Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute
Civil Hospital Campus, Asarwa,
Over more than fifty years, The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute has been leading the fight against the menace of cancer with ultra modern treatment arsenal, advanced research, preventive care and intense community awareness.
A cultural event organized by the ladies members of the Inner Wheel Club of Ahmedabad sowed the seed of a greater humanitarian cause by establishing The Gujarat Cancer Society on April 2, 1961, under the presidentship of the then Governor of Gujarat H.E. Shri Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung, with a seed amount of Rs.5000 generated from the event. The Government of Gujarat in January 1962 agreed to give land measuring 4 acres in the New Civil Hospital Compound to the Society for construction of Cancer hospital. The foundation stone was laid on January 26, 1962 and building planning was done under the guidance of top experts of the country, Atomic energy commission and WHO. The governing council laid down a policy for accepting donations from the community. As a result of this policy and tireless efforts of the office bearers of the society, and most importantly people’s trust in them, started spontaneous flow of donations from across the globe in building an institute of the people, by the people and for the people of Gujarat and its neighboring state. The first major gesture of charity was made in 1964 by Shri M.P Shah charitable trust by offering a generous donation of £55000 for the construction of cancer hospital. Assessment and advise of high power committee of Govt of India e.g. Rao commission (June 1965) and Paymaster committee(August 1965) germinated the process of building a cancer hospital namely M. P. Shah Cancer hospital in December 1966. The Wahi committee, which was appointed by the Govt. of India to assess the need of various cancer hospitals in India, recommended further expansion and development of this hospital as Regional Cancer Hospital and Research Centre on May 1972. The Govt of Gujarat granted additional 3.3 acre land to meet the need for Research, Registry, administration and treatment building. In February 1972 with joint efforts of Government of Gujarat & Gujarat Cancer Society under a tripartite agreement crystallized the formation of an autonomous institution which has over the years metamorphosed into present edifice of one of the most modern 650 bedded Comprehensive Cancer Care Centre of the country known as The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute.
Super Speciality :
- M.Ch – Surgical Oncology
- DM – Medical Oncology
MD / MS :
- M.Sc. IN CANCER BIOLOGY
- Medical Radiotherapy Technology
- Medical Laboratory Technology
Research in Cancer Biology:
The Department is involved in basic and applied research in cancer biology and caters advanced diagnostic services for cancer patients. The department is affiliated to B.J. Medical College and recognized by Gujarat University to runs MSc (Cancer Biology) & PhD(Life Sciences) degrees. It is also recognized by M.S. University for PhD(Biochemistry) degree.
The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute (GCRI), established in the year 1972, is a functional autonomous body jointly managed by Government of Gujarat and Gujarat Cancer Society. It is also a Regional Cancer Centre of Government of India and getting assistance under National Cancer Control Programme. GCRI is a unique example of cooperation between State Government, Central Government and Non-Government Organization.
The mission of the GCRI is to provide state-of-the art diagnostic and therapeutic services to the patients of all types of origin and financial background suffering from cancer. GCRI’s scope also encompasses registering the tumor burden in the population, prevention through awareness drives, solving local medical problems through research and training of medical students as well as imparting knowledge to the medical fraternity. GCRI, with a multi-disciplinary close relationship between cancer care, research and education, intends to provide the greatest hope to the patients and the general population whose needs, we endeavour to cater to. It strives to see that fruits of modern science reach up to the last man.
Today, the GCRI is a largest cancer hospital of the country with union of best oncologists’ team with world class facilities for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The institute has three huge buildings which were intended to provide best and high standard health services and nursing care in all branches of oncology. This 650 bedded cancer hospital has taken excellent care of 25,905 new cases, 2,73,667 outdoor patients, 20,855 indoor admissions in 2011. For the patient care, the institute has total strength of 940 permanent employees in categories of class I, II and III officers (nursing), class IV employees and 110 resident doctors.
GCRI is one of the finest cancer care centres with specialties in surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, preventive oncology, pediatric oncology, neuro- oncology, gynec-oncology, radiodiagnosis and nuclear medicine, pathology and microbiology, laboratory medicine. The institute also provides other allied services like home hospice care, physiotherapy, stoma clinic, speech therapy, prosthesis and rehabilitation, cancer health checkup, alternative medicine clinic. GCRI is equipped with the latest diagnostic and interventional equipment to achieve good quality patient care. The institute has ultra-modern operation theatres equipped with ultra modern gadgets required for all the types major and minor surgeries for cancer patients. The institute also has a bone marrow transplantation unit, endoscopy unit with flexible fibre-optic video endoscopes, colposcopes, spiral CT scan, PET scan, linear accelerators, a Brachy- therapy unit, High dose and Micro selectrons and a Mammograph machine. Radiotherapy department of GCRI is fully equipped with three 6MV electa linear accelerators, one varian 6MV linear accelerator, one cobalt machine, with facilities for three dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT), intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) and stereotactic radiosurgery (SRC), one contact therpy machine, one low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy unit, three microselectron high dose rate (HDR) brachytherpy unit, two electa simulator machines, one Siemens CT simulator machine. In addition, the institute has latest technologies in laboratory for cancer diagnosis and management. The institute diagnostic labs are accredited by NABL that ensures quality diagnosis. In 2011, the institute has performed 14,62,598 Laboratory tests, 1,09,739 Histological examinations, 92,849 Imaging & Radiological investigations, 19,673 Major and Minor surgeries, 41,985 Chemotherapy Treatment, 18,947 Radiation Treatment.