At New England Cancer Specialists, we know that each of our patients has a unique cancer journey, with unique challenges and stories. We believe that sharing these stories can inspire and support others, no matter what their diagnosis or where they are in the process.
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Alexandra had never smoked her entire 35 years when she went to her regular doctor with a lingering cough and difficulties breathing. She was diagnosed with asthma. When the cough continued, a chest x-ray and broncoscopy determined that she actually had Stage IV lung cancer.
Alexandra on a road trip with husband, Ryan, to Big Sur, CA
Pat with his partner, Cathy Conn
Since first being diagnosed in 2016, Pat Farrin and his doctors have been battling his renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer, using all the tools available: several medications, a clinical trial, immunotherapy, and now targeted medicine.
A 30-year employee at Bath Iron Works (BIW), by 2016 Kenny had developed arthritis. Like many men, he was not inclined to seek medical attention—even when he noticed that his pain relievers routinely scratched his throat on the way down.
"When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I figured the doctors would just tell me what to do. But I actually got to make the key decisions."
When Roy Jenkins was diagnosed with cancer, he was given less than two years to live. So when Dr. David Benton told Roy about a clinical trial he could participate in at our Topsham office, Roy figured, "What do I have to lose?"
Roy, lung cancer patient.
Chris with Dr. John Winters
"Chris was diagnosed with a somewhat rare form of lymphoma, so we chose New England Cancer Specialists for the very best care,” his wife, Janice, explains.
"I ignored a small lump on my right breast for a month—even when it became painful to touch—because, of course, men don't get breast cancer!
Ron, breast cancer patient.
Kit, colon cancer patient.
“In 2017, my routine 10-year colonoscopy found a nasty surprise: a large tumor right next to my appendix. A follow-up CT scan showed it to be colorectal cancer, and because it had metastasized, chemo could not eradicate it."
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33, I was shocked. But I could tell from my first visit to NECS, they've done this before. They started me on chemotherapy less than two weeks after my diagnosis, and have provided tremendous support through the whole process, including surgeries."
Sarah, breast cancer patient.
Cheryl, pancreatic cancer survivor, with her husband, Arnie.
“Dr. Ilyas and his team used every tool to make sure I’m cancer-free. It wasn’t easy, but now I’m back working with Arnie in our lawn business."
When Ben was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood, he initially went out of state for treatment. “But it was a long drive, and I always had to wait. So I was thrilled when New England Cancer Specialists opened their office in Kennebunk. They always make me feel important.”
Dr. Kurt Ebrahim (right) leads the team at NECS that manages Ben’s myeloma.
Tracy, breast cancer patient, with her daughter, Parker.
“I came to New England Cancer Specialists for a second opinion, on the advice of a friend, and today I’m glad I did.
“I’d had a routine mammogram, and got a call afterwards, which is also routine for me because of my issue density. But this was different: they did a biopsy and found I had breast cancer...