New Delhi, Oct 13: Seeking to cater to the patients in the national capital and neighbouring region, a new-age oncology centre has been commissioned in the heart of Delhi, where cancer cases have been on the rise in the last few years.
Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCIRC), one of Asia's largest centres for cancer care, has been launched in collaboration with National Chest Institute and is located in a modern facility in Gautam Nagar area.
"Delhi has among the highest incidence rates for childhood cancers in the country. According to Indian Council of Medical Research report 2012-14, Delhi had reported 551 new cases of cancers, which was 5.4 per cent of the total cases of cancers reported in India. 309 cases were reported in girls, which is 3.2 per cent of the total cases," RGCIRC said.
D S Negi, CEO of RGCIRC said, "We have set up the south Delhi centre to cater to the pressing need for our services in this part of the national capital region. RGCIRC's presence here will make it convenient for many in this part of the city as well as those in Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad."
The RGCIRC says more than 1,300 people die of cancer everyday and cancer cases in Delhi have been "on a rise" rapidly since 2008-09. "According to ICMR, cancer cases in India are expected to jump from around 14 lakh in 2016 to over 17.3 lakh by 2020.
Deaths due to cancer are projected to go up from 7.36 lakh to over 8.8 lakh in the next four years," it said in a statement.
"We get more than 60,000 patients every year for diagnosis and treatment at our main campus in Rohini. RGCIRC carries a legacy of 20 years, having catered to more than two lakh patients. We sincerely hope our expertise will help many more people."
The new centre will offer daycare services, emergency services and intensive care for cancer patients, supported by a round-the-clock pharmacy and diagnostics. It will hold super-specialty clinics on dedicated days so as to provide focused care.