The Maine Cancer Consortium and the Maine Comprehensive Cancer Control Program work together to reduce the burden of cancer in Maine, guided by the goals and objectives of the Maine Cancer Plan.
Defining priorities for cancer is not easy. For each revision of the Maine Cancer Plan, the Consortium works to define objectives and propose activities that meet at the intersection of three key factors: what is feasible, what is supported by research, and what will have the greatest impact on the most people in Maine. Through an extensive planning process, Consortium members and partners work hard to understand where these factors intersect, and ultimately identify priorities that will make the greatest impact on cancer in Maine.
The Maine Cancer Plan: 2011 – 2015 establishes five priority areas, including prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation and survivorship, and palliation and end-of-life care; as well as the following overarching issues affecting cancer in Maine: public policy and legislation, disparities, and data/surveillance.