Care & research
BC Cancer’s mandate covers the spectrum of cancer care, from prevention and screening, to diagnosis, treatment, and through to rehabilitation. Our 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.
BC Cancer operates six regional cancer centres, providing assessment and diagnostic services, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and supportive care.
Each of BC Cancer’s centres delivers cancer treatment based on provincial standards and guidelines established by BC Cancer.
We work in partnership with communities to provide a network of chemotherapy clinics so patients can receive care closer to home.
Research is an essential part of BC Cancer’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 BC Cancer’s physicians and researchers at our six centres, the Deeley Research Centre (located in Victoria) and the BC Cancer Research Centre (located in Vancouver), we can quickly translate new discoveries into clinical applications. BC Cancer’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 BC Cancer.
BC Cancer is committed to providing all patients with access to a full range of quality cancer services, regardless of where in BC they live.
BC Cancer 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.