Support and Education
“Cancer" is a scary word to hear and can be one of the most physically and emotionally challenging journeys to travel.
Worries about your health, how you'll navigate daily life while getting treatment, how your loved ones will cope and how you'll pay for treatment can be overwhelming. At the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care (HACCC), we're here to support you and your family every step of the way. You will not have to walk this journey alone.
MaineGeneral Medical Center (MGMC) and the HACCC offer a range of support services to help you learn about your disease and help with emotional, financial and spiritual support needs on a daily basis.
Support & Education
Below are links to some of the support and educational services we offer — just click to learn more, or call us anytime with questions or concerns.
MaineGeneral also hosts its Day of Hope in October, an event dedicated to cancer survivors, patients, family, friends and caregivers.
Since 2020, the event has been a blend of the annual Cancer Survivors Day and the Walk for Hope, which raises more than $150,000 yearly to benefit patient care at the cancer center.
MGMC Cancer Rehabilitation Program
If you have cancer treatment side effects, our specialized rehabilitation program can help.
Our clinicians (physical, occupational and speech therapists, nurses and dietitians) will develop a personal rehab plan to get you back to the highest quality of life.
We can address your:
- Joint stiffness
- Limb swelling
- Memory problems
- Issues with talking or swallowing
Services are available at:
- Alfond Center for Health, 35 Medical Center Parkway, Augusta
- Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, 361 Old Belgrade Road, Augusta
- MaineGeneral outpatient rehabilitation centers:
- 15 Enterprise Drive, Augusta
- 40 Granite Hill Road, Manchester
- 149 North Street, Waterville
- MaineGeneral HomeCare (at your home)
Please speak with your primary care provider for a referral.
Statistics show that one in four patients will develop lymphedema if they've had lymph nodes surgically removed or treated with radiation therapy because of malignant tumors.
The good news is that many cases can be prevented with education and early treatment.
MaineGeneral has occupational and physical therapists who are specially trained in the prevention and treatment of lymphedema.
Ask your physician if you could benefit from referral to this program, or visit MaineGeneral's Lymphedema Program to learn more.
Social Work Support
Our dedicated social workers support you and coordinate resources for you and your family. They offer a friendly face and encouragement that may make all the difference.
Our oncology social workers provide emotional support to patients coping with a new diagnosis and help you overcome challenges that arise as you receive treatment.
A cancer diagnosis often leads to considerable financial stress for patients and families. Our social workers can help find resources to assist you with financial challenges, such as medication assistance programs, government assistance and low-cost medication programs.
We can also help you coordinate rides to treatment sessions, as needed.
For information or support services, please call (207) 621-6123 or (207) 621-6120.
MaineGeneral offers several support groups for cancer survivors and those living with cancer. These include groups for:
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
- General cancer
- Lung cancer
Our groups are led by professionals who work with our Care Management staff. All adults coping with cancer — you, a family member or friend — are invited to participate. There is no fee and you may attend as often as you'd like.
Ask any staff member for more information and a schedule of meeting times and dates.
Good nutrition is an important part of healing. Your nurse and oncologist will monitor your weight and evaluate side effects that contribute to weight loss.
We also offer comprehensive nutrition assessments and evaluations, diet education and nutritional counseling.
Our dietitian can develop a supplemental nutrition plan and help you manage it.
To learn more, please call Donna Walsh at (207) 626-4857 or contact her by email.