LEWISTON — A Maine hospital group and one of Boston’s most prestigious hospitals have announced a collaboration aimed at streamlining services for local cancer patients who need care in Boston.

Officials at Lewiston-based Central Maine Healthcare said Thursday that the partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital will provide “fast, seamless care.”

The hospitals’ doctors are talking more, sharing more information and meeting face to face. For patients, the goal is smoother care if they leave central Maine for Boston’s expertise and facilities to get treatment, such as bone-marrow transplants, which are not offered anywhere in Maine.

The Sun Journal reports the relationship has been building for more than a year. It includes Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital, Rumford Hospital and Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick.