Many of our Maine prostate cancer patients receive treatment through Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Here is some valuable information compiled by Ernie Card on ways to get to Dana Farber without without having to drive into Boston:

By Trolley: From North Station (or Park Street if you’re coming from South Station) take the Green Line E marked Heath Street. Sit in the front car on the right side and nine stops and 19 minutes later you will be getting off at Brigham Circle (for Brigham and Women’s Hospital 45 and 75 Francis Street and Dana-Farber.)

By Foot at trolley stop: Walk to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 630 yd • 8 min Start at Brigham Circle Outbound trolley stop. Turn left towards sidewalk which runs along tracks. At the traffic light turn right towards Francis Street and cross Huntington Ave. carefully with the traffic stopped. Follow Francis Street past #75 and turn right towards Binney Street. Follow Binney Street and turn left at Jimmy Fund statue on Jimmy Fund Way. Enter Dana-Farber from Jimmy Fund Way side or go around corner to 450 Brookline Ave.

Listen to the advice from The Kingston Trio

Congratulations, you’ve made it to Boston. Take a moment to reflect on some timely financial advice from a pioneer group of America’s folk era, The Kingston Trio. It’s found in “The MTA Song.” 

The MTA song has become so entrenched in Boston lore that the ton-area transit authority named its electronic card-based fare collection system the "Charlie Card" as a tribute to this song. The transit organization, now called the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), held a dedication ceremony for the card system in 2004 which featured a performance of the song by the Kingston Trio and then-governor Mitt Romney. Why are we bringing this long-forgotten fact to your attention now? The Charlie Card offers Senior Citizen discounts that mount up over the course of treatment.

To get the Charlie Card take the Red Line to The MBTA office in the Downtown Crossing station and apply. You can charge $20 to the card and ride everywhere at a senior discount.

For those not familiar with the Kingston Trio here’s a link...

And the song...