Partnership for cancer patient clinical trials in the North

The hospitals in Northern Ontario are partnering together to host clinical trials for cancer patients.

Hospitals in Sudbury, Timmins, and Sault Ste. Marie is working together to provide patients with more access to new cancer treatments.

Dr. Lacey Pitre, an oncologist at Health Sciences North and lead in the partnership says the North-East Cancer Centre has 12 satellite sites with half the patient’s receiving treatment and the other half are not eligible for clinical trials.

The goal is to provide hope for all cancer patients in the north by providing access to clinical trials beyond the five common cancers that afflict the majority of most local patients.


The project is funded with the support of the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer Corporation and Health Canada. At HSN, the project is also supported by the Northern Cancer Foundation and Roche Canada.


HSN will partner with Timmins and District Hospital and Sault Area Hospital to set up a process that allows patients from those areas to participate in a clinical trial hosted at HSN’s North-East Cancer Centre. HSN oncologist Dr. Lacey Pitre is one of the Health Science North Research Institute’s Cancer Solutions research co-leads, along with her colleague Dr. Deborah Saunders. Photo provided by Health Sciences North and used with permission.

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