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What people are saying about B.C.’s investments in cancer care

Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Health –

“Cancer strikes communities in every corner of our province, and it’s crucial that care is within reach for us all. Our government will continue to support people in rural and remote communities when they need to travel to receive care, so they can focus on treatment, not the logistics and costs of getting the services they need.”

Kelli Paddon, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity –

“Through B.C.’s 10-year Cancer Care Plan, we’re working towards eliminating cervical cancer in a decade. By launching cervix self-screening provincewide, health care is made more accessible, and empowers people with the tools they need to take prevention into their own hands.”

Sarah Roth, president and chief executive officer, BC Cancer Foundation –

“BC Cancer Foundation was honoured to receive the provincial government’s historic $150-million cancer-research grant in 2023. The grant – working in tandem with hundreds of foundation donor-funded, groundbreaking research initiatives, clinical trials and capital projects – serves as a catalyst to save more lives in every corner of B.C.”  

David Byres, president and chief executive officer, Provincial Health Services Authority –

“All British Columbians are deserving of high quality, culturally safe and equitable outcomes and experiences. To achieve this, we are leveraging expert thinking from the Global Advisory Panel, as well as the skill and experiences of staff, physicians, patients, families, Indigenous and First Nations people, researchers, volunteers and partners across the province. Together, we are focused on creating the best possible outcomes and experience for those we serve.”

Sarah Johnston, cancer patient and member of BC Cancer – Kelowna’s Regional Patient Experience Committee –

“I finished chemo and radiation therapy for breast cancer one year ago and today I’m doing everything I can to be a healthier version of myself and to use my voice to improve the experiences of people with cancer. This work is about more than improving care today. It’s about ensuring that when our loved ones face their own cancer diagnoses they have the best possible experience and long, healthy lives beyond cancer.”

B.C.’s 10-Year Cancer Action Plan

In 2023, the Province launched B.C.’s Cancer Action Plan, investing $440 million to:

  • expand cancer-care teams and service hours and hire more staff;
  • introduce revised pay structures as of April 1, 2023, to ensure B.C. is attractive and competitive nationally and internationally for oncologists and radiation therapists;
  • improve cancer-screening programs;
  • increase Indigenous patient support positions;
  • support cancer research and attract the skilled cancer-care providers needed to provide specialized treatments; and
  • add new funding to support people living in rural and remote communities who need to travel for cancer care.

The Province’s Action Plan is strengthening cancer care so more people throughout British Columbia can count on timely and co-ordinated health-care services.

The Action Plan is driven by four key priorities:

  1. Prevent cancer and find cancer earlier through prevention, screening, diagnosis and staging to provide the best chance of lowering the risk of developing or dying from cancer, and helping people live longer, healthier lives.
  2. Ensure timely access to cancer treatments so more people can get the right treatment faster.
  3. Optimize care through collaboration and partnership to support patients in each step of their cancer journey and connect patients to care close to home with the newest treatment options, driven by scientific advances.
  4. Revitalize our cancer-care system through essential enablers to build a strong cancer-care system of health-care professionals, as well as the data and research, the capital and IT infrastructure necessary.