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Women's Care

Cancer Care For Women

About Us

Gynecologic Oncologists
Gynecologic oncologists are specially trained doctors who are able to treat cancers of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, vagina and vulva. In addition, women cancer specialists work with a woman if her primary doctor even suspects she has a cancer. This type of physician completes an additional fellowship in advanced surgery and in the chemotherapy required to treat these cancers. Because of the additional schooling required, there are far less of these types of doctors. In Maine, Gynecologic oncologists can only be found in Portland.

As a practice, we aim to treat a woman with respect and warmth. We realize the diagnosis of cancer is a life-changing event. Depending on your commuting distance, we either guide your primary doctor in closely following you after we have helped in treating you or we see you here in our office on a frequent basis. Either way, we continue to be a part of your care even after treatment for your cancer or after you were found to not have cancer.

Hector M. Tarraza, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S.,
Physician (Gynecologic Oncologist)

Dr. Tarraza attended medical school at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts. His OB/GYN Residency and GYN Oncology Fellowship was at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has practiced GYN Oncology here in Portland, Maine since 1988. Dr. Tarraza is the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Maine Medical Center.  He lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife and children.


Laurie A. Small, M.D., FACOG
Physician (Gynecologic Oncologist)
Dr. Small grew up in South Portland and attended Bowdoin College. She graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Small then moved to Chicago, completing her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at Loyola University. She joined the division of Gynecologic Oncology in 2001 and resides in Cape Elizabeth with her husband and two children.



Christopher J. Darus, M.D.
Dr. Darus grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Ohio University, receiving both a BS and MS. He attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Subsequently, Dr. Darus completed his OB-GYN residency at the University of Colorado. He completed a fellowship at the University of Virginia.  Currently, Dr. Darus lives in Portland with his wife and son.

Jason A. Lachance, MD, MSc

Dr. Lachance graduated from medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  He completed his OB/GYN residency at the University of Washington in Seattle and his GYN/Oncology Fellowship from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he earned his Masters of Science degree in Clinical Investigation.  After practicing at Women & Infants'  Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, he relocated to Maine Medical Center in June, 2009.  Dr. Lachance lives in South Portland, Maine, with his family.


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