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Who We Are

BC Cancer 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

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. 

Cancer Care for BC

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 BC

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.

Provincial networks

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.

Prevention

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.

Reports

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.

2015 Research Report

The 2015 Research Report covers 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 2015.

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