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
MAR
01

An Unexpected Sound in the Cancer Clinic

By Jennifer Turcotte
You might hear it in the waiting room between the receptionist and a patient checking in. You may hear it in the lab between a medical assistant and a patient about to get her blood drawn. You may hear this sound seeping out from under the exam room door; the sound may erupt between the nurse practitioner and a patient. 
An Unexpected Sound in the Cancer Clinic
DEC
09

Research Update: Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer Offers New Hope

By Patrick McAlary
It is an exciting time in oncology research here at New England Cancer Specialists, particularly in the area of Immuno-Oncology. I wanted to bring your attention to the quickly evolving field of immunotherapy as a treatment for lung cancer.
Research Update: Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer Offers New Hope
NOV
24

Gratitude

By Tracey F. Weisberg MD
It seems only appropriate that at this time of year, we take a moment to reflect upon Gratitude.
Gratitude
NOV
04

Immuno-Oncology – A New Frontier

By Steven D'Amato, R.Ph., BCOP
Immuno-Oncology (I-O) is a rapidly developing area of science and treatment that focuses on harnessing the ability of the immune system to fight cancer. The current pillars of cancer treatment incorporate radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy/targeted therapy, with the goal of targeting the tumor and inducing complete or partial responses. Immuno-Oncology is different as it uses the natural ability of the patient’s own immune system to fight the cancer.
Immuno-Oncology – A New Frontier