Opening on November 5th, 1938, the BC Cancer Agency (previously known as the British Columbia Cancer Institute) and its many counterparts oversee the treatment of Canadian patients diagnosed with cancer through various methods of care and ongoing cancer research.
Operating six centres across the province – the Abbotsford Centre, Centre for the North, Centre for the Southern Interior, Fraser Valley Centre, Vancouver Island Centre, and Vancouver Centre – each of these clinics have the ability to provide patients with a vast array of treatment and screening technologies, with quality of life being a significant factor.
Along with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the BC Cancer Agency also provides its patients and their families with other therapeutic measures and support services such as interpreters, pain and symptom management, home-care planning, follow-up appointments, education sessions, workshops and nutritionists. As a cancer diagnosis can oftentimes result in anxiety and feelings of loss of control, patient and family counsellors are also made readily available to provide guidance.
Having extensive experience working with largely geriatric populations across Canada, Dr. Ali Ghahary, a general practitioner at Brentwood Medical Clinic, knows the value of providing the most chronically ill patients and their families with access to this type of first-class care, and it is both the goal of Dr. Ghahary and the BC Cancer Agency to provide those patients with as much compassion and structured support as necessary during their time of need.