Sharing our stories, sharing our hope.

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.

If you would like to share the story of your cancer journey with us and other patients, please click here to learn more.

Alexandra Babcock

"As a non-smoker, I was shocked to get lung cancer. But as a NECS patient, I am really, really happy about my prognosis."

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. 

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Alexandra on a road trip with husband, Ryan, to Big Sur, CA

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Pat with his partner, Cathy Conn

Pat Farrin

“When they found my tumors had actually shrunk, everyone in the treatment room gave me a hug."

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.

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Kenny Ames

“Once I talked to Dr. Eleni Nackos and her team, I felt I had a real good chance to pull through."

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. 

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Diane Engel

“Dr. Nackos really gets how a woman feels going through breast cancer."

"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."

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Roy Jenkins

“A clinical trial at New England Cancer Specialists has given me five extra years...and counting."

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?"

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Roy, lung cancer patient.

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Chris with Dr. John Winters


Chris St. John

“My doctor saved my life. Our Financial Advocate saved our family."

"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.

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Ron Richards

“If you thought, 'men don't get breast cancer,' it's time to think again."

"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! 

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Ron, breast cancer patient.

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Kit, colon cancer patient. 

Kit Pfieffer

“Thanks to immunotherapy treatment 
at New England Cancer Specialists, 
I have cancer but I'm not even sick!"

“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."

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Sarah Emerson

“My team at New England Cancer Specialists feels almost like family."

“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."

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Sarah, breast cancer patient. 

Cheryl, Pancreatic Cancer Survivor, with her husband, Arnie
Cheryl, pancreatic cancer survivor, with her husband, Arnie.

Cheryl Clark

“I was scared at first. But once my NECS team went to work, I knew I wasn't alone."

“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."

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Ben Valentino

“There, they barely knew my name. 
Here, they treat me like a VIP."

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.”

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Ben Valentino and Dr. Kurt Ebrahim
Dr. Kurt Ebrahim (right) leads the team at NECS that manages Ben’s myeloma.

Tracy T. with her daughter Parker
Tracy, breast cancer patient, with her daughter, Parker.

Tracy Thibodeau

“I wondered, who's going to be there for my daughter? Until I came to New England Cancer Specialists. Now I have hope!”

“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... 

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