Treatment of cancer patients in Bikaner has a very old and distinguished history. Even earlier than 1940, in the whole North-West India, Bikaner was the only place to provide Radiation Therapy by the deep and superficial X-ray to cancer patients. The first Tele-Cobalt-60 machine for treatment of cancer patients was commissioned in 1965. Bikaner had become one of the oldest and prime centres of treatment of cancer in North-West part of India. This Institute was accorded the status of 13th Regional Cancer Centre on 19th July 1999 by the Government of India
Presently our Institute having following facilities
- Radiation Oncology ( 65 Beds)
- Medical Oncology (50 Beds)
- Surgical Oncology (50 Beds)
- Hematological Unit (20 Beds)
- Palliative care Unit (35 Beds)
- Preksha Cottage : (30 Beds)
Radiation oncology wing is equipped with Linear Accelerator, Gamma Camera, Brachytherapy, 3 cobalt units, CT simulator, 3D Planning TPS. The Bone Marrow transplant unit is under construction and will be functional soon. Separate ward for male and females, 30 cottage wards for cancer patients.
We address all disease types including haematology but have specialised expertise in supportive and palliative Care, psychosocial oncology, interventional pulmonology, interventional pain management, minimally invasive surgery. We are the tertiary referral centre and central point of referral for cancer patients with all malignancy. We care for our patients holistically, placing them within the context of their family, offering services to family members as well. Our supportive and palliative Care team is comprised of advanced practice and specialist nurses, social workers, and palliative care physicians.
Palliative and supportive care
We have two physicians trained in palliative care one is an anesthesiologists and another is a radiation oncologist both are trained by I.A.P.C. (E.P.) and B.C.C.P.M. Palliative care starts from day 1, which includes handling of pain, depression and control of symptoms. Joint rounds are given once in a day and grand rounds are given once in a week. The sharing of responsibility is done on the principals of managed care and shared care. This also includes patient support groups formed by volunteers including specialists. All major disciplines of oncology care are available in-house with pharmacy, laboratory and imaging. Palliative care assessments are done jointly within the Tumor board and all patients are psychologically assessed and for psychometry.