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Patient/Public Info

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.

Learn about cancer, its treatment, and the many support services available to you.

Program times and locations, cancer centre events, etc. are in our Regional Services section.

Living with Cancer

Resources & Frequently Asked Questions

Prevention & Screening

  • Prevention
    More than 50% of cancers are preventable. What you eat, whether you smoke, your level of activity, and how you spend time in the sun can affect your chances of getting cancer
  • Screening Programs
    Pap tests, mammograms, hereditary cancer, and screening for lung, oral and prostate cancer

PET Imaging

  • PET Functional Imaging
    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an imaging procedure that enables physicians to more accurately diagnose and manage disease, especially cancer

Advance Care Planning: Making your future health care decisions

Advance care planning is the process of thinking about, and writing down, your wishes or instructions for future health care treatment in the event you become incapable of deciding for yourself. On September 1, 2011, advance directives became another new legal option for capable adults in British Columbia to do advance care planning to make their wishes known for their future health care treatment decisions.

For more information about advance care planning, including how to make an advance care plan, name a Representative in a Representation Agreement, or to make an advance directive, visit the Ministry of Health Advance Care Planning page.

If you are a health care provider in B.C. and want to know more about B.C.’s health care consent laws, see the updated Health Care Providers’ Guide to Consent to Health Care.