Beyond Belief Interior Region

B.C.’s interior is fast becoming a centre for cancer care innovation. Already a leader in clinical trials and advancement, we’re going even further.
Dr. Juanita Crook

We have the experts, the infrastructure and the opportunity to turn hope into reality. It starts right here in the Interior, with all of us.

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Current Priorities

Systemic Therapy space at BC Cancer – Kelowna

Accelerate a New World-Class Systemic Therapy Suite

BC Cancer – Kelowna is a leading provider of Systemic Therapy, a lifesaving approach that includes chemotherapy in combination with personalized drug therapies. With patient needs in the province increasing by 60% over the next ten years, BC Cancer – Kelowna’s systemic therapy space must expand to meet that demand.

Program Highlights:

  • vastly improve wait times with locals receiving treatments almost immediately;
  • increase treatment capacity by 40%
  • bring new clinical trials to the Interior – opening doors to state-of-the-art therapies
  • create three new isolation bays to protect immune-compromised patients.
Breast Cancer Research

Increase Breast Cancer Research

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for B.C. women. Opportunities to improve breast cancer diagnosis and advance research are greater than ever before. Through BC Cancer’s life-giving research in Breast Cancer, thousands of women have restored health and better outcomes.

Program Highlights:

  • advance B-PRECISE – B.C’s most comprehensive study of the evolution of breast cancer over time and treatment efficacy
  • expand on the number of breast cancer clinical trials available for women in the Interior
  • create effective, lasting breast cancer solutions
  • increase long-term survivorship for the most severe types of breast cancer – including Triple Negative Breast Cancer.
Genomics Research

Cultivate Genomics Research

BC Cancer’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre is an international leader in genomics research. Genomics is the study of a person’s genes, and how they interact with each other and their environment. Our one-of-a-kind program provides personalized treatments for many people with hard-to-treat, incurable cancers.

Supporting our Genomics Research will:

  • enhance world-first genomics therapies – giving fresh hope to people who have tried every other avenue in cancer treatment
  • innovate tailored therapies for tumour mutations – matching treatments with a patient’s precise needs
  • improve and change how clinicians treat, detect and prevent cancer
  • grow our team of internationally-renown genomics experts
Dr. Sara Taylor

Attract and Retain World-Leading Talent

Our experts are already among the best in the world. Now we want to expand our teams across the province to help them go further. The more talent we foster and produce, the faster we accelerate discoveries, and bring better treatments to patients everywhere in B.C.

Key Focus Areas:

  • enable critical training and mentorship through clinical fellowships for young scientists
  • retain top scientists in B.C.’s interior to continue the pivotal research they’ve done across multiple cancers
  • fund our Rising Stars Awards – a program that uplifts BIPOC and women leaders of tomorrow
Patient Comfort

Support the Patient Relief Fund

Help Interior patients receive the care they need with financial, travel, and resource support, regardless of where they call home. The Patient Relief Fund is essential to removing financial, geographical, and cultural barriers to equitable care in every region.

The Patient Relief Fund: 

  • Assists with the cost of travel, accommodation and groceries while undergoing treatment away from home;
  • Provide coverage for some treatment-related expenses, such as medical supplies, nutritional supplements and medications;
  • Helps with the financial cost of dental work required by some patients; and
  • Addresses the gap in equitable care with a specific portion of funds going to Indigenous people facing cancer

To learn more about how you can support priorities in the Interior, please contact Pardeep Khrod at pardeep.khrod@bccancer.bc.ca.

Dr. Ross Halperin

Meeting the Needs of all British Columbians

“The interior health region is a geographical area larger than the United Kingdom. This is our chance to make sure the best in research and treatments reach the people who call this area home.”

Dr. Ross Halperin
Medical Director
BC Cancer — Kelowna