About Our Organization
The Maine Children's Cancer Program (MCCP) provides integrated, comprehensive, clinical research-based medical care, as well as psychosocial and practical support services, for infants, children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders from all corners of the state of Maine and southern New Hampshire. With five pediatric hematology/oncology physicians, a team of specialized nurses, three social workers and three research associates, MCCP offers a wealth of resources to young patients and their families in a caring and close-to-home setting. MCCP is a participating member of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the premier research organization for childhood cancer worldwide. COG is a consortium of major academic pediatric cancer centers from around the world, with more than 2,000 physician-members. MCCP is actively involved in clinical research trials through COG, which means that MCCP has access to the latest and best therapies under investigation for children with cancer. Dr. Eric Larsen (MCCP's Medical Director) is the lead investigator on the COG's High Risk ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) protocol, which is the COG's largest study of childhood leukemia. MCCP strives not only to cure cancer in as many children as possible, but also to support families through their experience of living with childhood cancer. Recognizing that a child's cancer diagnosis impacts the family on many levels, MCCP provides an extensive psychosocial support system to the entire family. It is championed by three pediatric oncology social workers with extensive experience in counseling children, siblings and parents, as well as in providing age-appropriate guidance, compassion and hope.