Sometimes the best medicine is understanding, support, and being able to borrow from the experience of others. So, physicians and staff at Eastern Maine Medical Center encourage participation in support groups. Support group participants say the most important benefit is "knowing I'm not alone." The chance to share perspectives with others going through similar experiences makes the process more manageable.
We invite you to learn more about the support groups and educational programs available through Cancer Care of Maine:
Cancer Care of Maine - Open Support Group
Cancer Care of Maine - Us Too Support Group (for prostate cancer patients)
New to Chemo Education Class
Look Good, Feel Better
Living Well with Cancer - An Adaptation of the American Cancer Society's
"I Can Cope" Series
Support Groups in the Community
There are also a number of support groups throughout the Bangor region and beyond. View a list of Support Groups and activities in your community.
Eastern Maine Medical Center maintains a cancer registry. Our staff records cancer diagnoses as well as information pertinent to the diagnosis and care progress all of which is reported to the State of Maine. The registry follows individuals from the time of diagnosis through treatment and their years beyond treatment. The registry tracks the incidence and types of cancer diagnosed and treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center.
As a requirement of our accreditation through the American College of Surgeons – Commission on Cancer, we produce an annual Report on Cancer highlighting the trends we experience at EMMC.
For a report, simply click on the year you’d like to review – 2012, 2011 , 2009 & 2010 , 2008 , 2007, 2006, 2005.
To assure excellence in care, the registry hosts a weekly interdisciplinary physician case review. The review team consists of pathologists, radiologists, surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, genetics staff, primary care physicians, research staff, nursing and social work. Physicians are welcome to refer cases and can oftentimes participate via interactive television. Allied health professionals are welcome to attend also. Meetings are held Wednesdays, 7:30 to 8:30 am in Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Governance Room. Providers interested in learning more about the registry, or to make a referral, can contact 207-973-7483 or email@example.com
Resource Information Links
For more information about cancer – we recommend visiting the following websites:
American Cancer Society
Cancer Care of Maine's Report on Cancer
Colon Cancer Alliance
Expert Information about Symptoms and Treatment of Prostate Cancer
Komen For the Cure
Lance Armstrong Foundation
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lung Cancer Alliance
Maine Breast Cancer Coalition
Maine Cancer Consortium
Maine Institute for Human Genetics and Health
Mesothelioma Cancer Center
National Brain Tumor Foundation
National Cancer Institute
National Coalition of Cancer Survivors
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Ovarian Cancer Alliance
US Too - Prostate Cancer
Young Adults Affected by Cancer
Young Women with Breast Cancer