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Need Melanoma Specialist in MAINE!

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    ktorrey14
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    HI,

    My younger brother recently moved to the Portland, Maine area & we are looking to find him a new doctor skilled in following up with his melanoma care.

    He was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago with Stage 2A NMM and moved from Minnesota to Maine a couple months ago.  We had a fantastic doctor here in the Minneapolis area who worked exclusively with melanoma patients so are now looking for someone in Maine to continue being vigilant with his care.

    HI,

    My younger brother recently moved to the Portland, Maine area & we are looking to find him a new doctor skilled in following up with his melanoma care.

    He was diagnosed 3 1/2 years ago with Stage 2A NMM and moved from Minnesota to Maine a couple months ago.  We had a fantastic doctor here in the Minneapolis area who worked exclusively with melanoma patients so are now looking for someone in Maine to continue being vigilant with his care.

    If need be, he COULD travel the two hours to BOSTON area where we know they would have many skilled physicians.  He just thought if there were a skilled Melanoma Specialist closer to him, it would work-out better for all these follow-up visits.

    Thanks in advance for your help!!! :)

    Big Sis KT

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      Melanoma Mom
      Participant

      We travel to Dana-Farber in Boston …. we live close to Portland. We work with a local Pediatric Oncologist (our son is only 14) and she recently said that the scans in March can be done at Maine Med in Portland and then sent to DF for evaluation. 

      If I were him, I would start out at Dana-Farber. It is only a 2 hour trip and why not see the "best of the best" when it is so close? The American Cancer Society will even provide discounted ticket pricing for the Downeaster train service. So if he has to go there 2-3 times a year, he can make an adventure out of it. :)

      Maybe there are amazing Melanoma specialists here in Maine, but I just don't think our local medical options can hold a candle to what Boston offers.

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      Melanoma Mom
      Participant

      We travel to Dana-Farber in Boston …. we live close to Portland. We work with a local Pediatric Oncologist (our son is only 14) and she recently said that the scans in March can be done at Maine Med in Portland and then sent to DF for evaluation. 

      If I were him, I would start out at Dana-Farber. It is only a 2 hour trip and why not see the "best of the best" when it is so close? The American Cancer Society will even provide discounted ticket pricing for the Downeaster train service. So if he has to go there 2-3 times a year, he can make an adventure out of it. :)

      Maybe there are amazing Melanoma specialists here in Maine, but I just don't think our local medical options can hold a candle to what Boston offers.

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      Joan
      Participant

      HI there,

      I know  Boston is a long drive from Portland, but an easy one..all highway. I live in Central NH and drive to Boston . I am seeing the doctors at Mass General and now awaiting SLNB results as a new diagosee.

       

      If you can handle the drive it may be worth it to you. Just try to make your appointments after 11 AM and you will avoid the busiest of the morning rush hour.

       

      Best of luck,

      Joan

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      Joan
      Participant

      HI there,

      I know  Boston is a long drive from Portland, but an easy one..all highway. I live in Central NH and drive to Boston . I am seeing the doctors at Mass General and now awaiting SLNB results as a new diagosee.

       

      If you can handle the drive it may be worth it to you. Just try to make your appointments after 11 AM and you will avoid the busiest of the morning rush hour.

       

      Best of luck,

      Joan

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      Joan
      Participant

      HI there,

      I know  Boston is a long drive from Portland, but an easy one..all highway. I live in Central NH and drive to Boston . I am seeing the doctors at Mass General and now awaiting SLNB results as a new diagosee.

       

      If you can handle the drive it may be worth it to you. Just try to make your appointments after 11 AM and you will avoid the busiest of the morning rush hour.

       

      Best of luck,

      Joan

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      Joan
      Participant

      HI there,

      I know  Boston is a long drive from Portland, but an easy one..all highway. I live in Central NH and drive to Boston . I am seeing the doctors at Mass General and now awaiting SLNB results as a new diagosee.

       

      If you can handle the drive it may be worth it to you. Just try to make your appointments after 11 AM and you will avoid the busiest of the morning rush hour.

