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Back in 2005, Chris Kuhn and his colleague and friend Dave Langdon were trying to come up with a name for a celebratory lobster bake and bike ride they planned to host. They settled on Not Dead Yet, straight out of one of Chris’s favorite movies, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The Cancer Community Center Connection […]
In 1996, Dr. B. Joseph Semmes, who goes by the name Joe, learned that he had a type of cancer of the pancreas called pNET or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Not only is it rare — seen in approximately one percent of pancreatic cancers and three in one million of all cancers diagnosed — it’s also less aggressive […]
What’s in a name? Quite a bit believes the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine and Blood Disorders in Scarborough. The practice was founded in 1978 by Dr. Ronald Carroll, Maine’s first medical oncologist. Today the private group practice has 13 cancer specialists on its staff. On any given day they will see from 150 to […]
Two years ago, 43-year-old Maine firefighter Mike Nixon was diagnosed with malignant melanoma — the most dangerous form of skin cancer. “I had a spot develop in a weird place on my ear,” he says. “It wasn’t on top where you’d think people would get skin cancer, where there is sun exposure. It was up near the top […]
I was at a meeting recently at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland and happened to notice two women painting brightly colored designs on a child’s rocking chair. Curious, I poked my head through the door to get a closer look. Longtime Cancer Community Center volunteers Marcia Gelkey and Pat Deignan were putting finishing […]
Becky Lyle knew enough to get regular screenings for cancer of the cervix, including a Pap test, and she always did. A Pap test is recommended every three years for average-risk women between the ages of 21 and 65. Beginning at age 30, HPV testing is also recommended. Becky had had one abnormal Pap test […]
When Jane Staley was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the early 90s, she looked for a place where she could connect with other people dealing with cancer. She didn’t find what she was looking for, so with help from a group of friends, business and community leaders, cancer professionals and cancer survivors, she created a […]