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Maine Children's Cancer Program
 
Maine Children's Cancer Program
Big Cancer Care Resources for the Littlest of Patients


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The Maine Children's Cancer Program (MCCP), the pediatric cancer program of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, provides the state’s most comprehensive diagnostic and treatment resources for children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. With four board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric hematology/oncology physicians, a nurse practitioner, and a team of specialized nurses (the majority of whom have achieved certification as Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurses), social workers and research associates (the majority certified by the Society of Clinical Research Associates, or SoCRA), the MCCP offers a wealth of services to young patients and their families in a caring and close-to-home setting.

In addition to providing expert clinical care for children with cancer, the MCCP has an exceptionally strong research program. It is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) – the premier childhood cancer research organization with more than 2,000 physician-members worldwide. MCCP is actively involved in clinical research trials through COG which offer young patients access to the latest and best therapies under investigation.

This is significant because treatment provided through clinical trials has increased the cure rate for childhood cancer from less than 10 percent in the 1950s to nearly 80 percent today. As a member of these research cooperatives, MCCP is able to offer children in northern New England the same innovative treatments available at such renowned institutions as the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – but in a convenient, closer-to-home location.

Recognizing that a child’s cancer diagnosis affects the family on many levels, MCCP provides extensive support resources to the entire family. Three pediatric oncology social workers with considerable experience in counseling children, siblings and parents provide age-appropriate guidance, compassion and hope.

Notably, our pediatric oncologists serve on the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine, teaching Pediatrics residents at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. As teachers of the next generation of physicians, they remain on the leading edge of their specialty – ensuring that your child benefits from the most current knowledge and the latest treatment advances.