Humble Beginnings

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.

Rapid Progress

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.


Statistics from January 2014 – December 2014

Total Number of wards (wards are not gender Based) 22
Children's wards 04
Adult wards 18
Total number of beds in wards 835
Beds in ICU / ETU / Operating theatre 100
Occupancy rate 102%
Average number of patients at the OPD DAILY 1000
ICU admissions (Surgical / Medical / Paediatric) 948
Total number of hospital deaths/td> 1897
Death rate 3.1%
Clinic attendance for first visit 10,124
Total number of Clinic visits 121,688
Total number of newly diagnosed patients 13,800

There are 3 types of treatments offered by the Hospital

  • Surgery
  • Radio Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Total number of surgeries                     9,504

Total number of Radio Therapy patients                     118,398

  • Cobalt - 78,891
  • Linac - 19,507

Total number of Chemotherapy patients
(this figure is only for OPD patients)                     25,397


There are 20 volunteers working on a regular basis. Apart from this there are many organizations such as 'Prashakthi Kantha Movement', 'Mithuruwela' etc. rendering a tremendous service to the hospital.


Throughout the year, donors from all corners of the world send whatever possible according to their ability

Total number of Diagnostic examinations

X rays 31,566
Ultra sound scan 26,558
CT Scans 4,482
Gamma camera scan 1,078
Mammography 3,775
ECG 11,924
Endoscopy 2,660
Echocardiogram 5,691


  • Breast Cancer
  • Surgical
  • Medical
  • Paediatric
  • Dental
  • Gynecology & Obstetrics
  • Genetics
  • Psychiatry
  • Counselling
  • Palliative Care
    (Started in August 2015 catering for incurable patients)


Salaries Rs.844,100,000
Equipment Rs.4,000,000
Medicine Rs.113,000,000
Drugs & dressing Rs.509,500,000
Special drugs Rs.864,400,000
Maintenance Rs.50,000,000
Estimated expenditure per patient
Diagnosis Lab investigations Rs.50,000 – 150,000
Imaging Rs.50,000 – 150,000
Surgical Rs.50,000 – 500,000
Surgical treatment Rs. 150,000 – 2,000,000
Chemotherapy Rs. 150,000 – 7,000,000
Radiotherapy Rs.150,000 – 600,000


Maharagama is a large suburb on the A4 road situated 15Kms from Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The hospital is located in a 12 acre land surrounded by a tranquil environment.