The National Cancer Institute of Maharagama (NCIM), Sri Lanka was established in 1956 as a radiation treatment center for Cancer victims, which consisted of three radiation therapy units and ten wards for inhouse patients.
The hospital was expanded dramatically during the past few decades to accommodate the ever increasing number of patients stricken with all types of Cancer. Presently, it is the sole hospital in Sri Lanka where 80% – 85% of patients end up for specialized treatment for Cancer.
National Cancer Institute, Maharagama (Now Renamed as Apeksha Hospital)
The National Cancer Institute, Maharagama (NCIM), of Sri Lanka is the pioneer hospital under the Ministry of Health established to diagnose, treat and followup Cancer patients, through primary, secondary and tertiary care services. The NCIM offers both the diagnostic facilities necessary for the identification of all types of Cancer, and specialized care in surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Multi-disciplinary teams of expert Consultants manage the hospital services alongside medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical physicists, laboratory technicians and minor workers with the guidance of the administrative services provided by the Hospital Director.
All the services provided at NCIM are delivered free of charge for the patients from all walks of life. In addition to delivering quality care services, the NCIM is the major training center for medical undergraduates and postgraduates in the field of Oncology as well as other specialties in Medicine.