OCT
19

Chemotherapy Safety in Bangladesh

NECS President on Medical Mission
NECS President and lead physician Dr. Tracey F. Weisberg is on a medical mission trip to Bangladesh, offering care to breast cancer patients, and medical education to physicians. She will share some of her experiences here.
Chemotherapy Safety in Bangladesh
OCT
17

Day Four In Bangladesh

NECS President on Medical Mission
NECS President and lead physician Dr. Tracey F. Weisberg is on a medical mission trip to Bangladesh, offering care to breast cancer patients, and medical education to physicians. She is sharing some of her experience here on our blog.
Day Four In Bangladesh
OCT
17

Breast Cancer Mission in Bangladesh

NECS President travels to offer help
NECS President and lead physician Dr. Tracey F. Weisberg is on a medical mission trip to Bangladesh, offering care to breast cancer patients, and medical education to physicians. She will share some of her experiences here.
Breast Cancer Mission in Bangladesh
JUL
27

The Future of Cancer Research

What’s next for cancer research and treatment?

Our Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Christian Thomas, sees quality, personal medicine, and immunotherapy as three key areas of promise, innovation, and change.

Enhanced Quality

In July 2016, NECS was selected to participate in the oncology care model (OCM), a new government-sponsored quality program for cancer care. Practices participating in this model will provide additional quality information such as screening for depression and pain, advanced directive planning, and how to best provide...

JUL
20

Roy's Story

Participating in a Clinical Trial

Roy remembers the day he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He was told that he had about a year and a half or two years, and so he started getting his affairs in order.

That was five years ago.

After beginning standard chemotherapy treatment at New England Cancer Specialists in July of 2012, Roy experienced some of the common side effects, such as nausea. But the treatment only slowed the progress of his disease. It did not reduce the size of his tumor, or stop the progression of his...

JUL
13

The Jackson Laboratory, NECS, and the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative

Expanding Genomic Knowledge in Cancer Treatment

Truly personalized cancer treatment requires a comprehensive understanding of a specific tumor’s “molecular fingerprint.” Treatments designed specifically for each patient’s tumor are often called “precision medicine,” and have been found to be more effective with fewer side effects. Up until recently, the technology to analyze a patient’s tumor on a molecular level was not available outside of a research study. 

The Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI) is a statewide...

The Jackson Laboratory, NECS, and the Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative
JUL
06

Research Month - Our History of Innovation

Clinical Trials at NECS

New England Cancer Specialists has a long and rich experience of participating in oncology clinical trials here in Maine. The research program began in 1982 when NECS, then known as the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, began participating in grant funded research studies. Not long after, in 1988, NECS participated in our first National Cancer Institute (NCI) cooperative group study, with one of the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine’s first physicians, Dr. Delvin Case, as the principal...

JUL
11

The Oncology Care Model at New England Cancer Specialists

By Tracey F. Weisberg MD
Since New England Cancer Specialists was founded in 1978, our physicians have been committed to the continuous improvement of our practice and our services to benefit our patients.
The Oncology Care Model at New England Cancer Specialists
MAY
18

Wellness Workshops in Scarborough

By Stephanie McLeod-Estevez
It’s exciting to announce a new partnership between New England Cancer Specialists and Creative Transformations, LLC to provide a series of workshops for cancer patients and their loved ones.
Wellness Workshops in Scarborough
MAR
29

You Are What You Eat: The Buzz on Coffee

By Suzanne Berlin, DO
For the first time, the report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, (DGAC), stated that drinking coffee could be part of a healthy diet. According to the guidelines the following statements have been made (see guideline for complete list of statements).
You Are What You Eat: The Buzz on Coffee