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About Our Research

BC Cancer conducts research into a wide variety of areas. 

We do traditional research in the laboratory and translational research with patients, and we look at how we provide counselling and support and clinical trials, in which patients have the option to try new therapies. 

Our Research Centre in Vancouver also hosts several research programs.

Imaging Unit

BC Cancer's Imaging Unit (formerly Cancer Imaging) exploits the interaction of light at both the micro- and macroscopic level to detect, delineate, grade and treat early (predominantly pre-invasive) cancers.

Genetics Unit

Research at BC Cancer's Genetics Unit (formerly Cancer Genetics and Developmental Biology) focuses on identifying genomic changes, and signalling and metabolic pathways associated with tumour progression.

Deeley Research Centre

BC Cancer's Trev & Joyce Deeley Research Centre (DRC), which opened in 2003, is located on Vancouver Island in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The DRC is housed in BC Cancer's Vancouver Island Centre, and serves as a translational research centre that performs "bench-to-bedside" research for patients on Vancouver Island and throughout the province of BC.


Radiation Biology Unit

BC Cancer's Radiation Biology Unit (formerly the Department of Medical Biophysics) focuses on improving radiation and drug treatment of solid tumours; studies into the biology and vasculature of solid tumours; and methods of treating tumours and predicting their response to treatment.

Cancer Control Research

The major effort of the Cancer Control Research (CCR) Program is directed toward reducing cancer incidence and mortality in BC through innovative research projects. The program also plays a key role in BC Cancer's cancer control activities by monitoring the impact of cancer by region of the province, and by assessing the referral trends for BC Cancer's cancer clinics. CCR staff are also involved in the scientific direction of the BC Cancer Registry.

We partner closely with research institutions, non-profit organizations, and industry around the world to help drive new discoveries forward quickly. One of our largest supporters is the BC Cancer Foundation. One measure of the quality of our research is the success of our researchers in competing for grants both nationally and internationally. 

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