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Pain & Symptom Management

Our clinics help improve the quality of life for individuals living with cancer and for their caregivers.
What we do
We offer pain and symptom management clinics at each of our regional cancer centres. See Clinic locations & hours

Our clinics can help you:
  • improve pain control 
  • cope with other physical problems related to cancer (for example, severe nausea, shortness of breath or fatigue) 
Our clinics can also:
  • support you and your family with emotional and social concerns that come with living with cancer 
  • assist with care planning and decision-making, especially around transitions

All cancer patients are welcome, at any time in their cancer journey, during and after treatment. 

Clinic locations & hours

Abbotsford Centre

32900 Marshall Road, Abbotsford, BC V2S 0C2
Referrals can be made by calling 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: 604-851-4710 ext 645334
Toll free (in BC & Yukon): 1-877-547-3777
Fax: 604-851-4714

Centre for the North

1215 Lethbridge Street, Prince George, BC V2M 7E9
Referrals can be made by calling 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: 250-645-7313
Toll free (in BC & Yukon): 1-855-775-7300 ext 68-7313
Fax: 250-645-7351

Fraser Valley Centre

13750 96th Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 1Z2
Referrals can be made by calling 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: 604-930-2098 ext 674958
Toll free (in BC & Yukon): 1-800-523-2885
Fax: 604-930-4045

Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior

399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5L3
Referrals can be made by calling 
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Program secretary: 250-712-3994
Appointment information, changes or follow-up appointments: 250-712-3959
For treatment questions or medical concerns contact the oncology nurse:
250-712-3944 (for chemotherapy)
250-979-6643 (for radiation)
Toll-free (in BC & Yukon): 1-888-563-7773
Fax: 250-712-3911

Vancouver Centre

600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6Z 4E6
Referrals can be made by calling 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: 604-877-6000 ext 672645 or ext 672707
Toll free (in BC & Yukon): 1-800-663-3333 ext 672645 or ext 672707
Fax: 604-877-6221

Vancouver Island Centre

2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5
Referrals can be made by calling Monday-Friday
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Phone: 250.519.5503
Toll free (in BC & Yukon): 1-800-670-3322 ext 695503
Fax: 250-519-2036


Mission & values

The Pain and Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program (PSMPC) at the BC Cancer Agency was created in 1998, after consultation with the community of palliative care providers in the province, and stakeholders within the BC Cancer Agency. 

Mission

The purpose of the BC Cancer Agency's PSMPC program is to improve the quality of life for individuals and their caregivers living with cancer. 

This is accomplished in collaboration with other palliative care partners through:

  • provision of seamless pain and symptom management and palliative support throughout the cancer journey
  • advancement of knowledge
  • transformation of knowledge into best practice

Vision

Within the BC Cancer Agency's vision, the PSMPC Program is a leader in promoting and providing palliative support and symptom management that meets the needs of our patients affected by cancer, wherever they are in the continuum of care and regardless of the goals of therapy.

Those we serve, and our partners in the community, will look to the PSMPC Program for:

  • laying the groundwork for end of life decision-making throughout the patient and family cancer experience
  • leadership in advancing and disseminating knowledge through a program of research and education
  • defining and applying the standards by which pain and symptom management for cancer patients is measured 

A provincial program structure exists to coordinate and facilitate palliative care work and interests, at the same time as preserving the community-oriented flavour of each of our cancer centres.

Advanced cancer

Introduction

The balance between quality and quantity of life should be discussed fully between the patient and their health care providers. Sometimes, in spite of the best efforts of the oncologists and other health care providers, cancer advances to a point where it can’t be cured. 

Treatment options at this point can include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, other medications and counselling. Other options available can include classes, respite and hospice. 

Palliative care and symptom management, which are part of every cancer patient’s treatment, can continue to benefit the patient at this stage of life. Patient and Family Counselling can offer support to patients and caregivers. 

2015_PalliativeCarePoster_forWebPage.pdf

Advanced cancer is defined as cancer that is unlikely to be cured. Healthcare professionals may also use the terms secondary, metastatic, terminal or progressive cancer to describe it. 

 

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. 

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age. 


Palliative care is appropriate at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment. A palliative care team will help to develop a personal treatment plan, which may include medication and non-medicinal supports.

 
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