The Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) was established in 2010 to be a voice for patients and families receiving care for a brain tumour at BC Cancer.
Our mission is to identify gaps and promote improvements in care for individuals living with brain tumours, advocate for better treatments and empower patients and families to live their lives as well and as long as possible.
PFAC provides expert guidance in the BC Cancer neuro-oncology care program, develops research initiatives and creates opportunities for a sense of community to flourish. Our members are patients and family caregivers who bring the wisdom gained from their own experiences with a brain tumour to improve the lives of others living with these diseases.
Our efforts over almost 10 years include:
- Patient Information Days
- Art Shows
- The development of a Peer Navigator Program
- A quarterly patient newsletter, Headlines
- The establishment of the Terry Kennerley Award for outstanding contributions to the brain tumour community
- The development of written material for those undergoing treatment or interested in Advance Care Planning
- Participation in clinical trial and grant review committees.
PFAC members become members of the BC Cancer Patient and Family Network; privileges include free parking for volunteer services and the possibility of other avenues to guide care at BC Cancer.
If you would like more information about PFAC, please send an email or call 604-877-6072.