Coordinated Team Approach to Cancer Care

Team care is patient-centered

The coordinated, system-wide approach to cancer care puts the patient at the center with a team of experts. The team members collaborate individually and in meetings (both in person and via telecommunications) where they discuss individual patient cases, utilize evidence-based guidelines that show the best outcomes, and develop a recommendation for treatment that may include care at more than one hospital’s facilities.

Team care means the best care for you

Treating people with cancer often requires a multidisciplinary approach. It’s common for patients to have surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

The physicians who specialize in each of these types of cancer therapy work together and with additional specialists, such as pathologists, radiologists, pharmacists, patient navigators, nurse practitioners and nutritionists. In many cases, these providers have achieved advanced credentials that put them at the top of their field.

Access to top specialists

Not every MaineHealth-affiliated hospital has the full range of expertise. Therefore, we aligned all of our providers as one team. Our providers know that they and their patients have access to the quality care they need.

A patient, for example, may receive surgery at one hospital where a physician has a particular expertise, but then return closer to home for follow-up care, including chemotherapy or radiation treatment. The goal of our team is to provide the right care in the right place as close to home as possible.

  • Patients seeking second opinions and access to clinical trials have the option to travel to Maine Medical Center or MaineGeneral Medical Center, the largest of our six hospitals that are accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.
  • Another option is to travel to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, which also treats rare cancers.

In all cases, our experts will guide patients to the best available care and determine how much of it can be delivered close to home.

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