Diagnostic laboratory services include phlebotomy, histopathology, diagnostic cytology, flow cytometry and cancer genetics. Testing performed in these sections is available through referrals from physicians and the BC cancer centres.
Cervical cancer screening laboratory services includes primary cervical cytology screening and in-scope HPV testing from all the cervical specimens collected from clinicians across BC.
Turnaround Time (TAT) for reports is measured from time of accessioning into the Laboratory Information System to time of sign out by the pathologists.
**Please note: Turnaround time for cancer genetics tests - NGS panels (updated Oct 2023):
NGS Panel results are being delayed beyond our target turnaround time. Due to the high volume of requests for results, we are not able to respond to every message with an estimated report date. We are committed to reporting results as quickly as possible. If the result is STAT and will impact the clinical management of the patient, then please contact CancerGeneticsLab@bccancer.bc.ca with additional information and justification. These requests will be forwarded to the medical director for approval of expedited results.
Expected TATs are summarized here:
Turnaround Times - Updated Dec 2023
Under some circumstances, cases may take longer than the expected benchmark TAT. Reasons may include:
- Processing time - technical reasons requiring prolonged processing before examination
- Second opinion- difficult diagnosis requiring another pathologist opinion
- Additional testing- special tests may add several days
- Troubleshooting- information missing which may aid in diagnosis
Oncotype DX testing is offered to patients with certain criteria and is performed off-site. The process and forms can be found below:
Note: This test is for
This testing is performed at Genomic Health, California USA.
This process was revised in to accommodate payment for the test by BC Cancer, under certain new
criteria (JPEG) (Sept 29, 2021). This process cannot be used for self-pay patients.
The new procedure is (revised 2020):
- Complete a Compassionate Access Program request on the CAP website.
- Complete the
consent form (PDF) with the patient and submit it to CAP by fax or via DocuSign.
Note that the patient MUST sign the form. Writing "telephone consent" is NOT acceptable. For further information on how to sign the document:
DocuSign – how to sign document (provider guide) (PDF) and
DocuSign – how to sign document (patient guide) (PDF)
- Complete a requisition form on the Genomic Health patient online portal:
- CAP will advise if the application is successful.
- For a successful application, Genomic Health will apply to the hospital that holds the tissue for a sample to be tested.
- Upon completion of the test, the results will be available to the requesting physician on the secure patient portal.
flow diagram of the process (PDF).
Additional information can be found at:
Genomic Health, Inc.®
Customer Service - International
Phone: +650 569 2080
Toll free: +866 662 6897 (Canada)
If you have any questions about the process for requesting this test please contact:
Pathology Office, Supervisor, BC Cancer - VCC
Tel: 604-877-6000 #672073