The Cancer Care Center at Pen Bay Medical Center provides cancer treatment and support, detection and diagnosis, plus a full range of educational and counseling services. The Center is staffed by an on-site, board-certified hematologist / oncologist, a social worker dedicated to the unique needs of cancer patients, nurses with a special interest in caring for patients with cancer, several of whom have certification in oncology nursing and a certified tumor registrar. The Center provides outpatient oncology and hematology care services to adults eighteen years and older.
The Cancer Care Center of Pen Bay Medical Center is a community cancer center accredited by the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, a distinction we have had since 1979. We are also members in the Association of Community Cancer Centers (the current president of the association is our very own Virginia Vaitones). www.accc-cancer.org The center provides IV chemotherapy and other infusion treatments. The center has access to all other Pen Bay departments such as pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, respiratory and other medical staff resources in order to provide coordinated and efficient delivery of care to our patients. Any patient requiring chemotherapy as in-patient is provided care by the center staff in coordination with the inpatient staff. The center actively participates in a variety of community outreach activities and we work collaboratively with other departments to coordinate these programs and services. As our center does not offer radiation services we work closely with two centers that provide radiation to our patients. As they are both quite a distance there is a gas card program available, free transportation and free rides on the ferries that travel in from the Island communities. Our patients are always offered second opinions and participation in clinical trials, when indicated so we take great responsibility to ensure that the patient and their family is referred to the cancer center that will best meet their needs. Coordination and follow-up of care is part of the care that the cancer center provides. As a member of the Maine Health Family, we are collaborating together to meet the needs of our cancer patients through innovative programming i.e.; regional nurse navigator, regional tumor boards and access to genetic counseling. Our goal is to provide the best, most up to date cancer care to our patients so they can remain in their community.
Cancer Support Groups: For information about cancer care support groups offered at PBMC, please contact Ginny Vaitones, MSW, at 596-8977. Breast Prosthesis: For information about breast prosthesis and mastectomy supplies, please contact Ginny Vaitones, MSW, at 596-8977. Visit the MaineHealth Cancer Resource Center to learn more about resources in Maine and in our area. FMI:
- American Cancer Society www.cancer.org
- National Cancer Institute www.cancer.gov
- Commission on Cancer www.facs.org/cancer
Pen Bay Medical Center Cancer Registry provides data management services to comply with the national Institutes of Health and the State of Maine reporting regulations for the National Cancer Database.
- Click here to read the 2012 PBMC Cancer Registry document (PDF, new window)
- Click here to read the 2011 PBMC Cancer Registry document (PDF, new window)
- Click here to read the 2010 PBMC Cancer Registry document (PDF, new window)
- Click here to read the 2009 PBMC Cancer Registry document (PowerPoint, new window)
Multiple sclerosis affects approximately 130/100,000 persons nationwide, and is estimated to have a much higher rate in Maine. It is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that results in injury to the nerves, and often leads to disability over time. Multiple Sclerosis typically starts in the early 30’s, however can present at other ages. Factors that predispose to developing MS include genetics, environment (UV light and vitamin D exposure), and infection (mononucleosis for example). It can affect a few, or many functions, including vision, cognition, strength, sensation, coordination, mood, bladder and bowel function, sexual function, and walking. Often, the symptoms can resemble other conditions, so having a dedicated neurologist and MS team is helpful. Luckily, there are a multitude of therapies nowadays that are available for those who suffer from mild to severe disease, as well as to treat the troublesome symptoms.
Pen Bay Neurology offers all of the leading-edge therapies in a pleasant and caring community hospital setting, with a dedicated MS team. The MS multidisciplinary team includes a neurologist/fellowship-trained MS Specialist, MS Clinical Care Coordinator, Rehabilitation therapists (physical, occupational and speech), Urology, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Psychiatry and Social work. The Pen Bay Clinical Trials Unit participates in MS and neurological research. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care in a friendly and compassionate environment.
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The Stroke Center at Pen Bay Medical Center isn’t a room. It’s a system of stroke care – a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to collaborative treatment and healing. It’s a patient-centered focus on stroke detection and management across the entire healthcare spectrum, from emergency medical services through rehabilitation. Everyone — from emergency medical technicians in the community who will respond to a 911 call for an ambulance to the doctors and nurses in every department at Pen Bay Medical Center; the physical therapists and the pharmacists at the Pen Bay dispensary and the personnel who handle home-care visits: We’ve covered all elements of stroke care in a center approved by The Joint Commission (TJC). And we’re proud to say that Pen Bay is one of four certified Primary Care Stroke Centers in Maine. Pen Bay treats between 160 and 180 patients for stroke each year. Nationally, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 45 seconds – that’s approximately 700,000 people annually, according to the American Heart Association. It’s important to remember that stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you’re with experiences signs of a stroke, call 911 right away. Precious minutes can save precious lives. What are the signs and symptoms of stroke?
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
A person experiencing warning signs of stroke may have only one, or seveal of these warning signs. Medical treatment should be sought immediately when any of these warning signs suddenly appear.