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Cancer patients living in rural Maine will have better access to clinical trials in their own communities because of a new $5 million federal grant.

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The financial costs of illness - with or without insurance. Some 46 percent of Americans are unprepared for a $400 emergency expense. Out-of-pocket costs for cancer care can approach $5,000 a year. Learn what help is available for patients and their families when hit with expenses and challenges associated with a major illness.


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A panel of medical experts discusses how what we eat may affect our risk of getting cancer.  A recent report about the dangers of eating processed or red meat has many of us reconsidering our diet.  Learn the latest on nutrition and cancer.

Guests: Dr. Devon Evans, medical oncologist, New England Cancer Specialists
Paul Blakeslee, MMC oncology dietician
Karen Schilling, MMC oncology dietician

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Cancer treatment has traditionally involved intravenous chemotherapy. But that's starting to change. Research has shown that chemotherapy pills can be more effective. The problem is that chemo pills can cost thousands of dollars per prescription, which puts them out of reach for some patients. But a new law in Maine will soon change that.

Donna Brookings has fought cancer twice. The first time was in 2005. It was breast cancer, and once a week she would go to the hospital and sit in a chair for 3-4 hours while intravenous chemotherapy pumped into her veins.

Lung Cancer

Jun 24, 2014

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, and until recently, there was no good method of detecting the disease early enough to prevent people from dying of the disease. But a large national study has found that using a form of a CAT scan to screen for lung cancer can reduce mortality in current and former smokers — the two groups at highest risk for lung cancer. But the disease doesn't just affect smokers. Learn more about this type of cancer, including the risk factors, such as smoking, secondhand smoke, lack of exercise and environmental factors.

Cancer Study

Jan 14, 2014

  More than 8-thousand Mainers are diagnosed with cancer each year. A state commission has spent the past few months studying the incidence of cancer and cancer deaths in Maine. What have they learned and what can be done?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Hilary Schneider/Director of Government Relations and Advocacy/American Cancer Society 

Rep. Paul McGowan/(D) York 

Dr. Andrew Hertler/Director of Oncology Services at Maine General Hospital 

Prostate Cancer

Sep 6, 2012

  Every year, approximately one in six American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. The latest research into diagnosing and treating prostate cancer and the recent controversy over the efficacy of routine testing was discussed.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by:

Terrence Kungel, President of  the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer

and Dr. Moritz Hansen, Maine Medical Center

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  National Cancer Survivor Day is Sunday, June 3. Take a look at the different support groups in Maine for people with cancer and their caregivers.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Michele Johns, Executive Director, Cancer Community Center in South Portland

Cancer Community Center

Michael Reisman, Executive Director, Beth C. Wright Cancer Center in Ellsworth