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Northeast Cancer Centre
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury ON P3E 5J1
Telephone: 705-522-6237
Toll free: 1-877-228-1822
Website: www.hsnsudbury.ca

The Northeast Cancer Centre (NECC) of Health Sciences North (HSN) is one of fourteen cancer programs in Sudbury, Ontario. The NECC is a Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) partner. We serve a population of more than 600,000 in Northeastern Ontario. Our staff sees more than 3,000 new patients each year. In addition to chemotherapy and radiation therapy programs, we offer a wide range of support services.

This includes the services of:
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Social Workers
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologist 
  • Dental Oncology team
  • Genetic Counsellors 

You and your family may attend information sessions and visit our Patient Library.

You will find more information about treatment and services in our Information for Patients and Families binder. You will be given a copy at your first visit. You may also look for it on our website: www.hsnsudbury.ca

To view a map of Level 0, the main entrance level to the Northeast Cancer Centre, click Map.

You may receive chemotherapy treatment closer to home at one of our Community Oncology Chemotherapy Network sites. Your oncologist may follow you after treatment using videoconference technology. Ask your oncologist or primary nurse if these services are appropriate for your care.


Your Treatment

There are two different types of treatment that we offer at the Centre. The decision as to which type will be used for your illness will be made by your oncologists (cancer doctors) and discussed with you. Your nurse and oncologist will tell you about the physical impact of your disease, medical procedures, the types of treatment you will receive, and their possible side effects.

Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs to damage cancer cells. Chemotherapy treatments are usually repeated over a period of months to damage as many cancer cells as possible. Your type of cancer and its location will determine what drugs you will need and how you take them. Some chemotherapy drugs are given as pills, to be taken by mouth; others may be injected into muscles; while others are injected directly into your veins. 

Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy involves the use of X-rays, Gamma rays, and electrons in the treatment of cancer. The radiation used is similar to X-rays used in the diagnosis of disease, except that a much larger dose is used for cancer treatment.

Like regular X-rays, the radiation used in cancer therapy cannot be seen or felt. The amount we use does not kill all the cancer cells right away. Instead, radiation damages their ability to reproduce because they are injured more readily than normal, healthy cells.

For more information about chemotherapy and radiation therapy, please refer to our Information for Patients and Families binder, which is available at your first visit and at any time through our website: 


Support Services Offered

Dental Oncology Clinic
Many cancer treatments can affect your mouth. Having a healthy mouth and teeth can help lessen any side effects that may occur.  Even if you have regular dental care, visit us before and during treatment.

Nutrition Services
Registered Dietitians help patients learn which foods are the best to eat to improve or maintain their nutrition status during their illness and treatments.

Social Work
Social Workers help individuals and families deal with the psychological, emotional, social and practical concerns of cancer. Services are also available for children coping with a family member's diagnosis of cancer. A referral can be made by any of your health care team members, by you or a family member. Most services are available in both French and English.

The Clinical Psychologist assesses and treats psychological and emotional problems that may interfere with the ability to cope with a cancer diagnosis or treatments.

The Physiotherapist helps patients deal with the physical effects of cancer and its treatment. They have special training in treating lymphedema.

Speech Language Pathologists
Speech Language Pathologists assist laryngectomy (voice box removal) patients as well as patients who have swallowing problems due to cancer of the head and neck. 

Aboriginal Patient Navigator
The Navigator provides support and advocacy for First Nation, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) cancer patients and their families, coordinating access to cancer services across northeastern Ontario.  The Navigator helps patients and familiies through the cancer system to improve their cancer journey.

Medicine Lodge Keeper
The keeper ensures that all FNIM patients, their families and health care providers are offered the opportunity to use the Medicine Lodge for health and well-being.

Pediatric Interlink Nurse
The Interlink Nurse supports children with cancer and their families to prepare for and deal with treatment, by arranging services in the home and community.

Genetic Counselling

Genetic Counsellors offer counselling and genetic testing for eligible individuals who have a strong family and/or personal history of cancer. A physician referral is required. For more information call 705-675-4786.

Patient Library
The NECC’s Patient Library is available to anyone who would like to borrow books and videos about cancer, treatments and managing your jouney. You can pick up cancer pamphlets, magazines and newsletters from a variety of organizations and explore the Internet for reliable cancer information.

Community Resource Centres
Community resource centres are located throughout Northeastern Ontario. These centres are located in communities that have clinics belonging to the NECC's Community Oncology Clinic Network (COCN).

More information about our programs and services is available in the Information for Patients and Families binder at: www.hsnsudbury.ca


Created February 2003
Revised February 10, 2017

I am in my forth year of being a breast cancer survivor. When I first heard the words it didn't sink in right away I thought, NO WAY, it was like watching a movie. With amazing support from family,friends, and the medical staff, I have made it through. As a patient, lean on family and friends, they really want to help and don't know how. Leaning on them helps both you and them to cope a little better. Stay positive, use your strength to enjoy the world around you. This advice is good for everyone, not just cancer patients. Most important,don't lose your faith, this will get you through the tough times, believe in yourself.
Carole, Sudbury
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