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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. Our goal is to provide the best, most up-to-date cancer care to our patients, while allowing them to stay close to home.
The Center is staffed by onsite, board-certified hematologist/oncologists and an oncology certified nurse practitioner. Our nurses have a special interest in cancer and many are oncology certified nurses. Our oncology certified social worker is dedicated to the unique needs of cancer patients.
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 of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (the past president of the association is our very own Ginny Vaitones). www.accc-cancer.org
- The center has access to all other Pen Bay Medical Center departments such as pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, respiratory and other resources in order to provide coordinated and efficient delivery of care to our patients.
- The center actively participates in a variety of community outreach activities and we work collaboratively with other departments to coordinate these programs and services.
- We work closely with two centers that provide radiation to our patients. Because of the distance, there is a gas card program available and free transportation/free rides on the ferries that travel in from the island communities.
- We feel that clinical trials are an important part of cancer care. We have a dedicated nurse who screens all patients for eligibility in a clinical trial. We work closely with both Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Cancer Care of Maine in Brewer to ensure that patients have access to the appropriate trials.
- Coordination and follow up is part of the care that the cancer center provides. As a member of the MaineHealth 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.
- We have also developed a survivorship program, helping patients who have completed treatment understand their unique medical history and follow up plan.
For information about cancer care support groups offered at PBMC or breast prosthesis and mastectomy supplies, please contact Ginny Vaitones, MSW, at 921-8977. Visit the MaineHealth Cancer Resource Center to learn more about resources in Maine and in our area. Additional resources:
- 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.
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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.