Kevin's Survivor Story
Kevin Fay is a director for a marketing research and strategy firm. He is analytical and appreciates systems that connect data points. So he paid attention when he received a message from My Chart, the MaineHealth patient portal that connects him to his medical appointments, office visit notes, and test results.
On his 50th birthday, he opened a MyChart email that reminded him it was time to consider scheduling a colonoscopy. Kevin contacted his primary care physician, Fred Emerson, MD, at Maine Medical Partners Lakes Regional Primary Care in Windham to schedule the procedure, which uncovered a cancerous polyp that needed to be removed. Kevin was referred to Melville Parker Roberts, MD, Maine Medical Partners – Casco Bay Surgery, and underwent successful surgery at Maine Medical Center.
After the surgery, Leslie Foreman, a MaineHealth Cancer Care Network patient navigator, coordinated his care with MaineHealth Cancer Care’s Roger Inhorn, MD, PhD, a medical oncologist in South Portland. Medical oncology is a critical component in developing highly individualized treatment strategies in contemporary cancer care.
Dr. Inhorn plays an important role in managing Kevin's cancer therapies and treatment. He also coordinates Kevin's care among other specialists in a constantly evolving landscape of prevention, treatment, and clinical trials. Per Kevin, “Dr. Inhorn not only followed up with me on how I was doing after surgery, he explained my path forward.”
Dr. Inhorn is known for drawing on a whiteboard or a piece a paper to help his patients understand their procedures or cancer care. Kevin said, “He showed me ‘the why’ – why the cancer was removed from my colon early; if I had waited, it could have progressed to the next stage. I was told I would have coordinated care throughout my care journey. From my PCP to surgeon to my annual follow-up visit this past spring, I didn’t have to worry about the transfer of any medical records. Each provider knew my story, and I’m cancer free today.”