Portland Gastroenterology: Colonoscopy, Endoscopy and Gastroenterology Services in Portland, Maine
Welcome to Portland Gastroenterology Center, serving physicians and patients throughout Maine and Northern New England. We offer state-of-the-art technology in a safe, comfortable setting in Portland, Maine. As a patient, you benefit from the collective experience of twelve highly skilled gastroenterologists. From routine screenings to the most advanced procedures, we offer the best in care and always treat you with the dignity you deserve.
In the news…Questions about Cologuard?
Screening tests for colon cancer can be divided into those tests that can prevent colon cancer and those tests that just detect a cancer after it has formed.
Cologuard is a cancer detection test. Specifically, it tests for genetic mutations in stool that are associated with colon cancer. It will correctly identify 92% of individuals that have colon cancer. It will not, however, be able to decrease your risk of developing cancer because it is not able to reliably detect precancerous polyps. If a Cologuard test comes back positive, a follow up colonoscopy will be recommended.
Recognize that only a colonoscopy can prevent colon cancer by detecting and removing precancerous polyps. About one out of three patients will have polyps removed during his or her colonoscopy.
So what is the bottom line?
Colon cancer is common and not everybody that should be coming in for screening does. Colonoscopy is the only test presently that is proven to detect and prevent colon cancer, but there are alternatives for those individuals not wishing to undergo colonoscopy. Cologuard is one of those options. Remember that any colon cancer screening test is better than none.
Have you registered for our Patient Portal?
If you have an email address and would like to sign up for Portland Gastroenterology Center’s Patient Portal, please call our office. Staff is available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM at 207-773-7964. When calling, please select 2 on your telephone keypad. Our patient service representatives will be glad to take your email information and send you an email invitation to register for our secure patient portal.
Why is a Patient Portal beneficial?
- Log-on access 24/7
- Request an appointment
- Check your lab results
- Send a secure message to our practice
- Update your personal medical information
Technical Support: 207-773-7964 Option 2
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 9 AM – 5 PM