       

      Best of luck,

      Joan

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      kateboston
      Participant

      Hi KT,

      While I don't live in Maine, you can't go wrong with either MGH or Dana Farber. They are both leading melanoma centers and have some amazing doctors. I am seen at MGH and have received a second opinion from Dana Farber – they both recommended the same treatment & I'd be comfortable with either place. I would definitley recommend making the trek to Boston.

      Good luck!

      Kate

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      kateboston
      Participant

      Hi KT,

      While I don't live in Maine, you can't go wrong with either MGH or Dana Farber. They are both leading melanoma centers and have some amazing doctors. I am seen at MGH and have received a second opinion from Dana Farber – they both recommended the same treatment & I'd be comfortable with either place. I would definitley recommend making the trek to Boston.

      Good luck!

      Kate

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      Jerry from Cape Cod
      Participant

      Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center also has an excellent Melanoma program.  All of the big three (MGH, DF & BIDMC) collaborate extensively especially in Melanoma.  They are part of Harvard School of Medicine.  Email me through my profile if you would like the contact info for BIDMC.

      Jerry from Cape Cod

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      Jerry from Cape Cod
      Participant

      Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center also has an excellent Melanoma program.  All of the big three (MGH, DF & BIDMC) collaborate extensively especially in Melanoma.  They are part of Harvard School of Medicine.  Email me through my profile if you would like the contact info for BIDMC.

      Jerry from Cape Cod

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      Jocelyn
      Participant

      To my knowledge, the only doctor in Maine who deals extensively with melanoma patients is Dr. Fred Aronson of the Maine Cancer Center in Scarborough. Although very knowledgeable in melanoma, he is not a "melanoma specialist" perse, because the MCC doesn't have the resources to be a melanoma center. In fact, Maine has no melanoma center. Many people in southern Maine begin with Dr.  Aronson, and then go on to one of the Boston centers for additional opinion, follow-up, or advanced treatment. Hopefully your brother will never need advanced treatment, but if he ever did, he would have to go to Boston or another melanoma center. The only stage 4 treatments done at MCC are biochem, DTIC, and a variety of brain metastases treatment. No trials.

      My brother saw both Dr Aronson and Dr Atkins of Beth Israel from the beginnings of his diagnosis 6 1/2 years ago. When he remained NED for 5 of those years, he did almost all of his follow-up with Dr Aronson. They developed a good relationship, and although my brother has to go to Boston now for the advanced treatments, he continues to see Dr Aronson often. This has been very helpful to him, to have someone close-by .

      For your brother, the up-side of going to Scarborough is that it is only a few miles from Portland,.The down-side is that the Maine Cancer Center isn't a melanoma center, although the people there are in contact with Boston specialists.  

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      Jocelyn
      Participant

      To my knowledge, the only doctor in Maine who deals extensively with melanoma patients is Dr. Fred Aronson of the Maine Cancer Center in Scarborough. Although very knowledgeable in melanoma, he is not a "melanoma specialist" perse, because the MCC doesn't have the resources to be a melanoma center. In fact, Maine has no melanoma center. Many people in southern Maine begin with Dr.  Aronson, and then go on to one of the Boston centers for additional opinion, follow-up, or advanced treatment. Hopefully your brother will never need advanced treatment, but if he ever did, he would have to go to Boston or another melanoma center. The only stage 4 treatments done at MCC are biochem, DTIC, and a variety of brain metastases treatment. No trials.

      My brother saw both Dr Aronson and Dr Atkins of Beth Israel from the beginnings of his diagnosis 6 1/2 years ago. When he remained NED for 5 of those years, he did almost all of his follow-up with Dr Aronson. They developed a good relationship, and although my brother has to go to Boston now for the advanced treatments, he continues to see Dr Aronson often. This has been very helpful to him, to have someone close-by .

      For your brother, the up-side of going to Scarborough is that it is only a few miles from Portland,.The down-side is that the Maine Cancer Center isn't a melanoma center, although the people there are in contact with Boston specialists.  

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      ChristineL
      Participant

      Hi KT,

      Your brother has a really great sister in you!  I am near Bangor and although Boston is 4+ hours away, that's where I go, too., and due to their expertise, I wouldn't have it any other way!   Most (if not all) of the Maine contingent on this board go there for the reasons that have already been stated.   Fortunately because of your brother's status (NED, I assume), the visits won't be too often; he is very fortunate for that. Good luck to both of you!

