The Tata Memorial Hospital was initially commissioned by Sir. Dorabji Tata Trust on 28 February 1941 as a centre with enduring value and a mission for concern for the Indian people. In 1952 the Indian Cancer Research Centre was established as a pioneer research institute for basic research - later called the Cancer Research Institute (CRI). The Tata Memorial Hospital and Cancer Research Institute merged as the two arms of the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) in 1966 as a classic example of private philanthropy augmented by Government support with a mandate for Service, Education & Research in Cancer.
Every year nearly 43,000 new patients visit the clinics from all over India and neighbouring countries. Nearly 60% of these cancer patients receive primary care at the Hospital of which over 70% are treated almost free of any charges. Over 1000 patients attend the OPD daily for medical advice, comprehensive care or for follow-up treatment.
Nearly 6300 major operations are performed annually and 6000 patients treated with Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy annually in multi-disciplinary programmes delivering established treatments. At the TMH, Evidence Based Medicine is the keystone of our endeavour. Apart from the patient care and service, clinical research programmes and randomized trials contribute increasingly to improved delivery of care and highest standards of work ethics.
Surgery remains the vital form of treatment along with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The strategies for early diagnosis, treatment management, rehabilitation, pain relief and terminal care have been established in a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach for a total cancer care programme.
Palliative and supportive care
The Palliative Care Services Unit was established in the Tata Memorial Centre in 1996 and over 15,000 patients have been cared for since its inception. Its Home Care Services was launched in 1998 to extend the Care to patients at their homes in Mumbai. In 2002 paediatric Palliative Care was added to the services of the unit. Young children with a recurrence of cancer are treated to keep them pain free and active.
The Unit comprises dedicated doctors, nurses, psychologist, social workers and volunteers. As the size of the team has increased since the early days of the unit, so have the outreach and support services.
Palliative Care Services include:
- Assessment and management of pain and other symptoms
- Provision of prosthesis, wheel chairs, water beds and other aids
- Psychosocial support for patients and their families
- Financial aid for Care of patients
- Home Care in Mumbai
- Bereavement support
- Educational Support for children of Palliative patients where possible
- Training in Palliative Care for Doctors, Nurses and Volunteers from Western India