Gujarat Cancer Society

The Gujarat Cancer Society (GCS) was established in 1960 with a donation of ₹5000 as seed money collected from a charity cultural event organized by the Inner Wheel Club of Ahmedabad (Rotary Club). The will of the ladies’ members of the Inner Wheel Club to ameliorate the suffering and agony of patients with cancer crystallized into the formation of the Gujarat Cancer Society on 02 April 1961 under the presidentship of H E Shri Nawab Mehdi Nawaz Jung, Governor, and adopted the first constitution with first elected Governing Council on 27 Mar 1962.

With help from the Government, The M. P. Shah Cancer Hospital (Asarwa) was commissioned in the year 1965. Later, with a donation of £55000 from Shri M P Shah (a philanthropist from London), the support of Govt. of Gujarat and philanthropists of Gujarat jointly germinated the seed into M. P. Shah Cancer Hospital, which later metamorphosed into The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute (GCRI) in 1972.

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The Gujarat Cancer Society has three key institutes.

Gujarat Cancer Research Institute (GCRI) is a State Cancer Institute located in Ahmedabad (Gujarat State) and one of the largest cancer care centers in the country with modern cancer facilities for diagnosis and treatment. It is an amalgamation of specialties in surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, preventive oncology, pediatric oncology, neuro-oncology, gynec-oncology, radio-diagnosis and nuclear medicine, palliative medicine, laboratory and transfusion medicine, pathology and microbiology. GCRI also provides other allied services like home hospice care, physiotherapy, stoma clinic, speech therapy, cancer health check-up, prosthesis, and rehabilitation. It has a dedicated research wing – Cancer Biology which is exclusively involved in basic and clinical research, research training, teaching, and interdisciplinary advanced diagnostic services for patient management. GCRI is committed to providing the latest facilities and cancer care at an affordable cost to patients of state and neighboring states.

Largest Cancer Centers

One of the largest cancer centers in the country with modern facilities for Cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Unique Example of Cooperation

Unique example of cooperation between State Government, Central Government & NGO

Affiliated with B J Medical College

Affiliated with B J Medical College under Gujarat University for several postgraduate and super-specialty courses.

GCS Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre was dedicated to people by Shri Narendra Modi (Hon'ble Prime Minister of India) in 2011. GCS Hospital is a NABH Accredited 750-bed Multi-speciality Hospital which offers spectrum of services - all medical and surgical care under one roof.

GCS Hospital today serves patients from all walks of life at nominal cost with the highest standard of services developed on the strong foundation of state-of-the-art facilities, best medical expertise, research, education, and charitable endeavors.

GCS Medical College is recognized by National Medical Commission and is affiliated with Gujarat University. From its earlier days, GCS Medical College has always aimed to achieve a reputation of excellence in health education.

Community Oncology Centre (COC)

serves the community for cancer awareness, early detection, health check-up, and Hospice and Homecare. Its serene campus located amidst the dense part of Ahmedabad city is conveniently approachable to patients. COC hosts an exhibition as well as conducts training events related to cancer awareness.

GCS provides medicines at the cheapest rates to nearly 2 lakh cancer patients per year through T. B. Patel Drug Bank. GCS is committed to attend patients all types of needs through "Poor Patients Relief Scheme".

GCS Major Milestones


MCI approved Postgraduation in various specialties at GCSMC in Apr 2017.


GCS Received "Best NGO" award at Can India Conclave held on 20 Dec 2013 at Mumbai.


The first batch of MBBS students got enrolled at GCS Medical College (GCSMC) on 01 Aug 2011.


Govt handed over the land of New Swadeshi Mill to GCS for GCS Medical College in Sept 2009. Bhoomipujan on 12 Dec 2009


“Shri Ambalal Ranchhoddas Choksi Bone-Marrow Transplantation Unit" was started on 02 Apr 2002


Inauguration of "Shri Ramniklala Kinarivala New OPD Building" on 20 Jun 1997


Opening of "Shri Madanmohan Ramanlal Radiotherapy Centre" in Jan 1994


Opening of "Shri Hiralal H Bhagwati Interventional Therapy Unit” on 22 Dec 1993


Smt Indumatiben Jivanlal Kinarivala Paediatric Oncology Centre (First in India) inaugurated on 14 Jun 1992


Radiation Oncology received its first Linear Accelerator II on 31 Dec 1990


Community Oncology Centre & Hospice Complex inaugurated by H E President of India, Shri Venktaraman on 04 Apr 1988


Inauguration of Shri Navnitlal Ranchhodlal CT Scan Centre on 11 Oct 1984


Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai Research Centre was established for Cancer Research on 01 Nov 1979


Radiation Oncology received its second cobalt unit in Oct 1973.

Modern Intensive Care Unit and Pain Clinic started in 1973


A tripartite agreement of Govt of Gujarat, The Gujarat Cancer Society and The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute came into existence with effect from 01 Feb 1972.

Autonomous status to the M P Shah Cancer Hospital by Govt. of Gujarat in 1972.


Inauguration of The M P Shah Cancer Hospital by Smt Indira Gandhi, Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, in presence of H E Governor of Gujarat, Dr Kanugo, on 14 Dec 1966


Radiation Oncology started with an Isotope Unit by GOI in 1965

Outpatient Department started on 02 Oct 1965


Cancer Hospital Building construction, 27 Mar 1962


Formation of The Gujarat Cancer Society, 02 Apr 1961


The Gujarat Cancer Society became an active member along with the state authorities in spearheading cancer care activity in the State of Gujarat. Today, the Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute is full-fledged comprehensive cancer care and research Centre recognized by the Government of India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as State Cancer Institute. For more than fifty years, The Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute have been leading the fight against the menace of cancer with an ultra-modern treatment arsenal, advanced research, preventive care, and intense community awareness.

What began as a thoughtful, socially responsible gesture in 1961 has today touched millions of lives, offering comprehensive cancer treatment and care. We are indebted to Late Shri Jitendra Mehta, Founder Secretary of Gujarat Cancer Society, for his selfless efforts in establishing a strong foundation for serving the needy from all walks of life. While the journey to date is certainly a milestone, it's the future and our mission to reduce the burden of the disease in the coming years which is more compelling.

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