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Nyle's Survivor Story

Nyle's Care Team (from left to right):
Nadia Ramdin, M.D.; G. Richard Polkinghorn, M.D.; and Jessica Douin, N.P.
Nyle Perkins of West Gardiner is no stranger to a tough fight. He is a retired army veteran who fought bravely for our country. But a few years ago, Nyle found himself in quite a different battle.

At age 70, Nyle was the picture of health. But then a routine colonoscopy changed all of that. Although cancer wasn’t part of his family history, the results showed that he had colon cancer, the second-leading cause of new cancer cases and cancer deaths in Maine.

Like he had all of his life, Nyle took up this new fight and went on the offensive.

After discussing treatment options with his doctor, Nyle realized he could mount the best attack against this aggressive disease right here from home. Through a system of coordinated care, Nyle underwent surgery at MaineGeneral Medical Center and received his follow-up treatment at MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Harold Alfond® Center for Cancer Care in Augusta. Throughout the whole campaign, Nyle was teamed with Patient Navigator and research nurse Kerri Medeiros, who coordinated his appointments and saw him through his journey.

“It was great to be with Nyle and his family through his journey, and to have a member of our community receive access to a national clinical trial, said Medeiros. Nyle is more than a patient; he became a friend as I saw him through his treatment.”

Today, Nyle enjoys fishing or just spending time with his great-grandchildren, watching them fight over toys. The only fighting he hopes to see again for a very long time.