

UofL Health - Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 East Chestnut Street Suite 710C
Louisville , KY 40202
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Accepted Insurance

UofL Physicians participates in most major health plans in Kentucky. Coverage may vary by specialty. Coverage limitations are dependent on the terms of your personal health plan. This is not a guarantee that all services you receive will be covered by your health plan. Review your health plan provider directory and/or consult with your plan to confirm coverage.

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