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Family Practice Oncology Network

Bringing the lens of primary care to BC Cancer, and providing cancer care education and resources for primary care providers throughout BC and the Yukon.

New learning opportunities & resources:

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Initiated in 2002, Family Practice Oncology Network programs and initiatives have grown to include:
In 2017, BC Cancer established its Provincial Primary Care Program of which the Network and all its initiatives are a part. The Primary Program is building on the Network's success, expanding to bring the voice of primary care to BC Cancer and facilitating communication throughout the cancer care system. See Moving Forward and Priorities tabs above for details. 


Moving Forward

With a 40% increase in cancer diagnoses in Canada projected by 2030, BC Cancer is working to provide significantly more support to family physicians beginning with plans to better integrate  primary care into the cancer care continuum. This began with the 2017 establishment of the Provincial Primary Care Program - the expansion and evolution of the Family Practice Oncology Network. 

Primary Care Needs Assessment:

To inform the development of this more comprehensive program, the Network conducted a province-wide needs assessment with UBC's Division of Continuing Professional Development. The assessment aimed to determine the current and unmet needs of family physicians providing care for patients throughout the continuum of cancer care. 

Completed in September 2018, the assessment included key interviews, a comprehensive survey, and five focus groups. Each phase collected information pertaining to the core issues surrounding the current and future provision of cancer care and the most effective role that family physicians can play. 

The results of this assessment, together with further strategic discussions, will guide the vision and focus of the Provincial Primary Care Program, and inform BC Cancer's relationship with primary care. 

Primary Care Needs Assessment Executive Summary, Sept 2018

Primary Care Needs Assessment Final Report, Sept 2018 (full report)

Building Bridges, Strengthening Care: Summary of Strategic Discussions, Oct 19, 2018

Summary Poster, Nov 2018

Related Resources:

Journey Mapping in Cancer Care, Feb 2019
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council


All initiatives of the Provincial Primary Care Program will align with the upcoming Ministry of Health/BC Cancer Strategy for Cancer Care including the transformation of family physician practices and health authority primary care clinics into team-based Patient Medical Homes linked together in Primary Care Networks, and supported by the Specialized Community Services Program now under development. 


  • Advocate for improved access to appropriate clinical resources/services for patients;
  • Develop practice tools for supporting patients with cancer; and
  • Provide education and training for physicians


  • Provide oncology-based education and resources for community-based primary care providers
  • Bring the primary care lens to oncology care and improve continuity of care
  • Work with Primary Care Networks and Patient Medical Homes to enhance care
  • Support Specialized Community Services Program in Cancer Care

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