Dr. David C. Benton, oncologist with the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, and a staff physician at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, recently attended the 2011 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, in San Francisco, California, sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Gastrointestinal cancers include those of the colon/rectum, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, small intestine, anus and other digestive organs. Nearly 275,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with these cancers this year, and nearly 140,000 will die from them. The meeting that Benton attended addressed aiding physicians in personalizing treatments, testing to identify high risk individuals and other advances in testing as well as the prevention of the recurrence of cancer.
Benton provides oncology services to patients at his offices in Norway at the Stephens Memorial Specialty Clinic and at the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine in Brunswick. He is also a consultant for the Stephens Memorial Hospital's Cancer Program.
Dr. Benton is board certified in Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine, Hematology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Benton also serves on the Maine Health Oncology Quality Steering Committee and is the director of Palliative Care Services at Mid Coast Hospital.