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North East Regional Cancer Program

The North East Regional Cancer Program oversees the quality and delivery of cancer services for the residents of Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin-Sudbury, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Temiskaming, and the James Bay and Hudson Bay Coasts.

Service Partners

Northeast Cancer Centre at Health Sciences North

The Northeast Cancer Centre (NECC) of Health Sciences North is one of 14 cancer centres in Ontario. The NECC is a Cancer Care Ontario partner that serves a population of more than 600,000 in Northeastern Ontario. The cancer centre in Sudbury was opened in November 1990 to provide radiation treatment, chemotherapy and supportive care services to the residents of Northeastern Ontario.

The centre receives over 3,000 new cancer patients each year, and conducts approximately 15,000 chemotherapy visits and 38,000 radiation treatment visits. This care is now distributed across the region through partnerships with community hospitals for delivery of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

At the NECC, a team of world-renowned doctors, scientists and researchers work on a variety of research and clinical trials that regularly attract the attention of the international medical community. In addition to chemotherapy and radiation treatment programs, the NECC offers a wide range of professionals and support services that include:

  • dietitians
  • social workers
  • psychologists
  • speech language pathologists
  • physiotherapists
  • dental oncology team
  • Aboriginal services
  • genetic counselling
  • pediatric cancer satellite clinic

As a Cancer Care Ontario Regional Cancer Program the NECC is responsible for planning and improving cancer services in the region. It does this through partnerships with hospitals and healthcare providers in all aspects of cancer care to deliver care as close to home as possible where quality allows.

Partner Hospitals


Cancer Care Ontario Regional Vice-President, North East Regional Cancer Program

Dr. Natalie Aubin

Dr. Natalie Aubin

Dr. Natalie Aubin joined HSN’s leadership team in 2022 after 10 years as administrative director of the two largest departments in HSN’s Social Accountability portfolio, the North East Cancer Centre and the Mental Health and Addictions program. In these roles, Dr. Aubin supported the implementation of many priority initiatives including the Systemic Treatment Quality Based Program, and the first Virtual Psychiatry Program for rural hospitals in the North.

An Adjunct Professor in Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University and previous student and researcher with the Institut franco-ontarien, Dr. Aubin has advanced knowledge on French-language health human resource planning, seniors healthy aging and learning. She has also served in management roles at Collège Boréal, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, and the Children’s Aid Society Nipissing & Parry Sound.

Fluently bilingual, she completed a BA in Psychology, a MA in Human Development and a PhD in Human Studies at Laurentian University, and is an alumna from the Northern Leadership Development Program. She completed certificates in Health of Official Language Minority Communities, Healthcare Improvement and Mental Health Law, and training in Indigenous Cultural Safety. She has served on the boards of the North East Community Care Access Centre, Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario, Maison McCullough Hospice, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, and the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services.