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Central East Regional Cancer Program 1st overall for performance in Ontario

The Durham Regional Cancer Centre has shot up the ranks and is now first in overall performance in Ontario according to Cancer Care Ontario. The program is based out of Lakeridge Health and partners with other area hospitals from Scarborough, Peterborough and Cobourg to provide quick access to diagnosis and cancer treatment for people.

Debby Guerreiro knows first-hand how important quick treatment can be. “I got the answers I needed quickly so that I could begin my treatments for breast cancer,” says Guerreiro who finished her last radiation treatment today. “I felt like I had the entire team behind me, working to get me better again. I can’t say enough about the care I received.”

The Durham Regional Cancer Centre boasts some of the shortest wait times from diagnosis to treatment.

“We built this Cancer Centre to be the best, because our neighbours who come through our doors deserve the very best,” says Kevin Empey, President and CEO of Lakeridge Health. “We hear from people every day whose lives have been touched by our caring and dedicated health care team. And that’s what motivates us to keep getting better.”

“The Central East Regional Cancer Program is unique in that we have several large hospital partners who work hard to ensure all of our families receive the same timely access to the high quality services they need. It’s the spirit of that partnership that has helped get us to where we are today – no. 1 in the province,” says Tom McHugh, Vice President of Clinical Services at Lakeridge Health and Regional Vice President of Cancer Services.


The Central East Regional Cancer Program (CERCP) is one of 12 regional cancer programs in Ontario. The CERCP provides access to cancer care for 1.6 million people in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Our hospital partners include the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre at Lakeridge Health’s Oshawa site, the Scarborough Hospital, Rouge Valley Health System, Northumberland Hills Hospital and Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

We have:

  • 8 radiation oncologists in Oshawa, Peterborough, Ajax and Scarborough
  • 10 medical oncologists, 6 hematologists, and one General Practitioner in Oncology based across Oshawa, Peterborough, Northumberland and Scarborough.

About Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) is an Ontario government agency that drives quality and continuous improvement in disease prevention and screening, the delivery of care and the patient experience for cancer, chronic kidney disease and access to care for key health services.

We’re Number 1!

CCO measures performance based on a set of specific metrics . The most recent scorecard ranks Central East Regional Cancer Program 1st overall for performance in the Province.

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