Cancer care is talk topic

BAR HARBOR — Dr. Philip Brooks will discuss the basics of cancer therapy as he would with his patients, his personal journey through oncology care, and the transforming therapies now in use at a Food for Thought talk at Birch Bay Village Inn on Friday, April 27, from noon to 1 p.m.

Among the therapies he will talk about are genomic panels, targeted agents, immunotherapy and transformed T cells.

Brooks grew up in New Jersey and, after realizing he was not going to win a Nobel Prize in physics, decided to go to medical school. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, completed his residency in internal medicine at the Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

He arrived as a medical oncologist and hematologist at Eastern Maine Medical Center in 1980, where he helped found CancerCare of Maine and served in multiple positions, including chief of hematology and medical oncology, director of cancer research and president of the medical staff. In 2008, he became the senior vice president of medical affairs and director of oncology development for United Family Hospitals in Beijing, China, overseeing hospitals in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. While there, he helped found the New Hope Cancer Center, perhaps the only free-standing Western-based cancer center in China.

He returned to Maine in 2011 again working for CancerCare of Maine, but now living on Mount Desert Island and overseeing the Cancer Centers at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital and Mount Desert Island Hospital.

Food for Thought is held at Birch Bay Village in Hulls Cove and is open to the public. The lecture is free, and a hot buffet lunch is available at 11:30 a.m. for $12. Reservations are required for either and must be received by noon on Thursday, April 26. Contact Acadia Senior College at 288-9500 or [email protected].

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