To deliver the best cancer care as close to home as possible for people in the MaineHealth service area, we have begun with the most prevalent cancers in the region:
Your patients with cancer have greater access, guided by patient navigators, to a coordinated system of care that includes:
Evidence-based guidelines are being implemented across the system. Diagnostic and treatment protocols are based on these guidelines regardless of which MaineHealth hospital a patient chooses.
Tumor boards, consisting of multidisciplinary specialists, provide additional perspectives and consider a range of treatment options when a patient’s case falls outside typical parameters.
Complex surgeries may require surgical oncologists who have the expertise gained from performing a high volume of surgeries. Patients may choose to go to Maine Medical Center or MaineGeneral Medical Center, two of our largest programs, for these surgeries.
Radiation therapy programs (five locations) and chemotherapy infusion centers (nine locations) are based in communities across our system, giving patients options that can reduce their travel time and expense.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides patients with expedited access for second opinions, treatment for rare cancers, and evaluation for clinical trials. The MaineHealth oncology physician liaison (see more below) coordinates with Dana-Farber to follow these patients and keep the local team informed.
Clinical Patient Navigators are working together across the system on behalf of patients, helping them understand their treatment protocols, schedule appointments, and access support services in their local communities.
Research has the potential to improve outcomes, even reduce cancer incidence, making it a key element of care. Among our current and upcoming research initiatives are:
- Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative, a collaboration that is lead by Jackson Laboratories, to give patients access to state-of-the-art molecular diagnostic platforms for personalized and targeted therapy options
- Maine Cancer Foundation initiative to increase colon screening rate in Maine, and other important cancer prevention and support programs
- Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation grant to support the Maine Lung Cancer Prevention and Screening (Maine LungCAPS) Initiative, a four-year, multi-institution, multi-disciplinary collaboration of MaineHealth care providers and stakeholders, in collaboration with Maine Medical Center Research Institute and other stakeholders in the state
- MaineHealth Oncology Clinical Trials Network greatly expands and integrates clinical trials offerings at key MaineHealth organizations, including Maine Medical Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center, Southern Maine Health Care, Pen Bay Medical Center and other new sites over time