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About BC Cancer Agency

Updated: August 27, 2009

The BC Cancer Agency, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides a province-wide, population-based cancer control program for the residents of British Columbia and the Yukon. The Agency accepts patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and are referred by a physician.

The BC Cancer Agency’s mandate covers the spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and screening, to diagnosis, treatment, and through to rehabilitation. The BC Cancer Agency’s mandate is driven by a three-fold mission:

  • To reduce the incidence of cancer
  • To reduce the mortality rate of people with cancer
  • To improve the quality of life of people living with cancer

This mission drives everything we do, including providing screening, diagnosis and care, setting treatment standards, and conducting research into causes of, and cures for, cancer. View the BC Cancer Agency fact sheet.

Cancer Care for BC

The BC Cancer Agency operates six regional cancer centres, providing assessment and diagnostic services, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and supportive care.

Each of the BC Cancer Agency’s centres delivers cancer treatment based on provincial standards and guidelines established by the Agency.

We work in partnership with communities to provide a network of chemotherapy clinics so patients can receive care closer to home.

Cancer Research for BC

Research is an essential part of the BC Cancer Agency’s mission to not only find the causes of cancer, but to find better treatments for prolonged life and better quality of life.

With direct links between the BC Cancer Agency’s physicians and researchers at our five centres, the Deeley Research Centre (located in Victoria) and the BC Cancer Agency’s Research Centre (located in Vancouver), we can quickly translate new discoveries into clinical applications. The BC Cancer Agency’s Research Centre includes eight specialty laboratories including the Genome Sciences Centre, and the Terry Fox Laboratory.

The BC Cancer Foundation raises funds for cancer research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency.

Prevention and early detection of cancer

Reducing the incidence of cancer is an essential part of the BC Cancer Agency’s mission.

Prevention

Cancer prevention is an essential part of cancer control. While many cancers are not yet preventable, evidence shows that a number are influenced by lifestyle or environment choices.

Cervical Cancer Screening Program

The BC Cancer Agency initiated the world’s first population-based service to detect early, curable cancer of the uterine cervix. Pap smears, taken by a woman’s family physician, have made a significant contribution to reducing the incidence of, and mortality rate due to, cervical cancer.

Regional Colposcopy Clinics

Regional colposcopy clinics serve as a follow-up to cervical cancer screening. They enable women across BC to receive diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer closer to home.

Screening Mammography Program

The BC Cancer Agency initiated Canada’s first population-based program for the early detection of breast cancer. The Screening Mammography Program of BC is offered in more than 100 communities, through permanent sites and mobile screening vans.

Hereditary Cancer Program

The Hereditary Cancer Program (HCP) provides information, genetic counselling, and in some cases, genetic testing for individuals and families with a strong history of cancer. The HCP team includes genetic counsellors, physicians, other health care providers and researchers with expertise in cancer and medical genetics.

Provincial Networks

The BC Cancer Agency is committed to providing all patients with access to a full range of quality cancer services, regardless of where in BC they live. The Agency has established several networks of oncology professionals to collaborate and ensure consistent standards of cancer care and treatment are provided to patients as close to home as possible.

Communities Oncology Network

The Communities Oncology Network is a collaborative partnership with 19 community-based cancer centres, six community based cancer services, and 10 consultative clinics across the province, in conjunction with the BC Cancer Agency’s five regional cancer centres. The network also supports appropriate delivery of patient care and support in 27 other community hospitals.

Pediatric Oncology Network

This network enhances the community care of children and families by bringing multidisciplinary teams together to diagnose, manage, and follow-up pediatric patients with malignancies and blood disorders.

Family Practice Oncology Network

The goal of this network is to assist the BC Cancer Agency in its mandate to improve cancer control in the province, by providing support and connections to family physicians.

Surgical Oncology Network

This network brings together surgeons from across BC, along with other healthcare professionals, to improve the quality of surgical oncology care.

Our locations:

Cancer Centres:
Abbotsford Centre
32900 Marshall Road
Abbotsford, BC V2S 0C2
Tel: (604) 851-4710
Centre for the Southern Interior
399 Royal Avenue,
Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3
Phone: (250) 712-3900
Centre for the North 
1215 Lethbridge Street
Prince George, BC V2N 7E9
Tel: (250) 645-7300
Vancouver Centre
600 West 10th Avenue,
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6
Phone: (604) 877-6000
Fraser Valley Centre
13750 96th Avenue,
Surrey, BC V3V 1Z2
Tel: (604) 930-2098
Vancouver Island Centre
2410 Lee Avenue,
Victoria, BC V8R 6V5
Tel: (250) 519-5500
BC Cancer Agency Executive and Provincial offices:
BC Cancer Agency Executive and Provincial offices
600 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4E6 Canada
Phone: (604) 877-6000
BC Cancer Foundation:
BC Cancer Foundation
600 - 686 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1G1
Canada
Phone: (604) 877-6040
BC Cancer Agency's Research Centre:
BC Cancer Agency's Research Centre
675 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1L3 Canada
Phone: (604) 675-8000