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Central Regional Cancer Program

The Central Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the residents of North York, York Region and South Simcoe.

Service Partners

Stronach Regional Cancer Centre 

The Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake in Newmarket has a vision to provide “Shockingly Excellent Experiences” and quality cancer care services closer to home for patients since 2010.

The cancer centre includes a radiation treatment program, systemic treatment program, clinical trials program, supportive care program, and outpatient clinics. This facility represents an advanced model for cancer care, combining sophisticated cancer technology with expert, patient-focused services and supportive care.

Inpatient and outpatient cancer services across the Southlake campus include:

  • a comprehensive Diagnostic Assessment Program, which uses the most up-to-date screening and diagnostic equipment, designed to more accurately detect cancer at its earliest stages
  • expedited treatment options, recognizing the critical importance of early intervention for successful treatment outcomes and reducing the stress and anxiety associated with prolonged waits
  • state-of-the-art image-guided radiation therapy technology and information systems — the current gold standard for radiation treatment worldwide
  • a full range of support care services to address the psychosocial needs of patients and their families

Partner Hospitals 

Vice-President

Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice-President, Central Regional Cancer Program

Helena Hutton

Helena helps to improve the patient experience by leading Southlake’s cancer clinicians and care providers. She works collaboratively with regional partners to further the goals in the fourth Ontario Cancer Plan. She also represents the Central Regional Cancer Program provincially and participates in Cancer Care Ontario’s Provincial Leadership Council.

A Registered Nurse by profession, Helena earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Education from Brock University. She also completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management Executive Programs at the University of Toronto.

Helena is an experienced healthcare executive who has worked in healthcare for more than 32 years. She has held progressive management and leadership roles at the Hospital for Sick Children, Trillium Health Centre and Southlake Regional Health Centre. She was recognized with the Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Leadership Award of Excellence at Southlake Regional Health Centre. 

Throughout her career, Helena has served on numerous provincial committees and task forces and has presented internationally. Committed to quality care, she led teams who were nationally recognized with the Johnson and Johnson Best Practices Award, the 3M Health Care Quality Team Award, the COACH Innovation in the Adoption of Health Informatics Award and the international McKesson Distinguished Achievement Award for Clinical Excellence.

Regional Clinical Leads

Regional Clinical Leads in the Central Regional Cancer Program

  • Breast Imaging
    Dr. Rene Shumak
  • Cervical Screening / Colposcopy
    Catherine Cotton
  • Colorectal Screening & GI (Gastrointestinal) Endoscopy
    Dr. David Baron
  • Cancer Imaging
    Dr. Lisa Thain
  • Oncology Nursing
    Lisa Lun
  • Palliative Care Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Leads
    Dr. Cindy So, Lynne Penton
  • Pathology
    Dr. Shaheda Handy
  • Person Centred Care (Patient Education, Patient Experience, Psychosocial Oncology, Symptom Management)
    Ruth Barker
  • Primary Care, Screening & Clinical
    Dr. Marla Ash
  • Radiation Treatment
    Dr. Woodrow Wells
  • Surgical Oncology
    Catherine Cotton
  • Systemic Treatment Quality
    Dr. Peter Anglin

Steering Committee

Regional Steering Committee Members

  • Helena Hutton Chair, Regional Vice-President, Central Regional Cancer Program
  • Catherine Cotton, Director, Stronach Regional Cancer Centre and Regional Director, Central Regional Cancer Program
  • Dr. Peter Anglin, Regional Lead, Systemic Treatment, Southlake Regional Health Center
  • Dr. Marla Ash, Regional Lead, Primary Care, North York General Hospital
  • Ruth Barker, Regional Lead, Person Centred Care, Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Dr. David Baron, Regional Lead, GI (Gastrointestinal) Endoscopy, North York General Hospital
  • Dr. Stan Feinberg, North York General Hospital
  • Dr. Shaheda Handy, Regional Lead, Pathology, Southlake Regional Health Center
  • Heidi Kinnon, Senior Client Services Manager, CCAC
  • Lisa Lun, Regional Lead, Oncology Nursing, Humber River Hospital
  • Jennifer MacInnis-Smith, Manager, Regional Prevention & Screening, Southlake Regional Health Center
  • Dr. Catherine Mahut, Regional Lead, Surgical Oncology, Southlake Regional Health Center
  • Dr. Erica Mantay, Regional Lead, Colposcopy, Southlake Regional Health Center
  • Cecile Marville-Williams, Director, Humber River Hospital
  • Shellyna Moledina, Director, Markham Stouffville Hospital
  • Dr. Puna Rana, Medical Oncologist, Humber River Hospital
  • Dr. Rene Shumak, Regional Lead, Breast Screening, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Dr. Cindy So, Regional Lead, Palliative Care, Southlake Regional Health Center
  • Heather Stewart, Director, Mackenzie Health
  • Dr. Lisa Thain, Regional Lead, Diagnostic Imaging, Southlake Regional Health Centre & Mackenzie Health 
  • Anna Tupis, Director, North York General Hospital
  • Jennifer Walker, Administrative Assistant, Regional Cancer Program, Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Simmy Wan, Central Local Health Integration Network
  • Dr. Woodrow Wells, Regional Lead, Radiation, Southlake Regional Health Center
  • Patient & Family Advisors