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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.

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

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Current Priorities


New BC Cancer Centre in Kamloops

Development of a new BC Cancer centre is underway in Kamloops, expanding access to cancer care in the Interior. The BC Cancer Foundation will be fundraising to bring state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge clinical trials to the new Centre.

The new BC Cancer centre in Kamloops will:

  • Include radiation therapy, an MRI suite, a CT simulator, exam rooms and out-patient ambulatory care
  • Complete 14,000 radiation treatment visits per year, diverting local patients from needing to travel to Kelowna to access care
  • Bring life-saving care and research closer to home for patients in Kamloops and the surrounding communities
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 life-saving approach that includes chemotherapy in combination with personalized drug therapies. With patient needs in the province increasing by 60% over the next 10 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.
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.

Thank You to Our Donors

Chad Bannister and family

Bannister Family Donates $1.5 Million to Transform Cancer Care

“With three generations of our family living in the Okanagan, we know the importance of having world-class cancer care close to home and are proud to help ensure this continues to be available for our communities for the generations to come” - Chad & Lyn Bannister on behalf of the family.

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Wade Redden with Family

Danica and Wade Redden Donate $100,000 to BC Cancer – Kelowna

“We’re truly grateful for the care our loved ones have received. That’s why we’re proud to support the Foundation and hope the community will join us in bringing this important project to life.” – Danica Redden

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Kelowna Auto Dealers Association donates to BC Cancer Foundation

Kelowna Auto Dealers Raise $230,000 for BC Cancer – Kelowna

Over a 60 day-long campaign, the Kelowna Auto Dealers Association raised $230,000 in support of enhancing cancer care in the Interior – exceeding their goal of $200,000 thanks to tremendous support from the local community.

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Michele & Bruce Morris

Michele & Bruce Morris

“The professionalism and compassion of each person at BC Cancer was a privilege for me to witness firsthand as I ventured through my own cancer journey. I will forever be grateful to all the staff, especially my dedicated oncologist, Dr. Marianne Taylor, and David Greenshields, a social worker in Patient and Family Counselling. A legacy gift to the BC Cancer Foundation was a very easy decision for us to make.” - Michele Morris

Kelowna Toyota, a supporter of BC Cancer Foundation

Kelowna Toyota

“After having the opportunity to visit the BC cancer center in Kelowna it became an easy decision for Kelowna Toyota to support the BC Cancer Kelowna’s expansion of the new Systemic Therapy Suite. Everyone is impacted by this disease and to be able to help improve treatment in our community is an honour.” - Jamie Kaban, General Manager, Kelowna Toyota

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