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Who We Are

The BC Cancer Agency provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of BC.

We accept patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and are referred by a physician.

Care & research

The BC Cancer Agency’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. 

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 six 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.

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.


Prevention & early detection of cancer

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

  • 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.
  • Screening helps identify those with risk factors for cancer or who are in its early stages. Screens are used for the types of cancers that when detected early can reduce deaths.


2016 Report to the Community

2016 was a year of important advances for the BC Cancer Agency. This inaugural Report to the Community provides an update to British Columbians and highlights some of the exciting work that took place across the province. While a significant restructuring of leadership was the key focus of BC Cancer Agency's executive team, our nurses, doctors, scientists and staff continued their focused on delivering high quality patient care, developing innovative practices and systems and advancing world-class cancer research. Read about these achievements and more in this year's report.

2015 Research Report

The 2015 Research Report covers achievements from all across the BC Cancer Agency, including its nine research departments over its six regional Centres, the Technology Development Office and the BC Cancer Foundation. Read all about our cutting-edge research, technology, accomplishments and other highlights from 2015.

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