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Who We Are

BC Cancer provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of B.C.

BC Cancer’s mandate covers the full spectrum of cancer care from prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment, to research and education, to supportive and palliative care.


A world free from cancer


To reduce the burden of cancer in British Columbia


  • We provide person-centred care and support
  • We collaborate to deliver high-quality integrated care
  • We treat all those we serve with compassion and kindness
  • We serve with purpose and passion
  • We inspire creativity and excellence through innovation

Coast Salish Teachings

Learn more about the Coast Salish teachings gifted to PHSA by Knowledge Keeper, Sulksun, Shane Pointe.

  • Thee eat “Truth”
  • Eyhh slaxin “Good medicine”
  • Nuts a maht “We are one” 
  • Whax hooks in shqwalowin “Open your hearts and your mind”
  • Kwum kwum stun shqwalowin “Make up your mind to be strong”
  • Tee ma thit “Do your best”

Cancer care for B.C.

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.

Cancer research for B.C.

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.

Prevention & early detection of cancer

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

Provincial networks

BC Cancer is committed to providing all patients with access to a full range of quality cancer services, regardless of where in B.C. 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.

What we do
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2016 Report to the Community

2016 was a year of important advances for BC Cancer. 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'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.

2016 Research Report

The 2016 Research Report overs achievements from all across BC Cancer, 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 2016.

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