Patient Education

Providing patient education materials is an important component of cancer care. The MaineHealth Cancer Care Network has a goal of standardizing patient education messages across the Network, which helps reduce confusion for patients and supports seamless transitions in care.

We recommend that care teams use materials from this site, if an item exists for the desired topic. Doing so helps achieve the goal of aligning patient education messages which has benefits for both patients and care teams. We will continue to update the site as new materials are identified.

To ensure the highest quality patient education, all materials available on this site undergo an extensive initial review including:

  • Review by clinical expert(s) from MaineHealth or the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network (MHCCN);
  • Plain language and design review by health literacy experts at MaineHealth Education & Training;
  • Branding review, if created by MaineHealth or MHCCN, by MaineHealth Communications & Marketing; and 
  • Patient review by Patient/Family Advisory Council members or members of the target population.

Additionally, all available materials on this site are reviewed annually for continued clinical relevancy by a clinical content expert.

For more information, please contact Bethany Sanborn, Oncology Patient Education Manager at or 207-396-8776.

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