Posted on:
06/22/2017

Two years ago, in the middle of a coastal Maine summer, Stephanie Ferrie was training for a triathlon. An avid runner, she chalked up the slight changes in her body, including unusual discharge, as merely hormonal. Summer turned to fall and her symptoms persisted. As the whispers of her body grew louder, she finally made an appointment with her OB-GYN. A mother of four, Stephanie never had an abnormal pap smear or tested positive for HPV. “My doctor put the speculum in and saw a mass on my cervix, 3 centimeters, right there,” said Stephanie. 

The biopsy revealed cervical cancer caused by HPV. Fortunately, the resulting PET scan showed the tumor was only in her cervix. The choice now turned to the course of treatment. Guided by a close friend who faced similar choices many years ago, Stephanie made the decision for a radical hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix). The final pathology showed early metastasis to a lymph node in her groin, which resulted in an additional five low-dose chemotherapy sessions and 28 rounds of radiation. “[My friend] made me feel so good about it that I wasn’t even scared. Plus, my cervix was a pain with four kids anyway!” she joked.

The crisp fall air turned to the darkening days of winter and six weeks of treatment for cervical cancer. “It was all very surreal,” said Stephanie. After the hysterectomy, chemotherapy followed to desensitize cells in preparation for radiation. “Tuesdays were four hours of uninterrupted girlfriend time,” Stephanie reflected.  “Every week [of chemotherapy] was just for me.”

Posted on:
06/15/2017

We are currently accepting applications for two open grant areas: patient navigation and general operating grants. 

Posted on:
06/01/2017

For the month of June, Maine Cancer Foundation is discussing human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. Did you know screening tests can find abnormal cells before they turn into cancer? Check out the fun and simple infographic below from our friends at the CDC. 

#togetherwecan #challengecancer2020 

Posted on:
05/19/2017

On May 18, Maine Cancer Foundation held our Challenge Cancer 2020 Conference. Over 100 of our peers joined the full day conference. Together we examined the current state of cancer in Maine, discussed Maine's Impact Cancer Network's community plan, and hosted three poignant speakers who shared their unique experiences with cancer. The day closed with goals for the next twelve months to continue reducing the burden of cancer on our families, friends, and neighbors. 

Miss the conference, but want more information? Maine Public Health Association is hosting Maine’s Impact Cancer Network (the Cancer Network), a collective impact initiative focused on reducing the high rates of cancer in Maine, in a FREE WEBINAR on Thursday, May 25th from 12p-1p to present their community plan to reduce cancer in the state.

Register Now!

Are you interested in becoming involved with Maine's Impact Cancer Network? We'd love to have you! Learn more or contact Heather Drake, heather@mainecancer.org

#togetherwecan #challengecancer2020 #thecancernetwork #collectiveimpact

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