Outstanding Cancer Care, Close to Home
Cancer is a serious public health challenge in the MaineHealth service area, where incidence and mortality rates outpace national averages. Population health trends such as age, obesity and smoking rates are all significant factors. Cancer patients in Maine and Mt. Washington Valley now have access to world-class, coordinated cancer treatment thanks to an innovative collaboration between MaineHealth members and affiliate hospitals.
The MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, affiliated with Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, formally launched in June 2017 with a $10 million grant from The Harold Alfond® Foundation.
Diagnosing cancer and treating patients with the disease requires a team of experts. Most cancer patients receive a combination of therapies that can include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. These treatments are best performed by highly trained specialists. Not every hospital or private practice has the expertise or technology to deliver all types of care; but by working together, the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network provides comprehensive cancer treatment services to everyone in our communities.
For patients and their families, this means less time and travel to obtain top cancer care. Most patients have access to a patient navigator who educates them about the disease, discusses treatment options and helps coordinate appointments.
“Our network includes nearly 300 providers across Maine and the Mount Washington Valley,” said Scot C. Remick, MD, chief of oncology for Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth. “Coordinated, comprehensive care represents best practice in cancer treatment and typically delivers the best clinical and experience outcomes. The generous investment from The Harold Alfond Foundation is making a tremendous difference in the lives of Maine and New Hampshire residents by facilitating personalized, state-of-the-art care that turns more patients into survivors.”
Access to the Best Services as Patients Need Them
The grant also supports MaineHealth’s continuing efforts in prevention and education. When patients access the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network for care, they will access the services they need as close to home as possible. Patients can be referred to larger centers for more advanced care, second opinions or clinical trials, and then return to their local communities for follow-up care. The network’s commitment is to coordinate the patients’ journey as they access the services that are most appropriate for them.
Through the network’s affiliation with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center and widely recognized as one of the world’s leading treatment and research centers — patients have expedited access to Dana-Farber for evaluation and treatment of rare cancers, second opinions and an expanded array of clinical trials in Boston.
MaineHealth Cancer Care Network partners include Franklin Memorial Hospital, LincolnHealth, MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Maine Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, Mid Coast Hospital, Pen Bay Medical Center, Southern Maine Health Care, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Stephens Memorial Hospital, Waldo County General Hospital and the Cancer Care Center of York County.
For more information, visit mainehealth.org/cancer.