Maine Medical Center's Cancer Institute Earns
High Marks for Prostate Cancer Care
Region's First Guide on Clinical Outcomes Data Sheds New Light on Outstanding Cancer Care
Scarborough - Maine Medical Center is the first hospital in the region to publish a clinical outcomes data and referral guide. The purpose of the guide is to provide detailed information to the local referring health care community about the depth and breadth of services available at Maine Medical Center and to help facilitate collaboration between specialties - ultimately improving patient care. The first guide in the series is focused on prostate cancer and subsequent guides will highlight other cancers, such as lung and breast, commonly treated at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute.
Maine Medical Center's Cancer Institute has been prospectively collecting outcomes data on prostate cancer since 1998. "Our Prostate Cancer Database is a dynamic measurement tool that uses a standardized approach to collect quality of life indicators beyond the standard cancer registry data set, including information on pre- and post-treatment quality-of-life parameters, such as urinary, bowel, and sexual dysfunction," says Dr. Mortiz Hansen, Medical Director of the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute Genitourinary Cancer Program.
The database includes data from nearly 2,000 patients and consists of demographics, treatment-specific complication rates and quality-of-life outcomes. Patients managed with surgery, radiation therapy, and with active surveillance are all followed in the same manner.
Nurses and physicians collect these data from the urology and radiation oncology practices at each patient visit. The complexity of data interpretation, informed decision making, and individualized treatment requires much coordination and cooperation.
Clinical outcome data are stratified by age, management option, and follow-up interval. The data are then integrated into the workflow of the hospital's tumor registry. At the Prostate Cancer Workgroup's quarterly meeting, outcome data are reviewed and then reported annually to Maine Medical Center's Cancer Institute Steering Committee.
"Community prostate cancer referral centers have an obligation not only to record the care that is provided to patients, but also to communicate this information back to referring physicians," says Hansen. "We included our outcomes data in our 2009 Prostate Cancer Quality Report on Clinical Outcomes and plan to send it to referring physicians in Maine."
The 2009 Prostate Cancer Quality Report on Clinical Outcomes provides an overview of Maine Medical Center's Cancer Institute, an in-depth look at clinical outcomes and a review of program-related people and services that make it all possible.
The guide comes on the heels of being selected as one of five model prostate cancer programs in the nation by the Association of Community Cancer Centers' (ACCC). 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.
"We are truly honored and proud of the recent recognition from the ACCC," says Hansen. "Our intention has always been to provide world-class cancer care for our patients and this recognition as well as the publishing our clinical outcomes is the result of a lot of hard work put in by many different people."
The guide will to be mailed to all primary care physicians and select specialists in Maine on August 26th. To view the guide, please visit the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute's website at: http://www.mmc.org/CancerInstituteOutcomes
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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
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