Cancer Commmmunity Center is "the place to start when you don't know where to begin," providing free programs and support services in a caring, warm and welcoming environment to adult cancer patients, loved ones, and those who have lost a loved one to cancer. In 2011, they served more than 1,000 individuals across all 16 Maine counties, a 25% increase over 2010.
Since 1998, the CCC has promoted physical, social, emotional, and intellectual wellbeing. Exercise classes include Tai Chi, Pilates, Strength Training, Zumba, Functional Fitness, and most popular, Yoga. Healthy cooking classes promote good nutrition, impacting the success of treatment by minimizing side effects, promoting healing, maintaining muscle, and supporting the immune system. "Wellness" addresses the connection between mind and body; CCC holds Mindful Meditation, a variety of wellness workshops, art therapy, manages the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery program (in Cumberland County) and hosts their Look Good, Feel Better program.
The Chinese proverb "to know the road ahead, ask those coming back" is an important steering concept for CCC. Peer-based support is the foundation for all CCC programming, whether provided in a formal support group, through the statewide Maine Buddy program (a one-on-one program connecting adults impacted by cancer with a trained volunteer who has survived a similar cancer experience - about 100 matches annually), or informally during a knitting session. The CCC offers 14 "typical" support groups by unique diagnosis (prostate, lung, breast, lymphoma, etc). The CCC receives very positive feedback on the quality of its programs, instructors, and volunteers, and has a reputation, even among a majority of people who have never needed CCC services, that the CCC "provides support, counseling, information, and education."