      Best,

      ChristineL

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      ChristineL
      Participant

      Hi KT,

      Your brother has a really great sister in you!  I am near Bangor and although Boston is 4+ hours away, that's where I go, too., and due to their expertise, I wouldn't have it any other way!   Most (if not all) of the Maine contingent on this board go there for the reasons that have already been stated.   Fortunately because of your brother's status (NED, I assume), the visits won't be too often; he is very fortunate for that. Good luck to both of you!

      Best,

      ChristineL

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      jim Breitfeller
      Participant

      Marc S. Ernstoff, MD

      Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
      Hematology/Oncology
      One Medical Center Drive
      Lebanon, NH 03756

      Phone: (603) 650-5534
      Fax: (603) 650-7791

       Email: [email protected]
       
      Institution Affiliations:
      Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon
      Hematology/Oncology Fellowship
      Hematology/Oncology Program
      Melanoma/Skin Cancer Program
      Norris Cotton Cancer Center
      Prostate & Genitourinary Cancer Program
      Medical School:
      MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1978
      Residency:
      Bronx Municipal Medical Center & The Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, Internal Medicine, 1978-81
      Fellowship:
      Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, Medical Oncology, 1981-84
      Board Certification:
      Medical Oncology, 1989
      Internal Medicine, 1981
      Specialties:
      Cancer / Oncology
      Hematology / Oncology
      Melanoma / Skin Cancer Program
      Prostate & Genitourinary Cancer Program
      Joined Staff in 1991
      Practice Note: Genitourinary Cancer, Melanoma

      I wish you best

      Jimmy B

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      jim Breitfeller
      Participant

      Marc S. Ernstoff, MD

      Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
      Hematology/Oncology
      One Medical Center Drive
      Lebanon, NH 03756

      Phone: (603) 650-5534
      Fax: (603) 650-7791

       Email: [email protected]
       
      Institution Affiliations:
      Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon
      Hematology/Oncology Fellowship
      Hematology/Oncology Program
      Melanoma/Skin Cancer Program
      Norris Cotton Cancer Center
      Prostate & Genitourinary Cancer Program
      Medical School:
      MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1978
      Residency:
      Bronx Municipal Medical Center & The Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, Internal Medicine, 1978-81
      Fellowship:
      Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, Medical Oncology, 1981-84
      Board Certification:
      Medical Oncology, 1989
      Internal Medicine, 1981
      Specialties:
      Cancer / Oncology
      Hematology / Oncology
      Melanoma / Skin Cancer Program
      Prostate & Genitourinary Cancer Program
      Joined Staff in 1991
      Practice Note: Genitourinary Cancer, Melanoma

      I wish you best

      Jimmy B

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        Joan
        Participant

        I met with Dr Ernstoff and he is truly an awesome oncologist. He has a wonderful way of making you feel very calm. I saw him as the first of my "2  opinions" when I was first diagnosed in December. He spent a huge amount of time with my hubby and I explaining everything there was to know about my upcoming surgery ..and the pros and cons of the SLNB. I truly appreciated his  patience with all my questions…which he actually answered most of my questions before I even asked.

        I felt equally comfortable with DHMC and MGH. The reason I went with MGH was they offered me a surgical opening  must sooner than I expected.  You can't go wrong with either facility in my oppinion, but MGH may have a slight lead in the "cutting edge" of  cancer research.

        That said, Lebanon would be a much further drive from Portland than Boston would be.

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        Joan
        Participant

        I met with Dr Ernstoff and he is truly an awesome oncologist. He has a wonderful way of making you feel very calm. I saw him as the first of my "2  opinions" when I was first diagnosed in December. He spent a huge amount of time with my hubby and I explaining everything there was to know about my upcoming surgery ..and the pros and cons of the SLNB. I truly appreciated his  patience with all my questions…which he actually answered most of my questions before I even asked.

        I felt equally comfortable with DHMC and MGH. The reason I went with MGH was they offered me a surgical opening  must sooner than I expected.  You can't go wrong with either facility in my oppinion, but MGH may have a slight lead in the "cutting edge" of  cancer research.

        That said, Lebanon would be a much further drive from Portland than Boston would be.

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