It is a great pleasure for me to give this message on behalf of the Board of Management of the Kadijah Foundation

Why does APEKSHA Hospital need a PET Scanner ?

It is the only government hospital for cancer patients in Sri Lanka

Without a PET Scanner doctors can only do 'guess work' when treating patients

Obtaining a PET scan from a private hospital in Colombo costs Rs. 150,000
    ( USD 1100 ) per scan

99% of cancer patients in Sri Lanka are unable to afford PET scans because     during the course of the treatment the patient is required to take at least 10     scans.


Positron Emission Tomography – Computed Tomography scan is a type of nuclear medicine imaging.

This scanning has become an essential diagnostic tool to reveal how body tissues and organs are functioning. A PET CT scan uses a radio active drug ( tracer) to show this activity

As this procedure is able to identify metabolic activity within the body, it offers the potential to identify disease in its earliest stages as well as to assess patients' immediate response to therapeutic interventions.

PET CT scanning is a minimally invasive painless procedure.


Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the world, second commonest killer in Sri Lanka followed by ischemic heart disease.

How do I know that I have Cancer?

Loss of weight/ loss of appetite, Enlarged lymph nodes Unresolving cough, hoarseness of voice or nasal

What can I do to prevent Cancer?

Lead a healthy, stress free life, Good dietary habits, Regular exercise, Say NO to smoking and alcoho

Does Cancer mean death?

No, early diagnosis and proper treatment leads to complete cure from cancer



The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the leading hospital under the Ministry of Health dedicated to the diagnosis and follow-up treatment of cancer patients.

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I was planning my wedding with my long standing love for 10 years when I was first diagnosed with AML, a form of blood cancer said to be quite fatal. Life took a negative turn thereafter and things came to a standstill.

At first, I was treated at a leading private hospital, but later on turned to NCIM as the burden of expenditure was heavy. Here at this government hospital everything is free of charge for patients. In spite of long queues and waiting lists, doctors a

I have learned a lot about life during the past year and a half and still learning while watching and experiencing the human suffering. In a way my illness was a blessing in disguise to understand life and has transformed me into a better soul than I was before.

I, together with a few of my close friends formed “Helping Hands for Kids” to help the voiceless children at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital. We put ourselves aside to give some funding towards the families that can't afford.”

When my father passed away in 2008 due to a heart attack, I, my two sisters and my mother picked up the pieces and started our journey of life again.

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer when I was reading for my advanced level examination for the second time in 2012. My dream of entering University shattered. At that time, Cancer meant death to me and I started crying. During this time, I was referred to the Counseling Unit at NCIM and from that day, I started to plan my life with a positive view. I was determined to undergo treatment. At 21 years, I was totally recovered and was back to my studies.

However, after a year, my disease relapsed. Even today, I am on treatment at NCIM. According to Buddhism, I have taken to meditation in a big way and am in a very strong state of mind. Doctors and staff at NCIM are dedicated and they go out of their way to help the victims of Cancer. In my view, they are next to God.

As a developing country, Sri Lanka is at a very good position when it comes to healthcare. The standards should be further improved with advanced medical technology and equipment which would go hand in hand with awareness programmes to educate the public on Cancer. If there is a State policy on Cancer, it will benefit the country as a whole.

When my father passed away in 2008 due to a heart attack, I, my two sisters and my mother picked up the pieces and started our journey of life again.

Although I was aware that betel, alcohol and tobacco were injurious to health, I could not resist these vices. Now, I am diagnosed with Oral Cancer. It is my view that awareness programmes should be held to educate our children to refrain from using above mentioned vices as it is the best time to prevent them from using.

When my father passed away in 2008 due to a heart attack, I, my two sisters and my mother picked up the pieces and started our journey of life again.

I have been at NCIM as an inpatient for almost six months during the process of treatment for my Cancer. Both my surgeries went on well, thanks to the expertise at the hospital. The consultant who treats me is an expert with a kind heart.

My disease has progressed into a complicated stage. I am now unable to appear in my usual TV programmes due to the devastating state of my illness. Cancer hits you hard whoever you are and whatever you do. I pray to good lord that not even my worst enemy should be stricken with Cancer.