Each of BC Cancer’s centres delivers cancer treatment based on provincial standards and guidelines established by BC Cancer. Specialized treatments include assessment and diagnostic services, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and supportive care. The BC Cancer SAHCSI provides a full scope of cancer treatments in Kelowna.
Chemotherapy and hormone therapy use special drugs to destroy cancer cells. You may take these drugs by mouth, or may have them injected through a vein in your arm.
Radiation therapy uses beams of high-energy x-rays to destroy cancer cells. It is required by almost half of all cancer patients at some point in their treatment.
Some newer treatments use special agents which are not like other drugs. Your oncologist and pharmacist will explain your treatments and answer your questions.
Surgery alone sometimes cures cancer. Sometimes it is used in conjunction with other treatments such as chemotherapy (cancer drugs) or radiation therapy.