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Maine Hospital Chosen As ‘Model’ Prostate Cancer Program

Maine Medical Center’s Cancer Institute in Scarborough participates in national prostate cancer project

July 21, 2009

Scarborough, ME – Maine Medical Center’s Cancer Institute in Scarborough is one of five cancer programs in the nation selected to participate in the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ (ACCC) Prostate Cancer “Best Practices” Project. Maine Medical Center was chosen as a model program for its multidisciplinary approach to prostate cancer care, open communication, and patient access to state-of-the-art treatment within the community.

“The need for education and support for prostate cancer care is clearly unmet in many communities across the country,” said ACCC Executive Director Christian Downs, JD, MHA. “ACCC’s new Prostate Cancer Project is designed to help cancer centers develop successful community-based prostate-specific cancer programs.”

Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute was recognized because it empowers patients with information and knowledge about choices, matches the prostate cancer program to identified needs in the community, coordinates multidisciplinary services starting with diagnosis, and collects standardized treatment outcomes data. These components, among others, are critical to the success of prostate-specific cancer care programs.

As part of ACCC’s Prostate Cancer “Best Practices” Project, information about the Maine Medical Center’s prostate cancer program will be shared with cancer centers across the country.

Prostate cancer will be one of the fastest growing cancers treated in the community setting in the next ten years. This form of cancer is unique in that there are equally effective, mutually exclusive treatment options. Some men may believe that there is only one option available to them until they search the Internet or speak with their family and friends. Sadly, others continue to think that they have only one treatment option for prostate cancer throughout their continuum of care.

A new or recurrent diagnosis often results in men feeling confused.  Increasingly, men diagnosed with prostate cancer are seeking out programs that provide disease-specific information regarding treatment options and focus on the unique issues surrounding the disease. They are opting for greater support as they navigate the health care maze. ACCC’s project will provide cancer centers across the country with a better understanding of the success factors necessary to develop a targeted prostate cancer program in their community. The selection of Maine Medical Center’s prostate cancer program provides a model for other national cancer programs and serves as a resource for northern New England prostate cancer patients and their families.

In addition to Maine Medical Center, the other four model programs selected were: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.; Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, Calif.; and Regional Cancer Center, ProHealth Care, Waukesha, Wisc. In the second phase of this project, five sites will be chosen for on-site education about the process and structures that model community-based prostate-specific cancer programs have used to initiate and grow successful prostate cancer programs.

The Prostate Cancer Best Practices Project is funded by an educational grant from Sanofi-Aventis. Education is provided in consultation with The Pritchard Group.

ACCC provides a national forum for addressing issues that affect community cancer programs, such as regulatory and legislative issues, measurements of the quality of care, and clinical research. Its unique membership of more than 670 hospital cancer programs and oncology private practices includes all members of the cancer care team: medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, cancer program administrators and medical directors, pharmacists, oncology nurses, oncology social workers, and cancer program data managers.  For more information, visit ACCC’s website at www.accc-cancer.org .

Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine. For more information, visit www.mmc.org .

Contact:
Adriano Ciccomancini
Marketing Manager
Maine Medical Center
(207) 662-5032
ciccoa@mmc.org
 
Don Jewler
ACCC, Director of Communications
(301) 984.9496, ext. 208
djewler@accc-cancer.org

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