The Maine Lung Cancer Prevention and Screening (Maine LungCAPS) Initiative

In June 2016, Maine Cancer Foundation awarded Maine Medical Center a $400,000 grant over four years for The Maine Lung Cancer Prevention and Screening (Maine LungCAPS) Initiative.  Maine LungCAPS is a multi-institution, multi-disciplinary collaboration of Maine health care providers and stakeholders.


The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation has awarded a $5 million grant to Maine Medical Center for the creation of a statewide initiative to improve the prevention and early detection of lung cancer in Maine, where incidence rates and deaths due to lung cancer are among the highest in the nation. Maine Cancer Foundation is the primary co-funder for the project with a grant of $400,000. The Maine Economic Improvement Fund, through the University of Southern Maine, will contribute $200,000 to the project.


Lung cancer, one of the most common malignancies and the leading cause of cancer mortality nationwide, disproportionately affects residents of Maine. The state’s high smoking rate, its rurality and geographic barriers to health care access, and naturally occurring environmental risks all contribute to the lung cancer burden.

The overarching aim of the Maine LungCAPS Initiative is to develop the infrastructure required to implement and disseminate evidence-based lung cancer prevention and early detection services, and facilitate early referrals for treatment of lung cancer patients across the state. A central focus of the Maine LungCAPS Initiative is to expand access to lung cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment services for vulnerable, rural, underserved patient populations in Maine. The Maine LungCAPS Initiative will accomplish its aims through the coordinated efforts of four Core components (Implementation, Prevention, Early Detection, Stakeholder Engagement & Education) that will work together to engage and educate diverse stakeholders and to build knowledge and evidence about effective strategies to address the problem of lung cancer in Maine and other rural states.

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Maine Cancer Foundation Grants to this Organization:

Year Program Amount Category Organization
2016 Building Capacity at MaineHealth to Enahance Colorectal Cancer Screening $28,863 Screening Maine Medical Center
2016 The Maine Lung Cancer Prevention and Screening (Maine LungCAPS) Initiative $400,000 Prevention Maine Medical Center
2015 Extending Lung Cancer Screening to Primary Care $49,899 Screening Maine Medical Center
2013 Endometrial Cancer & Obesity: A Survivorship Program $10,000 Survivorship Maine Medical Center
2013 Lung Cancer Screening Shared Decision-Making $25,536 Screening Maine Medical Center
2012 Oncology Pharmacy Practice Residency $5,000 Support Maine Medical Center
2012 Gas Cards for Emergency Aid $1,000 Beacon Fund Maine Medical Center
2012 Inhibitory Effects of Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-4(IGFBP-4) on Melanoma Growth and Metastasis $73,848 Research Maine Medical Center
2012 Improving Colorectal Cencer Screenings in Low-Income Primary Care Settings Using Shared Decision Making $97,860 Research Maine Medical Center
2012 Cancer Survivorship Support $10,000 Survivorship Maine Medical Center
2011 Inceptive Role of miR-199b in Acute Myeloid Leukemia $92,000 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 Notch Regulation of the Tumor Supressor miR-145 in Breast Cancer Cells $94,184 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 Small Molecule Inhibitors of Twist1 Function to Inhibit Tumor Progression $73,039 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 FGF Export from Endothelial Cells: Protumorigenic Potential and Methods of Regulation $86,877 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 Validating Prediction Tools for Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Outcomes $71,029 Research Maine Medical Center
2011 Increase Immigrant Screening $8,011 Screening Maine Medical Center
2011 Communicating Risk $9,413 Education Maine Medical Center
2009 Predicting Quality of Life Outcomes after Prostate Cancer Treatment $45,295 Research Maine Medical Center
2006 Reduction of breast cancer by the Notch signaling pathway $35,000 Research Maine Medical Center
2001 Ronald J . Carroll, M.D. Lecture Fund at Maine Medical Center $10,000 Education Maine Medical Center
1979 Pediatric Cancer Seminar Education Maine Medical Center