Dr Nathan Bain

Medical Oncologist
Become a Patient

I am passionate about delivering world-class cancer care to regional communities and believe that such care begins with compassion and clear communication. I understand my patients are experiencing a significant life event and as their oncologist, I strive to always keep them at the centre of treatment. I am dedicated to empowering my patients to make evidence-based decisions to achieve the best possible outcomes.


Dr Nathan Bain is a consultant medical oncologist at Icon Cancer Centre Townsville. In 2015 he completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of Queensland and undertook specialist medical oncology training at Monash Health, Ballarat Health Service and Northern Health in Victoria. In 2022 Dr Bain became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) and completed a medical oncology clinical trials fellowship at Monash Health, with a focus on the management and treatment of melanoma, gastrointestinal, lung and head and neck cancers.

Dr Bain has an active interest in research and clinical trials, with a particular focus on the development and trialling of new drugs therapies in lung cancer and gastrointestinal cancer. He has published several articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and presented at state and national meetings. His clinical experience covers a broad range of solid tumour malignancies with a special interest in colorectal cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, lung cancer and melanoma.

Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • Australasian Gastro-intestinal Cancer Trials Group (AGITG)
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA)
  • Medical Oncology Group of Australia (MOGA)
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP)
  • Thoracic Oncology Group of Australasia (TOGA)


Special Interests

Dr Nathan Bain accepts referrals for all cancer types, with a special clinical interest in:
  • Clinical research
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Melanoma

Icon Locations

Townsville View centre

Visiting Locations

  • Townsville University Hospital
  • Mater Private Hospital Townsville


  • Minimal residual disease inĀ EGFR-mutant non-small-cell lung cancer. N.T. Bain, Y. Wang & Arulananda. Frontiers in Oncology, 2022; 12: 1002714.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Australian Patients with Solid Organ Cancers. Bain N, M. Nguyen, L. Grech, D. Day, A. McCartney, K. Webber, A. Kwok, S. Harris, H. Chau, B. Chan, L. Nott, N. Hamad, A. Tognela, C. Underhill, B.S. Loe, D. Freeman & E. Segelov On Behalf Of The Canvaccs Investigators. Vaccines (Basel), 2022; 10(9): 1373.

  • Serious Underlying Medical Conditions and COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: A Large Cross-Sectional Analysis from Australia. Day D, L. Grech, M. Nguyen, N. Bain, A. Kwok, S. Harris, H. Chau, B. Chan, R. Blennerhassett, L. Nott, N. Hamad, A. Tognela, D. Hoffman, A. McCartney, K. Webber, J. Wong, C. Underhill, B. Sillars, A. Winkel, M. Savage, B.S. Loe, D. Freeman & E. Segelov On Behalf Of The Canvaccs Diabvaccs And Msvaccs Investigators. Vaccines (Basel), 2022;10(6): 851.