Moving towards providing top notch medical facilities to the people of the country, India’s largest cancer hospital, the National Cancer Institute is all set to open its doors in Haryana’s Jhajjar district in January 2019. Touted as one of the largest cancer hospital, the institute is considered as a landmark in the field of cancer research in the country, shall lessen the deficit of tertiary cancer care in the northern region.
Addressing an event in AIIMS hospital in Delhi, Union Minister J P Nadda said that the National Cancer Hospital in Jhajjar will be dedicated by the third week of January. Adding further he said, the institute will have 710 beds, out of which 200 beds will be dedicated for translational research on India-specific cancers.
The institute will also avail other different facilities such as surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, anaesthesia and palliative care and nuclear medicine. The institute will have first of its kind tissue repository in India.
The institute is aimed to plan, conduct and coordinate research on cancers which are more specific to India like tobacco-related cancers, cancer of the uterine cervix, gall bladder cancer and liver cancers. The focus will be on understanding and analyzing the cause and genesis of these type of cancers, the government has said.
The national cancer institute which is ought to operate under the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi was approved back in the year 2013 and has been built at the cost of Rs 2,035 Cr. The institute will comprise 372 units of flats and 1,080 hostel rooms for staff members. A night shelter with a capacity of 800 units meant for patient attendants have also been planned.
There are more than 80 lakh cancer patients in the world. Nearly 29 lakh of them are in India. About 11 lakh cancer cases are detected every year. The institute, coming up in Badhsa village, will operate on the lines of National Cancer Institute in the US and German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum) DKFZ as a nodal centre for indigenous research, promotive, preventive and curative aspects of care and human resource development.