Maine Medical Center

Cancer Care and IV Therapy

MaineHealth Cancer Care and IV Therapy provides integrated medical oncology and hematology services in Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland and Brunswick, Maine. We provide diagnosis, treatment, care coordination and support for patients throughout their cancer journey. We are part of MaineHealth Cancer Care, an integrated care system that delivers highly-coordinated, state-of-the-art, cancer care close to home.

Our board-certified providers and compassionate staff understand the needs and concerns of cancer patients and their families. We want you to feel comfortable with your care team and confident that you are receiving the most clinically-advanced treatment possible. We also believe in shared-decision making and develop highly-individualized treatment strategies that meet each patient's unique needs and preferences. 

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What is medical oncology?

Medical oncology is a critical component in modern cancer care. Oncologists drive care plan developmentā€”managing therapies as well as coordinating care among other cancer specialists who focus on prevention, treatment and clinical trials.

What is hematology?

Hematologists are specifically trained in the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders. This includes conditions affecting red and white blood cells, platelets, lymph nodes, bone marrow, blood vessels, and the spleen.

Seamless Care Coordination and Support

MaineHealth Cancer Care and IV Therapy provides radiation therapy, IV therapy, and blood disorder services. We also maintain close communication with your primary care provider and extended care team. Cancer support services also include clinical patient navigators and social workers.

IV Therapy | Infusion Therapy

Patients undergoing intravenous (IV) chemotherapy receive care from certified chemotherapy nurses in convenient, patient-centered locations. A pharmacist with expertise in oncology oversees care to ensure safe administration of chemotherapy and other treatments. The pharmacist also is available to counsel patients about their medication needs and answer any questions they might have.

Infusion therapy medications help patients fight cancer and manage the symptoms of cancer or its treatment. These include:

  • Intravenous chemotherapy, targeted biotherapies and monoclonal antibodies
  • Fluid support to prevent dehydration
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Bone-strengthening medications
  • Antibiotics to fight or prevent infection
  • Injections to promote stimulation of blood cell development
  • Infusions of blood and blood products

How long will my treatment last?

This depends on the medication that you are to receive and on specific guidelines from your physician. Treatments range from 30 minutes to 8 hours. Ask your doctor for an estimated treatment time.

Can I bring family/friends with me?

Absolutely. Our space is limited so we ask that you bring only one person with you. Also, please do not bring children under the age of 14 years as some of the medications administered may be harmful.

Do I have to have a driver come with me?

Some of the medications may cause drowsiness so we may ask you to have a driver attend with you.

Can I eat and drink the day of my treatment?

Yes. We encourage you to eat and drink as you normally would. You may also bring food with you. If you are not allowed to eat due to a particular blood test or exam, we will communicate that information to you.

Provider Referrals

Providers may refer patients by sending a fax to one of our care locations:

South Portland: 207-661-0299
Sanford: 207-661-8537
Brunswick: 207-373-2271

Managing Therapies that Target Cancer Precisely

In this video, Medical Oncologist Roger Inhorn, MD, PhD, discusses how targeting treatments has immersed in the evolving landscape of cancer care.