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Mission, Function & Structure


The Network's mission is to promote the best surgical oncology care through: 

  1. Leadership, advocacy, mentoring and education
  2. Providing strong linkages between BC Cancer, surgeons and hospitals across BC
  3. Integrating quality surgical oncology services into the formal cancer care system
  4. Developing partnerships and collaborations provincially and nationally.

  1. To increase recognition of the Surgical Oncology Network as the leading advisory and resource body for surgical oncology in BC, and to foster partnerships provincially and nationally.
  2. To promote and implement best practices for quality cancer surgery and enhance access to multidisciplinary patient-centred care.
  3. To evaluate and improve patient outcomes through research and quality data collection, management and reporting processes.
  4. To promote continuous quality improvement of surgical oncology through advocacy, mentoring, medical education and professional development. 



  • Sets priorities for the Council and Network.
  • Establish networks to facilitate the integration of community surgeons into the cancer treatment system.
  • Perform annual performance review of the Council and Network.
  • Provide and disseminate information about surgical oncology activities in a timely manner to surgeons, surgical oncologists and the Health Regions through the website, videoconferencing and newsletter.
  • Liaise with the Ministry of Health (including the provision of regular reports).
  • Appoint Surgical Oncology Tumour Group Chairs and recommend surgeons for membership on BC Cancer Tumour Groups.
  • Establishes and oversees Surgical Oncology Network Council Committees, including the appointment of Committee Chairs.
  • Liaise with Health Authorities (Fraser Health, Interior Health, Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Vancouver Island Health Authorities).


  • Assists with the planning, implementation and promotion of activities for the Network.
SOURCE: Mission, Function & Structure ( )
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