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Need Melanoma Specialist in MAINE!

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    ktorrey14
    Participant

      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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

          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.

          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. ๐Ÿ™‚

            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.

            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

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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.  

                              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.  

                                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

                                  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

                                    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

                                      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

                                          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.

                                            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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