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The Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

Surgical Oncology

Surgical oncology focuses on the surgical management of cancer. With more subspecialty-trained oncology surgeons that any other hospital in Maine, the MMC Cancer Institute offers the greatest depth and breadth of surgical oncology expertise Cancer surgery at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institutein the state. As a referral center for some of the most complex cancer cases in the area, this expertise allows us to offer much-needed hope to patients and their families - in a convenient and close-to-home setting.

Outcomes in surgical cancer care are positively associated with surgeon volume. In other words, the more cancer cases a surgeon treats, the more proficient he or she becomes, and patients experience improved survival rates as a result. The MMC Cancer Institute's oncology surgeons perform more of every type of cancer surgery than any other hospital in Maine - a volume level that translates into patient outcomes that consistently meet or exceed national benchmarks.

Led by a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist, the MMCCI surgical oncology team also performs some of the most advanced procedures in all of New England. In fact, MMC is the only hospital in the entire Northeast to perform intraperitoneal hyperthermic chemoperfusion (IHCP), a cutting-edge treatment option for certain abdominal tumors.

In addition, MMC is the only hospital in Maine to provide such surgical oncology resources as: 

  • Comprehensive surgical treatment for both primary and metastatic liver and pancreatic cancer
  • Comprehensive treatment of colorectal cancer by the only three board-certified colorectal surgeons in Maine and other skilled oncology surgeons

What also sets the MMC Cancer Institute apart is our multidisciplinary approach to patient care. We recognize that effective cancer care requires more specialist interaction than any other field of medicine. We not only have all the specialists for treating cancer right here, in one place, but we've also created an infrastructure that facilitates their ability to collaborate on each patient's care.

The MMCCI has numerous tumor boards - groups of specialists who meet regularly to discuss how to best manage the care of individuals who have a specific type of cancer. Our oncology surgeons attend the tumor board meetings that correspond to their specialty area, working with medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists registered nurses, social workers and other clinicians on the optimal plan of care for each patient.

To further enhance the quality of patient care available at Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute, we are engaged in clinical research to advance surgical methods of diagnosing and treating cancer. Clinical trials relating to liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, and IHCP are currently underway - giving patients access to new treatments here that may not be available at other hospitals.

Types of cancer treated by oncology surgeons at MMC:

  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Biliary
  • Gastric
  • Esophageal
  • Colorectal
  • Melanoma and sarcoma
  • Breast

Why MMC is the region's hospital of choice for surgical oncology

  • Close-to-home access the most advanced and comprehensive surgical oncology program in Maine, with a level of subspecialty care that is unrivaled in the state
  • Access to a full complement of the most advanced surgical procedures and techniques performed by exceptionally qualified and experienced surgeons
  • Clinical outcomes that are consistently excellent compared to national benchmarks - and based on the largest surgical volume in Maine
  • A truly multidisciplinary approach to care, with tumor boards that meet regularly and bring together all the appropriate specialists to help determine the optimal course of treatment for each patient
  • Clinical trials that can give patients access to novel treatments that may not be available at other hospitals

Contact information

Casco Bay Surgery
Casco Bay Surgery is a general-surgery specialty group that provides skilled care for most general surgical conditions including breast, colorectal and other gastrointestinal issues. All its members are certified by the American Board of Surgery, and have established expertise in minimally invasive approaches to surgical disorders.

Casco Bay Surgery
10 Andover Road
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 761.6642

Maine Medical Partners - Surgical Care
This team of 11 experienced and board-qualified surgeons provides state-of-the-art vascular, general, breast, oncologic, laparoscopic and transplantation surgery at Maine Medical Center.

Maine Medical Partners - Surgical Care
887 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102
(207) 774.6368



Patient and Family Services at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute


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