Northern Marianas Oncology Center

Having cancer is always life changing for patients, their families, and their close community. At the Northern Marianas Oncology Center at CHCC, we promise to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care for our patients, with the twin goals of improving quality of life and length of life. When it is possible to cure our patient’s cancer, we will put forth every effort to maximize the chance of cure. We try to understand the patient’s social situation, and how that will affect the patient’s understanding of the cancer and how treatment may affect them.v

In 2021, the Northern Marianas Oncology Center opened the Comprehensive Cancer Screening and Prevention Program to serve all residents living in the CNMI. The goal of the program is to screen for and prevent common cancers, so that we will have less cancer in the CNMI, and if cancer develops, it will be caught at an earlier stage. This unique program provides cancer prevention counseling and vaccines, as well as screening advice and testing, with follow-up of results. This program is available to all people who live in the CNMI. To schedule an appointment with a health care provider for a cancer screening and prevention visit, please call 670-234-8950 and ask for Oncology, or the Cancer Screening Program. Your health insurance will typically cover the cost. If no health insurance, the hospital will typically provide these services at no cost to you.

The Oncology Center also has a Palliative Care Program. For patients who have advanced cancer, we help with:
Our Palliative Care Program focuses on helping with these issues and more. Often, our palliative care providers and nurses can make home visits to our patients if needed.
Northern Marianas Oncology Center team
Dr. James Hofschneider, Internist
Vanessa Sanne, Palliative Care NP
Michael Bonsaver, NP
Dr. Peter Brett, Medical Oncologist
Sumer Ackley, NP
Lani Sablan, Pharmacy
Salome Castro, Oncology Nurse
Tyler Peterson, Pharmacist
Rodylyn Bacani, Pharmacist
Marivic Callejo, Pharmacy
Rita Atalig, CNA
Kim Runge, Pharmacist
Kelvilyn Toves, Registrar
Angela Figueroa, Oncology Nurse
Porsha, Palacios, CNA
Tasia Sablan, Financial Counselor
  • State-of-the-art outpatient treatment right here at CHCC. We will treat a patient’s cancer with medications, when appropriate, with the goals to cure the cancer, shrink the cancer to improve quality of life, or prevent cancer from returning (relapsing) with:
    • The most advanced chemotherapy treatment available
    • The most advanced oral treatment targeted to cancer mutations available
    • The most advanced immunotherapy treatment and treatment combinations available (stimulating the patient’s immune system to attack the cancer)
  • Review of tissue biopsies with our pathologists to ensure accurate diagnosis
  • Advanced molecular analysis of tissue biopsies that can allow for targeted treatments
  • Advanced imaging with CT scans, ultrasound, and x-rays to “stage” a patient’s cancer and determine how the cancer is responding to treatment
  • Thorough patient histories and careful exams to understand how the cancer developed, how it is affecting the patient, and to assess for possible complications of the cancer or treatment
  • Nutritional and healthy lifestyle counseling
  • Coordination of care with CHCC surgeons when surgery is appropriate
  • Referral to off-island radiation and specialty surgeons when appropriate, and coordination of care with off-island specialists
  • Comprehensive follow-up care after cancer treatment, including blood testing and imaging when appropriate
  • Oncology nursing team support
  • Advanced pharmacist team support
  • Access to the hospital and hospitalist team for clinical problems that cannot be treated as an outpatient
  • Satellite Cancer Clinics alternating monthly in Rota and Tinian (for office visits only, not treatment)
  • House calls to a patient's home when appropriate
  • Cancer symptom management
  • Benign hematology (blood) problems: The oncology team will also evaluate and treat patients who have complex blood disorders, even if there’s no concern that the patient has cancer
Contact Us
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM
Physician on call for urgent matters 24/7.
Northern Marianas Oncology Center, CHCC Navy Hill Campus, front entrance next to Dialysis Center
(670) 234-8950 - ask for the Northern Marianas Oncology Center; after hours ask for the oncologist on call
(670) 234-8951 - Press 4 for the Oncology Department
(670) 233-0050

Make an appointment
Usually your primary care physician or surgeon will refer you to the Northern Marianas Oncology Center, and we will call you to schedule an appointment. If you have a cancer and do not have a regular physician, call (670) 234-8950 and ask for the Northern Marianas Oncology Center; we will obtain your records and schedule an appointment for you.
Last Updated:4/4/2022