Video Series Speaks to How Prostate Cancer Affects Families
A series of six 30-minute videos about prostate cancer and its effect on the lives of Maine men and their families have been produced by the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer (MCFPC) and Time Warner Cable of Maine. We hope to continue producing more of these videos on this important topic in the future.
Coalition Speakers' Bureau
The MCFPC is dedicated to ending the devastating impact of prostate cancer on men, their loved ones, and the State of Maine. One of the ways that we can do this is to talk to members of our communities. Read more about the Speakers' Bureau...
This is a special opportunity for your community organization, church group, fraternal club, or veterans’ organization to become informed about prostate cancer.
Low Cost Healthcare Options
The MCFPC recently added a resource for Mainers looking for low cost healthcare options. The resource page includes lists and contact information for Federally Qualified Health Centers, HealthReach and Maine's Sliding Scale Clinics. Go to the Low Cost Healthcare Options page.
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute Prostate & Other Genitourinary Cancer Clinical Patient Navigator
Weighing the risks and benefits of prostate cancer treatment is difficult for both patients and physicians.
This is especially true at a time when you are still reeling from your recent diagnosis. To help patients make the most informed and timely treatment decisions, Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute provides a dedicated full-time nurse who serves as a Prostate & Other Genitourinary Cancer Clinical Patient Navigator.
For patients newly-diagnosed with prostate or other genitourinary cancer, the Clinical Patient Navigator serves as an information resource to help them understand their diagnosis and treatment options.
Once you have a good understanding of your diagnosis, stage and treatment options, the navigator will focus on making sure you are aware of the risks and benefits of each treatment option.
Key elements of the Clinical Patient Navigator’s role include:
- Guiding patients through the health care system, establishing rapport with newly-diagnosed cancer patients, family members, loved ones, and caregivers
- Conducting meaningful discussions with patients following their initial consultations with physicians in Urology, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Oncology
- Actively identifying and addressing barriers to care that might keep you from receiving timely and appropriate treatment for your cancer diagnosis (barriers may include health insurance/financial concerns, transportation to and from treatment, physical/psychosocial needs, communication/cultural needs, or disease management)
- Connecting patients with resources, health care and support services in their communities
- Assisting the patient in the transition from active treatment to survivorship
There is no charge to patients for this service , and you may call or visit the Clinical Patient Navigator as many times as you need in order to feel comfortable and confident about their treatment decision.
Jennifer R. Powers, MS, BSN, CCRC
Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute
Clinical Patient Navigator for Genitourinary Cancer
100 Campus Drive, Unit 102
Scarborough, Maine 04074
Maine State Wellness Website
KeepMEWell is a new website designed to help Maine residents assess their risk for chronic disease, improve their health through education, and link them to local resources and supports that can help them decrease their risk of chronic disease and improve their health. It is part of the Governor's Universal Wellness Initiative aimed at helping Maine reach its goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.
KeepMEWell has two main features. The first is an assessment that Maine residents, 18 years or older, can complete. Based on your answers to a series of health questions, you will get three personalized reports. The reports assess your risk for chronic disease, highlight where you can take action to improve your health, and provide a list of local resources in your area that can help with disease prevention and management.
The second feature helps Mainers, especially those who are uninsured or underinsured, learn about low cost healthcare services in their local area.
Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing offers Financial Resource Counseling
Medical bills and other financial challenges are often a significant concern for cancer patients. To help patients navigate the financial challenges that cancer can bring, the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing is offering the services of a qualified Financial Resource Counselor as an integral part of the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center care team. More information about this service.