The NCI, which is a project under Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) will be headed by Dr G.K. Rath who is also the chief of Institute Rotary Cancer hospital at AIIMS.
According to AIIMS sources, the new cancer centre will take off some load from AIIMS which receives more than 1000 patients daily. While the doctors have already started the OPDs, the proper functioning of all departments at the NCI will start from January 2019. This has been divided into three phases with the first phase likely to have 250 beds available for the public. Built at a cost of Rs 2,035 crore, the NCI has 710 beds in which 200 beds have been dedicated for the treatment of those cancers which are based on research protocols. Indoor admissions will also be opened to the public in a phased manner by mid January. The NCI will be the nodal institution for all activities related to cancer in the country and will have linkages with regional cancer centres and other cancer institutes within the country. It will act as the premier institute for cancer, identify priority areas for research and development and related areas, will carry out basic and applied research in molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, cancer epidemiology, radiation biology, cancer vaccines and more. The NCI will evolve model cancer control strategies for the developing world which will include newer modalities of prevention, early diagnosis and therapy. It will also act as a centre for development of human resource in various branches of cancer management.