Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute is nationally recognized for outstanding cancer care. Our patients have access to leading-edge treatment options, including clinical trials. Our clinical team, comprised of Maine Medical Center and community-based physicians specializing in cancer care, includes Board certified and fellowship-trained medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and surgeons, as well as oncology-certified nurses and clinical patient navigators.
We have a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. Specialists work as a team to plan and coordinate the patient’s treatment, to involve the patient and family in the treatment planning and care, and to improve the patient’s quality of life. Clinical patient navigators work to ensure patients and their loved ones have access to all the information they need to make the most informed and timely decisions about their treatment. They partner with patients to help coordinate care and access support resources such as nutritional counseling, support groups, home health and palliative care.
Our outcomes meet or exceed national measures:
- We care for more than 3,000 people with cancer annually – more than any other hospital in the state.
- We hold three national accreditations that require we uphold rigorous standards:
- American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer
- American College of Radiology Radiation Oncology
- National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
- 8 disease-specific multidisciplinary tumor boards meet regularly to review cases and develop recommendations for treatment plans.
- 11 disease-specific patient navigators support patients and their families throughout their cancer journey.
- An array of supportive services includes dieticians who specializes in nutritional counseling for people undergoing cancer treatment, and social workers and financial counselors who remove barriers to accessing cancer care in a timely fashion.