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Research

Updated: January 18, 2013

Lab researchers work togetherResearch is an essential part of our mission to find the causes of cancer, and to find better treatments to give patients longer life, and a better quality of life.

Through collaborative research, we can quickly translate new discoveries into clinical applications.

There is a wide variety of research taking place at the BC Cancer Agency: traditional research based in the laboratory; translational research in partnership with patients; looking at how we provide counselling and support; and clinical trials where patients have the option to try new therapies.

The BC Cancer Agency’s five regional centres in Abbotsford, the Southern Interior, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver and on Vancouver Island conduct international clinical research trials seeking treatments that are more effective, work better at prolonging life, or have fewer side-effects.

Laboratory research takes place primarily in specific centres: the BC Cancer Agency’s Research Centre in Vancouver (which also hosts the Terry Fox Laboratory and Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre), and the BC Cancer Agency’s Deeley Research Centre, located at the Vancouver Island Centre in Victoria.

The BC Cancer Agency’s five regional centres also conduct international clinical research trials, seeking treatments that are more effective, work better at prolonging life, or have fewer side-effects.

We partner closely with research institutions, non-profit organizations, and industry around the world to help drive new discoveries forward quickly.

One of our largest supporters is the BC Cancer Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency. One measure of the quality of research at the BC Cancer Agency is the success of our researchers in competing for grants both nationally and internationally.