Cancer Treatment Outcome Data

 A new initiative among scientific researchers is the collection and analysis of cancer treatment outcome data.

This process will result in the practice of best evidence-based medicine. Begun several years ago under the auspices of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (the NCCN is made up of 17 well known comprehensive cancer centers among them the Dana-Farber, Sloan Kettering, M. D. Anderson, and City of Hope), data is collected and analyzed. Practice guidelines are issued and updated annually.

In 2000 the NCCN offered the southern Maine area an opportunity to submit community cancer data through an affiliation with the Dana-Farber. In January of 2001 the area physicians organized into Maine Cancer Physicians Organization (MCPO). The MCPO together with four hospitals formed Maine Comprehensive Cancer Care (MCCC), opened an office, hired staff and began to collect data. Data collection is technologically sophisticated resulting in hardware and software needs, while MCPO member physicians and hospitals pay dues they need for additional support was met by the Maine Cancer Foundation, $50,000 and the Davis Family Foundation, $50,000.

To date, baseline data on nearly 200 breast cancer patients has been collected, verified, and submitted. Breast cancer is the first cancer to be investigated in this study. Others will follow. Contact: Donna Whitten, RN, MCCC Outcome Data Manager, 828-1758


Maine Comprehensive Cancer Care
Donna Whitten, RN
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Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2001 Cancer Treatment Outcome Data $50,000 Research Maine Comprehensive Cancer Care