“Best Hospitals” cancer-care score: 39.7/100
U.S. News & World Report awarded Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute the highest grade for use of advanced technology and availability of key patient services. The facility delivers superior patient outcomes for lung-related cancers compared against national benchmarks. The institute’s leading-edge treatment options are delivered using a multidisciplinary approach to care that emphasizes patient quality of life. The center is a strong promoter of patient and family involvement in treatment planning and care. Specially trained oncology-certified nurses serve as clinical patient navigators who work to ensure that patients and their loved ones have access to all information necessary to make the most informed and timely decisions about treatment. Navigators also help coordinate care and resources, such as nutritional counseling, support groups, home health and palliative care. Clinical trial opportunities are numerous.